How can I Uninstall a Standalone CloudReady Operating System?

Overview:

You're looking to uninstall CloudReady-- it either wasn't for you or your device/model didn't work! This guide will tell you how to wipe CloudReady from your drive: but crucially, this will not restore your prior operating system.  In order to reinstall your old operating system, you must use the recovery (or installation) media like you would on a blank computer after following these instructions. 

 

Affected Versions:

All versions

 

Affected Editions:

-Free

-If you are a paid user (Enterprise or Education) looking to uninstall, please contact support

 

Description:

  1. Hold crtl+alt+f2 to access the command line.
  2. Log in with the username "Chronos" and password "chrome" (unless you have manually changed the login information).
  3. Enter the command "sudo fdisk -l" (if asked for the password, it will be same as step 2)
  4. Take note of the device listings. There should be a number of partitions, in the format sd[X][#].  The X will be a specific letter (usually "a" or "b"). 
  5. Enter the command "dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sd[X]" [X] will be replaced in the command example with the letter discovered in step 4. (usually "a" or "b").  
    Pro Tip: This is a randomized overwrite that will make recovery more difficult than overwriting with plain zeros.
  6. If it's working, the command line will move to a empty row: this step will take quite some time, depending on the size of hard drive to be randomized/wiped. 
  7. Once finished, the machine will restart and you will have a device with a blank HDD, ready for you to install or recover your operating system. 
 
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16 Comments

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    Joyce Turner

    Would not let me enter the password after entering username "Chronos".

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    Jose Rodel P. Alfar

    Need permission on step 5.

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    Jose Rodel P. Alfar

    How to get permission for step 5?

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    Abram Morgan

    Hey Jose-if you're prompted, the password for step 5 should be the same as the password for login in step two "chrome."

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    Jose Rodel P. Alfar

    After logging in, entered command “sudo fdisk –l”, prompted for password. Entered password “chrome”, device listings appeared. Entered command “dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda” – replaced “x” with “a” as per device listings. Appeared: “dd: failed to open ‘/dev/sda’: Permission denied”. What’s the next step? How can I get permission?

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    Abram Morgan

    Okay, got it! You'll need to use "sudo" in front of the command in order for it to prompt for access permission.

    the new command would read:
    "sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sd[X]"

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    Jose Rodel P. Alfar

    It worked. Thanks for the assistance. Sorry, but have to leave CloudReady, The features/ apps that I need are not available. Great for web surfing and other online works, though.

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    Adnan Irfan

    User name : chronos
    Password : chrome
    Login incorrect
    What should I di

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    Adnan Irfan

    User name : chronos
    Password : chrome
    It says 'Login incorrect'
    What should I do

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    Adnan Irfan

    User name : chronos
    Password : chrome
    It says 'Login incorrect'
    What should I do

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    vu phan

    Hi, I use hp stream 13, and I want to uninstall the OS because I can only find and use the very first Wifi connects to when I install the OS. It can not find any other WIF.
    My problem with the uninstall is: my device listing is not in the form of sd[X], but it's in mmcblk0p1, mmblk0p2, .......
    Even after I input the code:
    sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/mmcblk0p
    the computer does not reset after it done, but instead show a list like this:
    /dev/mmcblk0p1 7 7 1 512B ChromeOS reserved
    /dev/mmcblk0p1 2 d
    /dev/mmcblk0p1
    /dev/mmcblk0p1
    /dev/mmcblk0p
    /dev/mmcblk0p
    /dev/mmcblk0p ChromeOS
    /dev/mmcblk0p
    /dev/mmcblk0p
    /dev/mmcblk0p2
    /dev/mmcblk0p2
    /dev/mmcblk0p2

    PLEASE HELP! THANK YOU!

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    Ruchir Tondon

    Its showing 4.1 GB copied at 10mbps no more space left on the device

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    Ruchir Tondon

    There's no need of following all those steps mentioned above. If you just wanna go back to Windows, all you need to do is have you windows iso on a thumb drive or a DVD.
    . Go to the boot menu
    . Select boot drive USB/CD ROM
    . Begin windows installation
    . Select custom install
    . When you'd want to select a partition, what you'd see is your HDD or SSD divided into 27 partitions.
    . Delete all the partitions until you just have 1 partition left that says "unallocated" Disk 0
    . Divide your Disk 0 into the number of partitions you want
    . Windows would create it's own recovery partitions
    . Select the disk that says "primary"
    . Click Next to continue with the installation

    If the procedure mentioned above does not work on your PC, try this.

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    Jose Armijo

    Can someone help me uninstall the standalone version of CloudReady? I've read all the steps above, but I can't access the mentioned command line by holding Ctrl+Alt+F2. Am I missing something? Do I do this while logged in or from the boot screen? Nothing I try works.

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    Ruchir Tondon

    If you intend on installing windows just insert the disk or a USB drive. Go to the boot menu and select usb/cd-dvd. Follow the steps and then in the drive selection menu you'd find around 25-27 partitions of your HDD. Delete them all and then you're good to go.

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    Ruchir Tondon

    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=kQazQ5bEIZo
    Check this out if you need info about how to install windows

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