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Just a few days ago, Google announced the release of the Chrome OS source code. Within less than 24 hours, the web was littered with disk images for running the new OS on virtual machines such as VMWare and VirtualBox. I even managed to put together my own Google Chrome OS download in the form of a complete VirtualBox appliance. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve taken it a step further, and now you can easily try it on your own computer from a USB thumb drive.

Before You Get Started

Before you decide to download Chrome OS, there are probably a few things I should tell you about it. It is in the very early stages of development, so there is still a lot of stuff that doesn’t work. In fact, it may not work for you at all.

You should also be made aware that this operating system is very simplistic by design, as it is intended for use on netbook computers. By definition, a netbook is a small and inexpensive laptop intended for very casual use such as web browsing and simple office tasks. When you launch Chrome OS, pretty much all you get is a web browser. Don’t be surprised if you go through all this and say to yourself, “I did all that work just to log into a freakin’ browser?”


First of all, you will of course need a USB drive you can use to try it out. The disk image is 2,988,442,112 bytes, so you’ll probably need a 4GB thumb drive to be able to use it. If you have any files on your USB drive that you need, be sure to back them up to a safe place because this will wipe all the data from your USB drive. Consider yourself warned.

You will also need a computer that allows booting from a USB drive. You’ll need to instruct your computer’s BIOS to boot from the USB drive instead of the hard drive like it normally does. When you boot up your computer, it should provide you with information as to how to bring up a boot menu. On some machines it is the F8 key and others the F12 key or some other key.

If it all scrolls by too fast, some computers will allow you to pause the boot sequence by pressing the Pause key. That should give you all the time you need to read all that stuff on the screen to see if you can find out what the boot menu key is (if there is one). If you don’t see anything about a boot menu, you could also try editing your BIOS settings to boot from the USB drive. You may wish to consult your computer (or motherboard) manual on how to do this.

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You will also need a little bit of luck. Chromium OS may or may not work on your computer hardware. I did successfully run it on two home-built frankenstein computers (with ASUS motherboards), but it did not successfully recognize the network adapter on my Dell laptop. All of this work may be for nothing, if it ends up that Chromium OS does not like your network adapter. Ah yes, I forgot to mention that you do also need a computer with a network adapter.

Finally, you’ll need to download the necessary files to put Chromium OS (that’s what the open source version of Google Chrome OS is called) onto your USB drive. I’ve packaged it all together in a torrent for you:

Download the Chromium OS for USB Torrent (Right-click and Save As)

You’ll need a good BitTorrent client like µTorrent to download it. If you’re new to BitTorrent, be sure to check out our Big Book of BitTorrent. You’ll learn more than you’ll ever want to know about it.

The torrent has a zip file that includes the disk image, as well as a Windows tool for putting the image onto a USB drive. The program you’ll use to create the Chrome OS USB boot disk is called Image Writer for Windows. It’s a nifty little tool for writing disk images, it’s free, and it’s open source.

You don’t need to download it seperately because I’ve already included it in the torrent. I just wanted to mention the good folks that developed the great application and send them some link love as well.

Installing Chromium OS to your USB Drive

Unzip, and launch Win32DiskImager.exe. If you need a program to unzip the archive, you can download IZArc. If you get the warning below when you launch Image Writer, don’t sweat it. It’s looking for a floppy disk that’s not there.

Once you’ve got Image Writer running, click the folder icon and select the chrome_os.img file (it should be located in the same place where you extracted the zip file and launched Win32DiskImager.exe).

Connect your USB drive to your PC. If you have autorun enabled, you may want to wait a few seconds for your computer to do its thing. Just close whatever window may pop up. Next, click on the Device dropdown and select the drive letter that corresponds to your USB drive. Then, click Write and the program will commence writing the disk image to your USB drive.

Boot Up Chromium OS

You’re now ready to boot up Chromium OS! You can just leave the USB drive in your machine and reboot it. When the machine boots, press the boot menu key on your keyboard. Select your USB drive from the menu. In about 10 seconds or so, you should see the Chromium OS login screen.

Download Google Chrome OS

Login with chronos and password. This will log you in as a local user. Once you log in, you should see what looks almost just like the Google Chrome browser. If you click on the Chrome sphere in the upper left corner, you should see a Google Accounts login page telling you to log into Welcome. Log in with your Google Account.


If you do not see this page and you get a browser page that says it could not find the page requested, then unfortunately luck is not on your side. It means that Chromium OS doesn’t like your network adapter. You could still however try it out in a virtual machine if you so desire. If you were able to succesfully log in, you should then see the application page.

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As you can see, it is all in the cloud. All the applications you see on the app page bring up different webpages, and everything you do takes place within the browser. In my experience, although it did boot up relatively fast, the browser tends to run a bit slow and is a bit jumpy. Although the calculator and notepad launch properly in little popover windows, the apps don’t work and nothing loads into the windows at all.

The To-do List application doesn’t work either, and you get a account login page. Note, this is not the same as a Google Accounts login so you won’t be able to log in with your Google Account. The login page is only for Google employees. The Contacts application brings up a Google Talk gadget that doesn’t appear to work.

As I said earlier, a lot of the stuff isn’t working right. You’ll also see right at the top of the application page a message that says UI under development. Designs are subject to change.

All the other applications are simply links to webpages. One thing that I found rather amusing is that when you click on the Hotmail icon, it takes you to Gmail. However, the Yahoo! Mail icon does indeed bring you to the Yahoo! Mail login page. I suppose Google likes Yahoo! better than they do Microsoft.

So what do you think of Chrome OS? Do you think it is the netbook operating system of the future?

  1. ihatescammers
    October 24, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Great way to spread a virus by having every cheap greedy user blindly follow your instructions. A vetted clean Chromium OS is from CloudReady. It's a clean uninfected version used by educational institutions. And it works on any old PC.

  2. igor
    February 13, 2010 at 4:23 am

    I try USB boot with version 999.999.333309.213456 and username and password doesn't work. When I type "chronos" "@gmail" is automaticly added and always standig a message "Network not connected and offline login fail".

    • Jorge Sierra
      February 13, 2010 at 6:43 am

      If you download the torrent in this post, it should work. If you downloaded Chromium OS somewhere else, you'll need to go back to where you got it for the local username and password.

      • igor
        February 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

        Thank's. Now it's OK. Old image was some Cherry version but on that site link "home" doesn't work so I have no way to find out username and passwd. Thank's again.

  3. purushotam
    February 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Do you want to install Chrome OS on your hard disk,alongside your existing operating system? See this...

  4. danny
    February 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    though it really was slow and temperamental it made my whole day. I can't wait for the full version i will be the first one to buy a chrome netbook. I can see the concept unfolding just from the start. It's going to be amazing. So simple its too cool. SIGN ME UP!

  5. Jake
    February 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    When you boot chrome off a thumb drive, do files, web browsing history, etc. show up on the computer hard drive or does the thumb drive act as a separate "hard drive" and nothing spills over to the main computer hard drive?


    • Jorge Sierra
      February 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      All the files stay on the USB drive. Nothing is placed on the hard drive, unless you explicitly install Chrome on your hard drive.

  6. sreevatsa
    February 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    i'm downloading torrent and it may work. i'm using internet from my cell phone through pc suite. how to connect to net in chrome os from

  7. srahasan
    January 31, 2010 at 11:14 am

    can i run this ox without internet?

    pls tell us in the link

    • martid4
      January 31, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      No, you need the tubes to run this OS.

  8. koman
    January 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I'll be happy when google comes out with a desktop os! they've already shown their talents in open source operating systems for mobile devices, now laptops, next stop a full on desktop os.

