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Google Chrome OS on a USB flash drive

chrome_os on USB stick
The Google Chrome OS is a web-centric operating system, which every application will be web-based and launch in a browser. And the OS itself is just a launchpad of the browser. If you wanna try out the Chrome OS on your netbook, now you can get the Chrome OS on a USB stick, allows you to boot it and run on your netbook.

The USB version of the Chrome OS was built by Hexxeh, and he’s setup a website that includes Windows, Linux and Mac instructions on how to get the Chromium OS image onto a USB stick. The Chrome OS image can be downloaded as a torrent from here or the mirror link by Engadget. And of course, you’ll then need to use a torrent client like uTorrent to download the .tar.gz version of the Chrome OS image, which is about 300+MB.

If you’re doing it on Windows, it’s kinda easy, extract the Chrome OS image from the downloaded chromiumos.tar.gz. Download the Windows version of Image writer and launch it, then select where the Chrome OS image and the USB drive letter for writing the image to.

Once you’ve done this, then you’ll have then got an USB-bootable Chrome OS which you can try on your netbook. If you’ve got some problems on booting it up, then you’ll have to find out more how to get a USB OS to boot on a netbook. The instruction on getting Windows 7 to boot from a USB drive here may help.

Please take note: the current version of Chrome OS lack of lots of drivers, which means some parts of your computer may not work when using Chrome OS. For example WiFi, WiFi will fail as no driver yet. Also note Google is targeting to release a device with native Chrome OS support in end of 2010.

via everythingusb

5 Responses to “Google Chrome OS on a USB flash drive”

  1. 1
    Weekly Roundup 28th Nov 2009 | GadgetLite - Latest gadgets and technology news Says:

    [...] Google Chrome OS on a USB flash drive [...]

  2. 2 Says:

    I built a 0-day version of Chrome OS for USB drives today. It seems to support a wider range of wireless network controllers. Download it here:

  3. 3
    Tek Says:

    Regarding WiFi, Hexxeh’s build of ChromeOS actually does support quite a few WiFi drivers.

    So rather than it ‘not working’, it tends to be a bit hit-and-miss whether it works or not. For example it works just fine on my Acer…


  4. 4
    Google-branded Netbook Says:

    [...] Google has got their own branded phone, the Nexus One and now they’re working on a Google-branded netbook, and of course it’s going to run the Google Chrome OS. [...]

  5. 5
    bolaji adebola Says:

    i will like to purchase
    flash drive USb 300 pieces of Google Chrome OS on a USB flash drive
    Due get to me with the total cost and the shipping cost by either UPS or FedEx to london.payment will be made through my credit card.
    Expecting your response

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