How To Install And Run Chromium OS From a USB Drive.



I am a big fans of Chrome OS, Google’s internet-focused operating system, which only officially ships on its own and third-party Chrome-books. It’s lightweight, boots quickly and runs apps on the web through the built-in Chrome browser.

Better yet, because your files are stored online, Chromium OS, on which Chrome OS-based, is the perfect mobile operating system for running from a USB drive.


Chromium OS is released by its developers as open-source code, which needs to be compiled before it will run. Fortunately, that's already been done for, if you instead download it from Chromium OS.

Following Steps To Install ChromiumOS on USB Drive.

Step 1
Click the file at the top of the list for the most recent version. As you’ll see from its extension, this has been compressed in 7-Zip format, so you’ll need to download 7-Zip from 7-ZIP (if you don’t already have it) to open it. Save the expanded file to the desktop so it’s easy to find. 


Step 2
In the meantime, download and install Etcher, which performs a similar function to Rufus in that it formats and makes your stick bootable, then installs the operating system on it. 

balena etcher

Step 3
LaunchEtcher, click Select Image and point it at the file you unzipped from the Chromium download. 

Step 4
Click Select Drive and choose your USB stick, then click Flash. Etcher will wipe your stick and create several partitions on it, which Windows will see as unformatted virtual drives.

When the process completes, Windows will offer to format each partition in turn – you should cancel the offer every time.

Step 5
Quit Etcher and any other running programs, but leave the USB stick connected and restart your PC so it boots into Chromium. See the section below for advice on setting your PC to boot from USB rather than its internal drive.

So by following these five simple steps, you can install and run Chromium OS on your USB Drive.



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