  9. Chris
    January 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I have an 8GB SDHC Card. It has only 1 Primary Partition (tried to Format in FAT, FAT32 and NTFS) with 7,6GB. Tried to Format with DISKPART, also used the CLEAN Command. I have copied all files (.img and win32diskimager) to: "C:/Imager". Now, the Software always says "Not enough Space on Disk". I already read the Comments on this page referencing on that problem. Do i need a Linux File System on my SD Card or what could be my Problem?

    • Chris
      January 21, 2010 at 2:11 am

      Now, i have installed it on a 4GB USB Drive. Its working on my Asus 1101 ha. It also likes my WiFi Adapter. But its running really slow. Maybe my USB Drive is USB 1.0, i don't know. Might there be any other configurations to be done?

      • Jorge Sierra
        January 21, 2010 at 4:27 am

        I don't know that there's anything you can do to configure it to run faster. The performance is kind of hit and miss, depending on your hardware. I ran it on an eePC and the performance was great. On my Dell laptop and Frankenstein desktop, it tended to be pretty sluggish.

  10. Simon Schilder
    January 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Worked like a charm on first try.
    I have an HP nx9420 laptop
    It just doesn't like my wireless adapter.
    wired worked immediately

    just a bit sluggish.
    can't wait for the definite version

    great article

  11. Caleb
    January 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I have a 8 gig flash drive and after reformatting on a friends computer it works fine on theirs (Windows 7)
    But now it doesn't work in any of my USB ports (Windows Vista)
    The ports work fine and can read other USB flash drives and mice just fine. I don't wanna just give this flash drive away to them and it wasn't the other issues found in these comments about it being reduced to 900 mb. I tried that tool at
    and it did nothing. why won't it read on my sony vaio? It shows up in the task bar to "safely remove" but no pop-up window that you usually get when initially plugging a USB flash drive in. and it doesn't show up in "my computer". HELP!

    • dave
      January 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Caleb

      It could be that when the flash drive was formatted on win 7
      it also assigned a drive letter. On your pc check your drives have you got any other drive letters that are not in use.
      If so use this command in a dos prompt or simply
      copy and paste the text into notepad and save as (all files) the file as deletedrivemaps.cmd then double click the file

      net use e: /delete
      net use f: /delete
      net use g: /delete
      net use h: /delete
      net use i: /delete
      net use j: /delete
      net use k: /delete
      net use l: /delete
      net use m: /delete
      net use n: /delete
      net use o: /delete

      hope this hels

    • Jorge Sierra
      January 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      Caleb, you could also try using diskpart as wiggle did. Read his comments above.

  12. dave
    January 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Great watching top gear on the bbc iplayer. Running from a 4gb stick on an Asus f3f centrino duo. The laptop was heading for the bin as the motherboard won't recognise the hard drive.
    This os runs great from the stick perfect for the kids


  13. chrome
    December 30, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    it doesnt work for any of my computers i really was looking fwd to it
    _sad face_

    • Don
      December 31, 2009 at 4:29 am

      I had the same problem, I couldn't run it (from USB) on HP mini 311 or Dell 10V or my MacBookPro. VirtualBox ran it on all systems.

  14. chrome
    December 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    hey ... you should try hiding old comments becuz other wise you have a hug webpage

    love the webpage by the way geeky fun is the best!!!

  15. Arjun Bajaj
    December 30, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Hey can I know how to shut down the os if running on a computer......Google tells that u can just put down the lid of a laptop but what about computers...... Please Help and thats weired that google didn't make a shut down button............

    Please Help......

    • greybat
      December 30, 2009 at 7:33 am

      Power off the computer!

    • Skalman
      January 26, 2010 at 7:21 am

      (ctrl) + (alt) + (t)

      then write

      sudo shutdown -h now


  16. Rob
    December 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Great idea, but 3 Gig image size? C'mon guys, get real.
    If this is the future in OS's, we have a lot to worry about.
    A 600meg CD image of Knoppix can do 10 times what ChromeOS can do, and it doesn't rely on some airy fairy Cloud to operate.
    A big WTF. o.O

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm

      It's not really that big. There's a lot of empty space on the disk image. You may want to check out Hexxeh's builds.

    • Don
      December 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm

      Remember you made this comment. A year or so from now you'll be eating some humble pie.

  17. Jorge Sierra
    December 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    test, ignore this comment as well!

  18. GreyBat
    December 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    After some problems with a U3 flash drive, which I had to reformat etc, etc,, I got this working fine on an Aspire 100 netbook. WiFi is fine once I broadcast my SSID, and then entered WPA password.

    Only problem is - not being a Linux man - where do I find my hard drive for setting Downloads location?

    PS: Don't think I'll be using this as default OS for a while! I'm fine with Win7 Home Premium for now! But it's fun to play with.

    • greybat
      December 30, 2009 at 7:31 am

      (I should have said this is running on an Aspire One (Model ZG5) netbook, not Aspire 100!)

      On the subject of USB drive, I used an 8gb drive. According to Win7 Disk Management, the imagewriter divided this into 3 950mb partitions, and 4gb+ of unallocated space. I can see and delete the 2nd and 3rd partitions (although, presumably, doing so would corrupt Chrome), but I cannot use them in Windows, and cannot assign drive letters. (I presume this is because they are Linux partitions.) I also cannot create a partition in the unallocated space. I also cannot see the USB drive in Partition Wizard to see what that can do! From what I read in another post at this may be a restriction that Windows that does not allow partitioning of removable media. There is a workaround posted at the link above, which I might try!

      • Greybat
        December 31, 2009 at 9:19 am

        Workaround above doesn't work. The Lexar program (BootIt) doesn't even see the removable drive, again, presumably, because the drive is not useable in Windows once the Chrome image has been written to it.

  19. LR
    December 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Really want to try this! What types of internet connections will it work with at this stage? Hear people have problems with wifi. What about 3g modems? Those of you that got it to work, was it only with wired connections?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 29, 2009 at 2:32 pm

      I think some folks have been able to get WiFi working. I don't think it comes with any 3g modem drivers, as far as I know.

  20. Georgee2
    December 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Definatly the OS of the future for netbooks !!! Even the XP run like a 90 year-old granpa in the marathon :) ... And you have the chance to have a blue screen . I use Ubuntu 9.10 on my netbook and run 100x times faster than the XP !!! I definatly give my vote to this OS . Well done Google you shut the mouth of Bill Gates and his useless Windows 7. Power to free OS !!!! Also very nice post !!!

  21. Frank
    December 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Can you build the latest version of Chrome /Chromium OS and update/upload to torrent, rapidshare, megaupload etc? Please?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm

      Hexxeh seems to be posting new builds relatively regularly.

  22. Aibek
    December 28, 2009 at 3:25 am

    test, ignore this comment!

  23. Doc
    December 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Very exciting, but before I try: is there any chance this will work with my internal 3g modem on my Aspire one? That is my only Internet connection right now. I guess I would have to be very lucky to make that work since people don't even get wifi to work? Anybody knows anything about this? The app that came with the pre-installed win xp for the 3g modem is called globetrotter connect. Thanks.

  24. Greg
    December 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I can see the utility of this OS for running the likes of a cheap sub-PC-type machine like the old Psion Organisers or such like, but i'm not sure about running it on a netbook - seems like an exercise in "how to disable as many of your netbook's features as possible, leaving you with just the very basics so you spent all that money for nothing".

    Jorge, well done! One question: I need to change the network TCPIP settings as I run static IP, how would I do this? Presumably bring up a command window and... what? Need to set ip, subnet mask, gateway and DNS. Please help!

  25. martid4
    December 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I have tried booting from USB on Dell Mini 10v, HP Mini 311 and now my MacBook Pro 13". I have had to resort to VirtualBox and VMware Fusion. I was able to load Android too!

