Can Chrome OS be installed on a Windows laptop?

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I was thinking about getting a Chomebook, but I’d like to give Chrome a test drive before making the purchase. Can the Chrome OS be installed on an existing laptop, or is it limited to Chrome specific hardware?

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jimlynch
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How to install Google's Chrome OS
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/how-to-install-googles-chrome-os/9006

"The commercial Chromebooks are almost here, but if you want to try Chrome OS sooner than that you can do it. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as you might think. Here's how to do it.

First, if you just try looking for "Chrome OS download" on Google, ironically, you're going to have trouble finding it. Instead, you're most likely to find links that will eventually take you to Chrome OS Linux. This is not Google's Chrome OS. It's a Linux distribution that uses Chrome OS. It may be fine. I don't know. I haven't tried it, but it's not the Chrome OS that you're looking for."

Conrad O'Brien
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Try this: http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/

you can get it booting in 10-15 mins.

 

Here's a video to help you out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l9ou3yir-M

becker
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Yes and no. Chrome is Goole’s version of the Chromium OS that ships with OEM machines. But, sure, you can install Chromium and get a feel of the OS, albeit without a few things built-in as they are in Chrome, such as Flash and Google Talk. Chromium is an open source OS, and you can find it freely available, BUT it isn’t a super simple installation. You need Umbutu and a 64 bit system for starters. Check out the Chromium Project page for more info.

http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os

The quick start guide will show you the steps you need to take for a build/install, and you can decide if you want to go through with it.

http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/quick-start-guide

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