Google’s chrome OS has been in the limelight for a while now, but many of us have come to assume that the operating system is only available to those using Google’s Chromebooks . Samsung and Acer are the two brands selling Chromebooks in the international market. So what do you do in such cases, when an operating system that’s deemed to be free isn’t available on Google’s site?

Well, you download it from a third party developer’s page. In this guide, we’ll show you how to download and installed a chromium OS build on a USB drive. It is quite simple really, ant it doesn’t take more than five minutes once you have the 240 – odd MB images downloaded. Here is what you will need to get chromium OS running.


1. The chrome OS image. In this case, we shall use the Hexxeh‘s chromium OS build. You can download it from here.    

2. A USB flash drive. We recommend using a 4 GB flash drive, at least.

3. A utility called windows images writer, which can be downloaded from  here.

Hexxeh is the developer behind the hexxeh chromium builds. The sight contains the bunch of build and the ‘Flow’ build, though stable, is a little outdated. The newer build can be found here. Remember that the chromium build are not official stable builds, so there are bound to be some issues and glitches that you will notice while notice it. They might even offer better compatibility with your hardware. Find the build you need and download it. The download size of the archives is likely to be between 240 and 327 MB. The downloadable images are available as TAR or GZ files, which can be extracted using a compression tool such as 7zip or winrar. The file within the archive should be an IMG file. Extract it to your desktop.

Now, we have to dump this IMG file on a USB flash drive. Before you write the chromium OS image to the flash drive, ensure that you have saved all your data from it securely. Next, start the Windows image writer utility and select the drive. Choose the IMG file that you have extracted and click on the ‘write’ button. This process should take a few minutes. Chromium OS will the be installed on you flash drive.

Next, boot your notebook or desktop PC using the flash drive. Ensure that you have enabled USB booting from the BIOS. Plug in the USB flash drive on your PC and power it on. The flash drive should automatically boot into chromium OS. Once booted, simply login your Google account and you should able to install web apps available on the chrome store and use your own notebook as if it were a Chromebook..