  26. Lorin
    December 26, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I have an article about running Chrome OS in VirtualBox. You can view it by visiting . Thank you!

  27. John
    December 25, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Is the Chrome OS running directly on you computer much faster than on a virtual machine?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 26, 2009 at 7:18 am

      I think it may depend on the hardware you have. There's only one way to find out. ;)

  28. Legal
    December 22, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Hej! nice work, only one sad thing that it not so good on ho thin client. I would like that kind on thinstation :)

  29. shitu
    December 20, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    F*k... my 8gb thumbdrive is now rendered useless and it is showing only 900mb as useable space..

    I've tried Camron and Manmadehuman solution and it does not work in giving back my 8gb! FU**K...


  30. mads thomsen
    December 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I've just starting playing with this OS tonight. So far I've had it running on a laptop Lenovo T400, laptop Dell Inspiron 1720, laptop ASUS eee pc 1101HA and finally an older stationary pc. All of them ran ChromeOS and boottime was around 30/35 seconds including bios time (fastest is the Lenovo). This from an USB stick. Not bad at all. Wireless networking does'nt seem to work but I can live with that for at while. Then again I did not try hard to make it work... Looking so much forward to get it on a SSD drive.
    Thanx for the torrent.

  31. n3rdg1rl
    December 16, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    ....I mean chronos and password....*sigh*

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

      Are you using my build, or some other build? If you're using the one in the torrent in this article, chronos/pasword should work. It does indeed append the, but it should work.

  32. n3rdg1rl
    December 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I feel kinda retarded right now. I'm a tech that can't log in to this! I type in chromium and goes at the end automatically and when I put password in as the password and hit enter it just gives me the "Network not connected and offline login fail". What am I doing wrong?

  33. rakky
    December 15, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Thanks for the information that you have provided. I also got some information about the Installation of Crome with Virtual Box from

  34. thepenks
    December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    thanks for sharing info..very helpfull..

  35. rohit
    December 14, 2009 at 7:08 am

    i tried this stuff but when i reboot all i find is blank screen i waited for 5 min but nothing came on.... and i came back to my xp

  36. rohit
    December 14, 2009 at 6:11 am


  37. Richard
    December 12, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I also installed in a VirtualBox. It is fairly straight-forward as Jorge pointed out. I have tried it booted off a pen drive too. But, I already have a browser on my laptop and Linux boots there in 8 seconds! (^: BTW, newer Linux distros boot in 5 seconds.

    I can see non-technical computer use of Google Chromium OS with a handheld device or a green netbook non-techie. However, I cannot imagine using this OS personally (except, perhaps, to contribute to the OS, itself). Local disk storage and non-browser applications are absolutely essential to software developers. I guess that I am atypical for this type of OS.

    What about computer games that are not cloud-based? There are 1000s of Linux and Windows games now that people use. Wait for browser-based equivalents running on the cloud?

    Another potential roadblock: cloud-based storage. There is a (perhaps a somewhat irrational) fear of storing the "family jewels" on a cloud, however protected it may seem to be. Data examples of concern are corporate proprietary/strategic data, address/contact books, and family/personal information. I suppose one could keep this type of data on a local pen drive or portable USB hard drive if you are traveling but how would I access a spreadsheet, for example? Package OpenOffice as the configured application for specific file types (DOC, ODT, XLS, ODS, etc.) in Chrome? Maybe I answered my own questions about data protection. (:

    For me, I'll try to keep an open mind on cloud appliances.

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 12, 2009 at 10:18 am

      I suspect that before Chrome OS actually ships, they will provide offline functionality. Most Google cloud applications have offline functionality in some form or another, and the trend will continue.

      Offline Gmail graduated from labs this week, which is just one part of the strategy to provide offline capabilities to applications in Google Chrome OS.

  38. Paul C
    December 9, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Thank you very much for this. I've got an Acer Aspire One A150 and it works very well, and is fast too! Thank you.

  39. john Alex
    December 7, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Still a lot of work to be done. Google is starting to fall down the trap Microsoft fell into in thinking people will follow enmass if they have enough incentive and if they don't - then sideline the buggers.

    Googles paypacket rests on people going online Microsofts paypacket rests on people buying their offline products. This is another attempt by Google to step into Microsofts castle but most people who use a netbook don't use it solely for online services and the cloud and Google are irrelevent in that respect.

    • Richard Chequer
      December 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

      I don't think people are picking up on the fact you need a good broadband connection to use this software. The point of a netbook is its extreme portability; I use my netbook in the depths of the countryside where a weak GPRS signal often has to suffice. I also use offline software like OpenOffice and will store browsed information for later use when there is no signal. To my mind the "everything is in the cloud" concept has a fatal flaw, in that a netbook has to be able to run "standalone".

  40. cheap computers
    December 7, 2009 at 2:20 am

    a netbook is a small and inexpensive laptop intended for very casual use such as web browsing and simple office tasks.

  41. Hrushikesh
    December 7, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I downloaded it and installed on USB drive. But when I reboot and try to boot from the pen drive, it says "Boot Error".... Do I need to try writing again?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 7, 2009 at 7:19 am

      You may want to try again. If you have multiple USB drives on the machine, be make sure you select the right one.

    • Richard
      December 12, 2009 at 10:50 am

      Creating a pen drive image on a POSIX system (Unix, Linux, or Mac)

      Keep in mind, that the output of `dd` should be a path at the device level. If not, you can get all sorts of boot errors.

      Case in point: Recently, I sleepily specified of=/dev/sdb1 (first volume on device /dev/sdb, a pen drive). The dd utility happily wrote a boot image into that volume. I was supposed to specify of=/dev/sdb in order to copy the disk iamge (IMG) to the entire device. Lol@myself.

  42. David Buckham
    December 5, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Anyone else experiencing a slow trackpad? I have tweaked it using the OS properties and it is still slow.

    • Sunny
      December 20, 2009 at 12:48 am

      Hi Its Sunny (Google Chrome OS private beta tester) . The trackpad issue is due to a bug, we are working on it.

      for details contact me at - sunnyguha(at)neversaydie(dot)co(dot)in

  43. Doug Kaye
    December 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    How do OS updates work with Chrome OS? Is there a way to update a build that lives on a USB drive? If I replace the disk image, are all my personal settings saved i the cloud? For example, there's supposedly a change to the source that will support WiFi on the EeePC1000. If I install a build from that source, what will I have and what will I lose? There must be *some* way to update the OS, but perhaps it hasn't been implemented yet. ...doug

    • Doug Kaye
      December 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm

      Oops. I should have searched the comments for "updates" before posting that. Found my answer.

  44. Jon_J
    December 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I have tried two different images, both from Hexxeh. (chromiumos.tar.gz and ChromeOS-Cherry.tar.gz)
    I hope I'm not posting to the wrong area using these images.
    So far, I haven't had any unexpected problems that aren't covered somewhere on the net.
    I have a Dell Mini-10 (not the 10v) Using the latest build, ChromeOS-Cherry, I am able to connect to my wireless with my built-in Broadcom 4312 card. It takes several minutes to acquire my AP, but that has already been discussed.
    It doesn't load any drivers for my Intel GMA500 graphics, but does display at 1024x768 with no problem.
    My native resolution, using GMA500 drivers, is 1366x768.
    I don't know if the video driver issue is causing this, but everything I do with the mouse and keyboard is in slow motion.
    If I type in a URL into the browser, I have to wait a couple seconds for my characters to appear in the address bar.
    Using the terminal, my typed characters appear onscreen 2-3 seconds after I typed them.
    Clicking various GUI elements also have the same delayed effect as the above input from the keyboard.
    I'm having fun exploring this latest cutting edge OS. :)

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm

      My experience with it is similar to yours. The keyboard response is slow.

