A developer posted a guide called Chromefy in XDA. The guide lets us install Chrome OS on any PC or tablet.
Google keeps trying to take market share from Microsoft’s Windows with its Linux-based OS. There is no stock shortage because every big manufacturer has devices supporting Chrome OS. The latest Chromebook models have been improved in terms of performance and branched out into formats like 2-in-1 computers.
Besides newer devices, the OS can be installed in older computers. Google does not make it easy, although it has a free version of the OS (Chromium OS) on which tools like Neverware’s CloudReady and ArnoldTheBat are based. Installing Chromium is easy, but installing Chrome OS is more complicated.
Chromefy: Chrome OS on any PC
On the great worldwide forum XDA-Developers has become (especially for everything related to Android ROMs), we found a guide to install the full version of Chrome OS on almost any PC and tablets. It is not as simple as installing Chromium OS with CloudReady and it requires following a series of specific steps:
- Flash Chromium OS on a bootable live USB.
- Boot into the live USB using Linux commands.
- Resize the drive partitions (Gparted recommended).
- Download the official Chrome OS image for a hardware similar to the one you have.
- Maybe you will need to use a Chrome OS recovery image from a TPM 1.2 device to fix a login issue.
- Run the Chromefy installation script and other commands to install the Chrome OS image. Reboot the device manually.
It is not easy, but if you want to try, you can find Chromefy on GitHub as well as a full step-by-step tutorial. There is also a Telegram group. At first, the process was supposed to make Chrome OS the device’s OS, but the developer provides a guide to install and dual boot it with other systems like Windows or Linux.
Although this requires knowledge and following the required steps, it could be a good option to give older laptops new life and explore Google’s offer for PCs without having to buy a Chrome OS computer. This is not a GNU/Linux distro like many open-source fans would like it to be. However, the OS is really easy to use, is compatible with Android apps and can run Linux apps through Project Crostini.