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Can I install a different Operating System on Google Chromebook?

Date: 31 May 2014   Posted By: Pravin S Chavre     Group: Computers & Smart Devices    Category: Laptops & Tablets   

Please tell me whether I can Install an Operating System like Ubuntu or Windows on the newly launched Google Chromebook.

I know that the hardware specifications of Google Chromebook will not match up with the requirements that are needed for Windows and Ubuntu.

If it is not possible, what is the reason behind it?

Please explain it?

Is it possible to install Windows or Linux on a Chromebook? Does the hardware support other operating systems? Find out the options to change the OS on your Chrome OS computer.

Author: Mobile Boy    15 Feb 2015      Member Level: Gold     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

Chromebook is build on top of Linux kernel. I have read articles about installing Linux OS in Chromebook. Chrome OS is decorated version of Linux. You can easily install Ubuntu OS on top of Chrome OS. After installing you can switch between the two. For installing Ubuntu OS you should activate developer mode and the option will be available in recovery screen. From there your need to install a package which allows you to install Ubuntu OS. The name of the package is Crouton.

This is exactly similar to flashing ROM in Android. You know Android phone only supports ROM with Linux families. You cannot install Windows Phone OS in Android similarly you can't install Windows XP or Windows 7 OS in Chromebook.

Reason for not possible to install Windows OS in Chromebook

In Chromebook you don't have access to boot loader. Only a system with boot loader supports multiple kernels. Installing Ubuntu in Chrome OS is just like installing additional software. Ubuntu will use the same kernel that is used by Chrome OS. So it is possible to install Ubuntu and it is not possible to install Windows OS.

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