  45. Andrew Swift
    December 5, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Does anybody know how to change the keyboard layout? I assume that it would require building my own disk image, since the system is read-only after install.

    Can anyone confirm this?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

      You should be able to do it from the terminal. Ctrl+Alt+T and then type setxkbmap xx where xx is your two-character country code.

      • Andrew Swift
        December 5, 2009 at 12:56 pm

        Worked like a charm -- thanks!

  46. Doug Kaye
    December 5, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Trying on an Asus EeePC 1000HE. Entering username "chronos" auto-expands to "" but login fails (Incorrect username or password). No WiFi, but hardwire Ethernet seems to work. No mouse/touchpad, at least on the login screen. Can't get past that due to the login problem. But I'm not giving up yet! Using 999.999.33309.213456 build.

    • Doug Kaye
      December 5, 2009 at 8:39 am

      Got it working now. I was using a build from another site. This one works fine, except for wifi.

      • Jorge Sierra
        December 5, 2009 at 10:35 am

        Yeah, different builds use different passwords and such. This particular build I put together myself.

  47. Per
    December 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Actually I did. I downloaded from That was wrong =) After downloading the zip from site site it worked like a charm.

  48. Per
    December 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I tried "installing it" twice now, testing also on an Acer Aspire One with the same result. My desktop computer just displayed a black screen =/ I am doing something wrong, aint I?

  49. Per
    December 4, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Hi, thanks for the guide!
    I tried to boot my usbdevice on my Asus Eee PC but It gets stuck showing "chromium os" on a blue background, no login fields. Is it a hardware problem perhaps? Any idea of how to get past it?

    • Jay
      December 15, 2009 at 4:18 am

      Im having the same problem, what was your solution?

    December 4, 2009 at 3:15 am

    it does not recognize my network adapter

  51. jitender dogra
    December 4, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I have one hell of a question for the guy who put up the torrent.
    How do you compress an image file of roughly 3 GB into a zipped file of roughly 300 MB.
    Are the setup files that highly compressible types or is it some secret compression technique that you used for it.

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 4, 2009 at 6:57 am

      Nah, no secret compression technique. There is a lot of empty space on the partitions in the image, which is what causes it to compress so much.

  52. rags
    December 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Good article and worth comments.
    As you said "I did all that work just to log into a freakin’ browser?”", which is very true. For some people it could be annoying, techies like me.
    I was expecting more than just a browsers with Chrome OS. Honestly it Chrome OS disappoints me, I rather choose linux OS for my netbook than Chrome OS.

  53. Abhishek
    December 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    useful and good post. For installing Chrome OS in Virtual Box check out this link

    • Tanmay
      February 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      Abhishek you are quite fast in the web. Any way you've chosen a best place to publish your site url.

  54. Kinetic
    December 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Its needs a media player, music and video is a huge part of waht alot of people do with their computers, laptops etc

    This is the same

  55. Bageshwar
    December 2, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I used the Vmware Image, now the OS boots, and logins, but No internet access, how to configure that, I can use a direct ip of a proxy, but dont know where to put in the configurations :(

  56. Paul Roberts
    December 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    @Xander installer was fine on w7 for me, think it might need to be readable by windows though, try formating the flash drive as fat32 first.

  57. Ray
    December 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Typing this from Chrome OS running off my flash drive on my Dell 9400/E1705.
    Ethernet works, WiFi works (Intel 4965AGN), sound works. =)

  58. Xander
    December 1, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Can't get the installer running in Win7 (Home Premium OEM). Tried compatibility modes (vista,xp) and as Admin... nada.

    Any thoughts?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 1, 2009 at 11:38 am

      You could submit a question to Image Writer support indicating you are having problems using the app in Win7.

      • Xander
        December 1, 2009 at 11:55 am


        We'll see. Just figured there'd be somebody else running Win7 here that might've encountered the same. I'll post if they get a workthrough.

  59. Ron
    November 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks for posting this! My Asus EEEPC 900A booted up fine. After I entered the key for my wireless router, it's connected smoothly to the internet every time.

  60. SL
    November 30, 2009 at 11:41 am

    One question: how can we trust that when we type our Google credentials into an image that you made that you're not sniffing them and sending them to Russian spam bots?

    • imma
      November 30, 2009 at 11:45 am

      Trust is always something given, it cannot be demanded or proven. Trust is a choice *you* make.

      It can, however, be avoided - if necessary create a new google account just for use with this image & don't bother reading the emails ever. ;-)

      • Jorge Sierra
        November 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

        Wow, I couldn't have said it any better myself.

        @SL You have my assurance I am not sending login credentials or email addresses anywhere. However, if you still distrust the image, you may wish to take imma's suggestion and just set up a new Google account for testing it.

    • imma
      November 30, 2009 at 11:47 am

      ps: any particular reason it was Russion spam bots, or was that just an example?

  61. Imi
    November 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Hello Jorge,

    Thanks a ton. My dead netbook just came back to life :-)

    It works perfectly on Asus EEE PC.

    Do you intend to update the version, if yes, where can I check for the updates.

    Thanks Again!


    • Jorge Sierra
      November 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

      I'll probably post an update to my blog (GeekLad) in a few days. I'm working on a shell script to simplify compiling it on a Ubuntu system, which will make it a bit easier for others to compile it as well.

      • Imi
        December 4, 2009 at 7:02 am

        Thanks so much :-)

  62. Narendra
    November 30, 2009 at 2:57 am

    I have successfully compiled the ChromeOS and then converted the image to vdi and used it in my VirtualBox.
    So, it works like a live CD.
    And no installation is needed - It just comes up.
    And there is nothing other than the browser!
    So, I don't know why it should occupy so much space, just to bring up the browser.

    If ChromeOS is having nothing other than the browser, then we can have the same browser on any other OS.
    What is there other than browser in Chrome OS!?

    I don't see any development tools such as a terminal, compiler, etc.
    In that case, how to use this OS for development?


    • Jorge Sierra
      November 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

      You can open a terminal window with Ctrl+Alt+T. Much of the disk image is empty space if you check the file system from the terminal window. I don't think a compiler is included, so you really need to perform the development on the machine you use to compile it.

  63. Jared
    November 29, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I just tried it and was somewhat unimpressed. I don't see the utility of this project when there are plenty of full-blown Linux OS's that can run off of a flash drive, unless they are trying to compete with Splashtop-like features on laptops where you don't have to boot into the real os but still do basic web surfing. If you can only use it when you are connected to the internet, what's the point, if they cannot expand it beyond a simple cloud OS then I don't see this being a very successful venture. However, Google may give the open source community valuable publicity and help the average user see Linux in a more favorable light. What would be really cool is if they could make this distro bootable to small devices like phones and tablets (like the nokia n810) and provide a full featured web experience without high resource usage.

    • Jared
      November 29, 2009 at 6:39 pm

      I take it all back; I am using ChromiumOS on my wife's Asus eee 904hd and it is awesome, I can actually stand to use the thing; it does all you really need from a netbook.

      • Jorge Sierra
        November 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

        Now you know why Google has partnered with netbook manufacturers to preload them with Chrome OS.


        My mom has an Asus netbook with Windows XP and it runs atrociously slow and takes forever to boot. It really yearns for something as fast and simple as Chrome OS. I think Chrome OS is going to redefine the netbook as we know it.

  64. raidh
    November 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    it worked on my nokia 8gb card. But after i formatted,it shows only 980mb! Chrome OS eat my space..
    Any how to recover..?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm

      Use Windows Disk Management to delete all the partitions and create a new one that uses the entire drive. Just look it up on Google

  65. rgthane
    November 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Installed per directions worked fine on my new 1005ha but the wireless doesn't work, so there is basically nothing I can do with it. Installed onto an 8gb SDHC card.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance!

  66. Dan Z
    November 29, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Jorge, this works great off a thumb drive on my ASUS EeePC 900. I ran the chromeos-installer but it doesn't boot of the SSD once I'm done. Am I missing a step setting a partition active or something? Odd that it would work great off USB but not off SSD...

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

      I'm not that familiar with booting from SSD drives. Is it treated like a USB drive or more like a hard drive? If it is the latter, you could try running the Chrome OS hard drive installer. Just open a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:


      When prompted for the password, type password. However, do so at your own risk. This will wipe everything from the drive.

      I haven't run the installer, so I'm not sure what will happen if there are multiple disks on the machine. I don't know if it will prompt you where to install it, or if it will do it's own thing. If you do run it, please feel free to share your experience here.


      • Dan Z
        November 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm

        That's exactly what I did. I checked first to see what /dev/ my SSD was (acts like a hard drive). It was /dev/sdc so I issued /usr/sbin/chromeos-install /dev/sdc and it ran through the process and asked me to reboot. When I did, it wouldn't boot. Again, just odd that it would boot and run fine off the thumb drive but not boot off the SSD. I tried making different partitions active (ChromeOS built 4 partitions) but it didn't help. Oh well, I can settle for booting off the thumb drive for now. Thanks again for posting this!

      • Dan Z
        November 30, 2009 at 11:01 pm

        I ended up doing something like this:

        dd if=/dev/[usbdevicename] of=/dev/[ssddevicename] bs=4M

        to copy the USB to my netbook's SSD and now it boots up as if the SSD is the USB drive. Good enough for me. :)

        • Jorge Sierra
          December 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

          Thanks for sharing. Dur, I should have thought of just using dd. Easy enough to do.

  67. Cintra
    November 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the great support Jorge! It was interesting to get a preview of Chrome OS so soon :)

  68. Eugene
    November 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Wireless on Asus EEE PC 901 failed =(

  69. Benton Pena
    November 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I'll test it for my Netbook but also the Dell version.
    Click here

    and post back with the results.


  70. Noah
    November 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Yes so great but now my usb drive is useless. I can't formate the whole 8gbs only 900mbs.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      Look a bit further up in the comment thred for comments made by ManMadeHuman and Camron on how to fix this.

  71. ceilingFan Boy
    November 28, 2009 at 10:37 am
  72. mr. chopper
    November 28, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I think I broke it.

    Yesterday it worked fine (alebit slow and a bit clunky, due to it running off a stick), but today it refuses to work properly at all. First attempt would only load the calculator gadget in full screen and wouldn't allow me access to the browser - every other attempt and it can't seem to get my resolution right, like it's running in "Safe Mode" or with the wrong drivers.

    My major gripe with it is probably the panel system - I never much like the blocking of pop-ups in Chrome and this seems to be an extension of that. As a developer, the little screen space you get would be very restricting, however I can understand that this is supposed to be point. Similarly, are all smaller apps going to run in panels? Should they be kept open down the bottom all the time? Won't that get busy? Why aren't there shortcuts on the main screen? Are we going to get shortcut keys?

    Still, it's over a year away now. I'm sure they're come up with something.

  73. Santha
    November 28, 2009 at 4:58 am

    When I Click write after I choose the img and the usb drive letter I get the error 8 and doesn't proceed further. Please help!!

    • mr. chopper
      November 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

      You need to run the "clean" command from DISKPART - I had the same problem until I followed those steps. Unfortunately you can only do this in Vista and Se7en, as XP won't pick up removable drives in DISKPART.

      • VitAl2013
        December 1, 2009 at 11:15 am

        It's not help. Also I tried 0.1 Win32 Disk Image - it's not work too. I tried other programs that can write IMG to USB? but nothing, only Error 8. I try write to 8GB USB if it's does meter.

        • VitAl2013
          December 5, 2009 at 7:35 am

          I did it! When I copy it to just c:\[folder for win32di]\ it start work.

        • asd
          December 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm

          Thanks, it works!

  74. madhu
    November 27, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I used chrome os in the virtual box ..... The notepad,Contacts and To-do lists are working perfectly....any problem in compiled image?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 28, 2009 at 10:06 am

      It looks like they fixed the calculator. Contacts doesn't really work for me, and to-do list still brings up a login page.

  75. joaon
    November 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    My Targa 1016 netbook booted ok from a SanDisk Cruzer 4GB but somehow it doesn't seem to recognize the keyboard? I'm stuck on the login screen...
    Any clues on how to deal with this?
    Thanks for the great tutorial and image file.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 28, 2009 at 10:03 am

      I think you may be out of luck if the keyboard doesn't work. Perhaps you could try using it on a docking station or with an external keyboard.

  76. Chrome Tester
    November 27, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I've loaded Chrome onto an 8gb thumb drive, and it runs pretty well, but Chrome would have fit on a 4 gb drive and now my 8gb shows up as "needs to be formatted" in windows explorer. Is there any way to use one drive as bootable chrome and flash storage? Otherwise it's bye bye to Chrome for me.

    Chrome currently runs too quietly on my speakers(and the headphone jack just turns of the speakers but doesn't play anything in the headphones). Is there volume control in Chrome?

    It'd be nice to have a guide to all the neat "extra" things it can do, like the process and file browsers, and a guide to what it can't do (like apparently it can download files but not use/play/open them) would also be usefull. Do these exist anywhere?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 28, 2009 at 9:58 am

      Is there any way to use one drive as bootable chrome and flash storage?

      You should be able to create a new partition in Windows. Just run Disk Management (just search Google for disk management windows.

      Is there volume control in Chrome?

      Not that I'm aware of.

      It’d be nice to have a guide to all the neat “extra” things it can do, like the process and file browsers, and a guide to what it can’t do (like apparently it can download files but not use/play/open them) would also be usefull. Do these exist anywhere?

      The Chromium OS developer FAQ has a list of shortcut keys. You can also press F8, which provides a keyboard overlay with all the keyboard shortcuts. If you hold down Ctrl+Alt while viewing the overlay, you'll see all of the shortcut keys.

      As far as what it can't do... That would be a fairly long list, as there are many things it cannot do in its current state.


      • Chrome Tester
        November 29, 2009 at 3:16 am

        Perfect, thanks for the quick reply.

        • Chrome Tester
          November 29, 2009 at 3:30 am

          Oh, well, actually, the disk management suggestion didn't work. I can see the disk and the "unallocated space", but right clicking doesn't give me any options other than "properties", which still doesn't let me do anything. Any suggestions about what could be going wrong?

        • Jorge Sierra
          December 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm

          That's odd. It should allow you to create a new partition with the unallocated space. You could try using a more advanced partition editing program.

        • rendition
          December 3, 2009 at 3:31 am

          I have the same problem (unallocated space - with no options to it) using regular disk management. The tool you are suggesting (EASEUS) doesn't seem to 'see' my Verbatim thumb drive. Any help?

        • rendition
          December 3, 2009 at 3:46 am

          False alarm :] Just used the diskpart utility - and all is solved. cheers!

  77. mr. chopper
    November 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    "If you do not see this page and you get a browser page that says it could not find the page requested, then unfortunately luck is not on your side. It means that Chromium OS doesn’t like your network adapter."

    Not necessarily - it might just be missing your WEP/WPA passkey. I entered mine and it's been fine since - eee900.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm

      This is true, you will need to configure your wireless security settings if you are connecting via wireless adapter. Thanks for pointing this out. When I wrote the article I was connected via wired machine, but had no luck with my wireless laptop.

  78. soumyadeep
    November 27, 2009 at 12:34 am

    how to change the boot options? my screen gets garbled when booting, how can I change the vga modes?(something like vga=791)

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

      I don't know of any way to change the vga modes. It sounds as though Chrome does not like your video adapter.

      • soumyadeep
        November 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm

        well i have had vga problems with ubuntu too.. fixed it with the vga=791 option

  79. Matt Brodeur
    November 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks! Just what I was looking for. Wasn't sure if this would work well on the 701. This is just what I wanted to hear. Works like a charm!

  80. Wes
    November 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Ran it from an sd card on an eee pc t91mt; wifi worked (as well as, interestingly, the battery monitor), but the OS was very slow.

  81. Lauwie
    November 26, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I am running CHrome OS on my EEE901 now, but i can't get a wifi connection.
    Ethernet works fine, but anyone an idea to make the wifi works?


    • Jorge Sierra
      November 26, 2009 at 9:27 am

      You may want to try the Ubuntu forums for network drivers, as one other commenter was going to attempt.

    • D.C.
      November 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

      Lauwie: Wifi is working on my Eee 900A so it may be your wireless router that's incompatible. Try a different wireless network if possible.

      • Lauwie
        November 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm

        What do you mean?
        I just can't get my wifi on... I can't see any wireless network.. And my network is oke with ubuntu...
        I have the RT2860 or something like that...
        Anyone an idea?

        • D.C.
          November 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm

          Sorry, what I said earlier does not make sense. Chrome apparently supports the radio in the 900A but not 901. I thought they may be the same radio, and since it works with 900A, thought the problem might be with your router. At least you can give thanks that the ethernet works so you can take Chrome for a test drive.

  82. cheap computers
    November 26, 2009 at 5:02 am

    It is in the very early stages of development, so there is still a lot of stuff that doesn’t work. In fact, it may not work for you at all.

  83. Scott Volltrauer
    November 26, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I am fascinated, but I cannot help but fear that Google/Chrome is the next big bully. Dos --> Windows --> Google


  84. soumyadeep
    November 26, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Does majority of linux commands works with this OS?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 26, 2009 at 9:23 am

      It does have many typical Linux tools built into it (although the man pages are not installed). You can open a terminal window with Ctrl+Alt+T to get a shell prompt.

  85. Madd Maxx
    November 25, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I got my Compaq F700 to work. WiFi seems to work fine. I needed to enter my network pass key and then I had internet. Running off a SanDisk Cruzer 4GB which is a little slow, but visiting all my web sites was easy and works fine. I was surprised to find when rebooting to Chrome all my passwords were saved and my history was retained. I'm sure this wouldn't happen with a CD/DVD version.
    Thanks guys

  86. konteudos
    November 25, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I have a 2G pen drive and the program says is has no space ?
    it is formated .

    what could it be ?



    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      2GB won't be big enough. A 3GB drive might just be big enough, as the file is just under 3 billion bytes. However, I don't have a 3GB pen drive to confirm this. 4GB is big enough for sure, because that's how big the drive was that I used to test it out.

  87. Scottep
    November 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I am using an 8GB flash drive (empty/Formated) and when I try to write to Flash Drive, it tells me that there is not enough room on Drive. Using Vista 32-bit system. Should I try on my XP?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm

      That's odd, it shouldn't say there's not enough room. Perhaps the drive has a partition smaller than 3GB that it's trying to write to? You may want to see what partitions are set up on it via Disk Management (just search Google for vista disk management).

  88. ceilingFan Boy
    November 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    How are OS updates going to be released? Is there a URL to check?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 4:03 pm

      You would have to manually write a new USB image. As of now, there is no automatic update mechanism. I'm sure that the production release of Chrome OS will include an autoupdate mechanism.

  89. ceilingFan Boy
    November 25, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I tried a the USB boot on my HP Mini 311 and it would not work, I saw it access the boot drive but no go. I installed VirtualBox and downloaded the Vbox image (below) and it came right up with no issues. Thanks Jorge!

  90. MistaFlava
    November 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for the great write-up and tutorial. Downloading the USB image now. Can anyone confirm if the ChromeOS "likes" the Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN wireless network adaptor? Thanks in advance.

    • sq4ind
      November 27, 2009 at 8:25 am

      No ChromeOS (ChromiumOS) doesn't like this wifi card - i am working to enable this.

      • kr1m50n k1ng
        January 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm

        thank you. anything i can do to help?

  91. David
    November 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I download the file, wrote it to the USB drive as a bootable device, but now when I try to boot, I get a "no operating system found" error. I checked and rewrote the img file to the USB using the instructions from above. what am I missing...other than maybe the ability to cognitively think this through.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

      It should at least attempt to boot up if you're selecting the right device from your boot menu. It may be your computer's BIOS doesn't like the way the USB drive has been formatted.

      • David
        November 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

        I am selecting boot from USB and it starts to read from the USB. the error it gives me is:

        PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
        PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
        Missing operating system.
        No Operating System found.

        Any thoughts? Would love to get this thing working. I am installing Chrome OS on an older (5yrs) Gateway MX7515. I am doing this just to test Chrome OS.

        • David
          November 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm

          After some research, I decided, against my better judgment, to beat the tar out of the bottom of the laptop. All is working now. Weird. Who'd a thunk it?

          Once inside, I learned that my wifi connection is not least not yet.

  92. Steven
    November 25, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Any fix for the "network adapter not recognized" issues?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      There's no easy way to do it, but you may be able to find some Linux drivers for your network adapter or compile a kernel module.

      • Steven
        November 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm

        I connected my (wireless) router to my MSI Wind 123 with a cable and was able to log on to Chromium with my normal G-mail password. Everything worked great and was significantly faster than the VirtualBox version (which also kept crashing). The wireless works fine with Ubuntu, so I guess I'll ask in the Ubuntu forums for the location of a possible driver. Thanks!

        • Lauwie
          November 26, 2009 at 10:12 am

          Did you found a driver for the wireless and how did you install it?

        • Steven
          November 27, 2009 at 1:41 am

          I tried to model instructions used in Ubuntu for recoognizing the network and described here: Some of the terminal commands were not recognized by Chrome OS so I reached a dead end when I tried to import them.

  93. joseph
    November 25, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Trying it out on my Asus EEE 901 and I find it actually makes browsing a better experience for me when compared to firefox under eeeXubuntu. Everything just loads quicker even though far from perfect.

    Two questions: 1. Will this work if I put it on an SD card an 2. will this work on a intel based mac?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 3:09 pm

      1) Yep, as long as your machine has an SD slot or you have some kind of USB adapter for an SD card it should work fine.

      2) It should work pretty much the same as it would any other Intel machine. As far as whether or not it will work w/ the Mac network adapter and video, I don't know. Only one way to find out. :-D Actually, that's not entirely true. You may be able to find some posts in some forums somewhere of folks that have tried it on Mac hardware. So I suppose there are two ways to find out.

    • Andrew Swift
      December 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

      Joseph, were you able to get WiFi working on your 901? It seems as though the wifi card may not be supported.

  94. z3romaster
    November 25, 2009 at 7:37 am

    heya guys,
    i just wondering, since Chrome OS is basically a web browser based OS.

    How secure and safe would it be? Since, we boot Chrome OS direct from a USB drive WITHOUT our Antivirus, Firewall and other protection softwares we usually install in our PC/Laptop running.


    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 8:53 am

      With Chrome OS, so you don't need Antivirus as you do with Windows much the same as you don't need Antivirus on Macs. It's quite safe as far as viruses are concerned.

      I'm not sure if it includes a firewall or not, I haven't really looked under the covers in great detail. Besides, I run all of my machines behind a router/firewall anyway. I wouldn't recommend running it on a direct Internet, since the shared password is simply set to password.

  95. 100 Domains Club
    November 25, 2009 at 4:45 am


    have you tested the Chrome OS USB on many computers???

    are you SURE that it don't create problems to the PC's file system and data?


    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 8:48 am

      It shouldn't write anything to the existing filesystem, unless you instruct it to do so. There is a command to install it to a hard drive, but it will wipe the entire hard drive.

      • Chris
        November 25, 2009 at 2:08 pm

        What is the command to install to the hard drive? I'm running an eeepc701 and it seems to be working fine from the USB.

        • Jorge Sierra
          December 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

          Just open a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:


          Once again, please be aware that this will wipe out all the contents of your hard drive

        • Greg
          January 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

          When I run the command to install it on the hard drive it tells me
          Using source USB device with label: C-ROOT
          Error: Attempt to install to a removable device: /dev/sda

          Any ideas?

        • Brent
          February 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm

          I get the same thing here. Anyone else able to get past this?

  96. AlexIP
    November 25, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Thank you for the guide, I used it to try Chrome OS (or is it Chromium OS?) on a Dell Mini 10 (1011). You can read the issues I had with it here.

    Quick breakdown of the facts: no luck with wireless either (Dell 1397 adapter, so it would have been futile to try it on my D630 since it has the same one), "jumpy" usage, a couple of bugs and the CPU meter reports bollocks. And it's REALLY up in the cloud. No connection = you're totally .

    I don't see it as the future of OS. As a OS-on-a-stick, yes, but as the primary OS, without internet access, your machine is just a nice furniture piece or decorative item, depending if you have a desktop or a laptop.

  97. Jeremy Graham
    November 25, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Luck was not on my side. I definitely look forward to a build that will run on my Samsung N120, but for now, that is one Netbook for which this does not work. Bummer... Was so excited when the login screen popped up...

    • Jeremy Graham
      November 25, 2009 at 1:04 am

      (apologies for being a moron... didn't know where to find network settings, but found them and am now surfing using Chromium and elated about it... elated, I say)

  98. Darryl Booth
    November 25, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Worked flawlessly on my Acer Aspire 100 using an Ativa 4GB USB drive... wireless worked too using WEP. Too cool!

  99. James
    November 24, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Great post! I've recommended it to my friends as well...

    I'm wondering though, do you know how I should go by keeping this OS up to date with future builds? Or is the automatic update already implemented?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 8:45 am

      There aren't any automatic updates at this time, but I'm certain that at some point they will be implemented.

  100. manuel
    November 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm


    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 8:45 am

      Look a bit further up in the comment thred for comments made by ManMadeHuman and Camron.

  101. Josh
    November 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Ok,I figured it out.

  102. Josh
    November 24, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    What do i do with the .ovf file?

  103. Josh
    November 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Ok,Im trying the tutorial again.

  104. Josh
    November 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Followed all the steps but wont work, is there any way to do this to a Hard Drive?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm

      No, you need to boot from USB first, although it is possible to install to the hard drive once you've booted it from a USB drive. If you couldn't get it to work, I recommend trying my VirtualBox tutorial:

      • Josh
        November 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm

        Ok,I've have had it installed in virtual box for a while now. Does virtual box update chrome os?

        • Jorge Sierra
          November 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm

          No, you run Chrome OS on VirtualBox. You can install the OVF file in this torrent to do it:

  105. Paul Roberts
    November 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    On my MSI Wind there was no working trackpad or wifi. where am i supposed to put my music and pictures etc.

  106. kibastos
    November 24, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Yes, I run ChromeOS on my PC ASUS M4N78 Pro from boot USB drive.

  107. hileon
    November 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

    tested, didn't work with my thinkpad x200 and x61 wireless network

  108. Cintra
    November 24, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I get as far as selecting to boot from the USB flash drive on my Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz Dual-Core CPU, with NVIDIA® ION 330, but it doesn't boot. The flash drive blinks a bit on a regular basis, but that's all. Should it work on the above machine?

    • Cintra
      November 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      Tried it on ASUS 1008HA and it came straight up :) Only snag is I ordered a Norwegian version and the keyboard is chaotic with Chrome OS.

      Pity the ION 330 system doesn't work. Might be something to do with the ASRock's special boot system..

  109. Gerard Netro
    November 24, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Can anybody know how to use this on Bootcamp? is it possible?

  110. Victor
    November 24, 2009 at 6:35 am

    I have just been lazy to get the Google Chrome OS and run it on a Virtual Machine, besides I wanted to really test if outside the Virtual Environment. Great post.

  111. nicola
    November 24, 2009 at 5:42 am

    it does recognizes my wireless adapter and connects to my network, but it doesn't browse the web.
    no problem with ethernet.
    Btw it's pretty slow, I tried it with an eeepc 704 and verbatim 4gb thumbdrive

  112. nicola
    November 24, 2009 at 5:22 am

    no wireless adapter, right ?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm

      There may be some wireless adapters out there that it will work with, but I had no luck on my Dell D600.

      • Mark Kuehl
        November 25, 2009 at 7:37 am

        Running on my HP Mini2140...didn't recognize my wireless adapter, but I tether my Blackjack smartphone to the laptop under windows.

        I plugged the phone in under Chrome OS and hit internet sharing...I was connected...worked great.

  113. Yatti420
    November 24, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Im assuming this is the USB image used.. Can you still login using google account \ pass?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

      Yeah, but you'll have to log in as a local user first (username chronos and password for the password).

  114. nicola
    November 24, 2009 at 4:53 am

    "If you want to do the same on Ubuntu, use a client like BitTornado, Transmission or kTorrent to download the files, then use the following terminal command to mount it:
    sudo dd f=’/directory/where/you/put/chrome_os.img’ of=/dev/sdb
    Assuming your USB drive is mounted as /dev/sdb
    (check System -> Administration -> Drive Utility)"

    • Dicky Mathews
      November 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm

      I get the error "unrecognized operand


      when typing in that command.

      • Jorge Sierra
        November 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm


        sudo dd if="/home/xxx/Downloads/chrome_os.img" of="/dev/sdb"

  115. srini
    November 24, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Tried it, it's cool and easy.
    But is there option to shutdown?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 24, 2009 at 5:52 pm

      To shut down you can just press the power button on your computer and it will shut down gracefully. I didn't see anything in the interface to shutdown or reboot. If you want to reboot gracefully you can open a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T), type su reboot and enter password for the password.

  116. James
    November 24, 2009 at 4:06 am

    does anyone know if this same process would work with a cd rom? i.e. would installing chrome and everything work because I assume you could choose the optical drive as easily as the thumb drive in the boot menu

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      It won't work with a CD-ROM.

  117. Dicky Mathews
    November 24, 2009 at 1:54 am

    How would I burn this image to a USB using Ubuntu?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

      dd if=/path/to/chrome_os.img of=/dev/sdb bs=4M

      (assuming your USB drive mounts from /dev/sdb)

  118. Camron
    November 24, 2009 at 1:28 am

    o I did this with a 4GB flash drive, decided I wanted it off of my flash drive and formatted it. When the format was complete, I was left with a 949MB flash drive. WTF?! Does anyone know how to fix this?

    • ManMadeHuman
      November 24, 2009 at 1:38 am

      you may need to delete all the partitions on the drive and recreate the primary partition.

      Go do disk management in windows.. Should be in 'right click' on my computer and select manage.. it is one of the options there.

      • Camron
        November 24, 2009 at 1:46 am

        Thanks for your help, but I already fixed it using this tool:
        I figured it was a partition issue but I couldn't fix the problem in Disk Management.

  119. PhoR
    November 23, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I understand the market for this OS, and also understand that this is an early build that contains quite of extraneous code that will not be in the final build.

    But there is something I just can't wrap my head around.
    With as simplistic as this OS is, how can the image possibly be ~3GB?

    I mean you can get an XP install down under 1GB quite easily. Comparing the feature sets between XP and ChromeOS is nothing short of a comedic exercise. On top of that, a large part of ChromeOS is supposed to be stored in the cloud right? So why is it so large?
    Can we really expect ChromeOS to shrink by well over 300% by release?

    • ManMadeHuman
      November 24, 2009 at 1:36 am

      The one I'm downloading is around 300MB, what are you downloading?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm

      Much of the ~3GB is free disk space. If you open a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run df -m you'll see that not all of the 3GB is in use.

  120. Christopher
    November 23, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Alternately I found using the VMware image last week that just logging in to Chromium OS with my Google name and password automatically logged me into Gmail and iGoogle.

  121. AC
    November 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Does Chrome OS include a POP3/Imap email client, and can you save downloaded files to a USB memory stick?

    • Christopher
      November 23, 2009 at 11:58 pm

      No, it's all Gmail or webmail, no apps other than web apps.

  122. chris
    November 23, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    How fast is it? I tried the virtual Chrome OS and it was very slow.

    Can it be viewed in full screen? I have a resolution of 1440 x 900. Would it configure accordingly?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm

      It ran full-screen in a pretty decent resolution on the two machines I ran it on. Both computers had GeForce video cards. Your mileage may vary, depending on what sort of hardware you have. It did run a bit slow and jumpy for me as well.

    • Tim Davis
      December 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      Press CTRL+ALT+T to bring up the terminal then run xrandr -s widthxheight to change resolution, for you it would be:
      xrandr -s 1440x900

  123. Dan
    November 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Would love to try there, does anyone else have anything other than torrent though? It doesn't seem to be working for me.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 23, 2009 at 9:24 pm

      Did you try right-click, save as? You may need to first save the torrent file, then load it in your BitTorrent client.

      • Manish K Gupta
        February 20, 2010 at 3:38 am

        Check this link... Supposed to contain 2 Rapidshare files for usb install

        Might be helpfil

  124. Eric Martindale
    November 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Great post, Jorge!

    Would you be so kind as to post the steps you performed to generate your Chrome OS image? It'd be helpful to build our own.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Eric! If you download the torrent on my blog for running it on a VirtualBox virtual machine (different torrent than the one we posted here), I included a text file with the steps I used to compile it. Here's the link to the tutorial on my blog:

      I essentially took notes and put them into a bash script, but I haven't confirmed that the script will run and build it without issue from start to finish. Regardless, I think it's pretty close and should be a good start to help you build it yourself, particularly if you're on Ubuntu. I used a Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit machine to build it.

      • Eric Martindale
        November 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm

        Perfect, thanks a ton! I'm replacing my LUKS-encrypted Ubuntu install on my USB key with Chrome OS, but I've got three partitions so I'll probably have to do a bit of magic with partitioning to make sure my FAT32 partition can still be mounted in Windows.

        I'll probably write it all up in a blog post when I'm done. Thanks again!

  125. Michael
    November 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Great tutorial, tried it on my desktop. No problems. I haven't tried it on my laptop, which is a little older.

  126. Jeoh
    November 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    If you want to do the same on Ubuntu, use a client like BitTornado, Transmission or kTorrent to download the files, then use the following terminal command to mount it:

    sudo dd f='/directory/where/you/put/chrome_os.img' of=/dev/sdb

    Assuming your USB drive is mounted as /dev/sdb (check System -> Administration -> Drive Utility)

    • Sam
      December 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

      Can I shove it on a partition of my external drive using that? (just, of course, replacing the code as needed and then making the partition bootable).. Oh and should it not need to go root directory as opposed to within a directory (eg: /media/drive/folder1/folder2/chromeos

      • Jorge Sierra
        December 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

        Putting the disk image on a partition won't work, because it is an entire disk image (boot loader, multiple partitions, and all). You could copy the partitions within the disk image onto partitions on your drive. However, you would also need to set up the boot loader to use your "custom partitions." Not an easy task.

        • Sam
          December 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm

          So I can't put it on a partition of my 500GB HDD?

        • Jorge Sierra
          December 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

          Not easily, no. It would take a good bit of work to set up the boot loader properly.

  127. Chris0089
    November 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    How can I get this to run on VirtualBox?

  128. Mark
    November 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Hmm - how long should it take to write to the USB drive? The progress bar isn't going anywhere, and the drive keeps blinking - about 10 minutes by now.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 23, 2009 at 9:15 pm

      Yeah, it shouldn't take that long. If it takes that long, it probably isn't going to work.

  129. JK III
    November 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    So how is it any different from a web browser ?

    • Alex
      November 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

      It's not a browser for start. It's an OS that runs through the Cloud. Online storage.

      @OP, can this be put in a cd/dvd for bootable as well?

      • derekerdmann
        November 23, 2009 at 7:30 pm

        It absolutely is a browser. It is an OS that runs through the cloud, but that's because everything in the OS is a simple web app. The whole thing is the Chrome browser, running on top of a customized Linux build, where everything else is locked down so that all you can use is the browser.

      • Jorge Sierra
        November 23, 2009 at 9:13 pm

        Alex, the image will only boot from a USB drive as far as I know. Google may eventually provide some tools for building a boot DVD for it.

    • imma
      November 24, 2009 at 4:46 am

      re: JK III
      > So how is it any different from a web browser ?

      This can boot up your computer ;-)

      Or in simpler terms - This doesn't need you to have Windows*
      (*or Linux or MacOS or Dos or ...)

  130. Rfish
    November 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I corrupted my flash drive. oops.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm

      D'oh! You may want to try the HP USB Format tool to fix it up and reformat it. Although it's an HP tool, it works on most USB thumb drives without a problem.

      • azurumaz
        December 24, 2009 at 3:43 pm

        dude your amazing you saved my card :D:D you rock man thx for posting that link!

      • wiggle
        January 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm

        Tried both the HP link, which says I need administrative permission to use, and the other command prompt, which worked, but now will not format the usb drive.


        • wiggle
          January 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm

          Yay! I fixed it through the command prompt diskpart.
          Here's what to do if both of the previously mentioned items don't fix your usb data drive: (with the usb plugged into the computer)

          DISKPART (opens a new command prompt window, type the rest of the commands in that window)

          SELECT DISK 1


          After doing that, I was able to format the usb drive using the right-click -> format, and it was formatted to 7.50 GB.


    • ceilingFan Boy
      November 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

      You didn't corrupt it, diskimager changed the format and added a partition. Go to command prompt and type:
      CLEAN (just to be sure)

      It is now ready to reformat.

      • arjun
        December 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

        i corrupted my disk then i followed procedure of diskpart and cleaning it but after when i tried to format it, error comes "windows was unable to reformat it"

        • Jorge Sierra
          December 10, 2009 at 6:32 am

          Try using the HP format to I linked to above.

        • Reece
          February 1, 2010 at 1:19 am

          THANKYOU SOOOOO MUCH, i thought my 4 gig usb was gone, and it was my favourite one as well

  131. Christine
    November 23, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Very helpful, I had followed another guide and managed to get it all running, but they didn't mention the username and password! Pretty essential stuff. Got it working, but it is jumpy as you mentioned. Fun to try is all.

    • lol
      November 26, 2009 at 8:55 pm

      sign in with your google account

  132. Paul Sanduleac
    November 23, 2009 at 7:09 am

    WOW. Thanks guys. Excellent article just as always. I'll certainly try it!

    • Jackson
      November 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm

      You need to right-click and save as

      • richie
        November 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

        Cheers! Easy when you know how

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