Can chrome os be installed on pc without an installed os

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  • Tony Baloney

    Yes...need more info about the hardware to help you though...

  • Joe

    More specifically the Model /year. Though more importantly we just need if the BIOS is UEFI or just the old Legacy type. For the desktop side all you need to disable is fast-boot and CSM (if there) and be sure USB is first to boot 

  • Ed Tootill

    It is a Dell XPS 420 from about 2009.  The system has no OS installed right now.  All I could find was:

    BIOS - A07 (02/25/09).

    Core 2 Quad CPU, Q6600 2.4ghz, 64bit (Intel EM64T).

  • Joe

    Be sure Secure Boot is Disabled and CSM (if there is Disabled) as well and see if CR boots

  • Forrest Smith

    If you can point to a specific step in our guide where you first run into a problem or see something unexpected, that would probably help us point you in the right direction.

  • Ed Tootill

    The screen prompts keep circling back to create a usb image.  There just is no way to start an installation.  No matter which Install button I click on, I’m brought back to initial page.   One other problem is the request dialog box will not accept email addresses with yahoo.com or gmail.com.

    I’m going to give up on this and buy a Chromebook.

    Thank you for helping me with this issue.

    Ed T.

  • Forrest Smith

    Buying a Chromebook is a great option if you can afford it - I hope you enjoy!

     

    In case you want to follow through - it sounds like you're stuck at the end of using the USB creation utility and now you need to move forward to this step:

    https://guide.neverware.com/install-cloudready/#plug-the-cloudready-usb-installer-into-a-computer-of-your-choice

    That involves remove the USB and powering off the computer so you can install to it.

  • Ed Tootill

    This morning I toggled the boot sequence but put it all back to how it was, booted from the USB and I now have Chrome OS running from the USB drive. That is new. I had to leave it there. When I get home I'll download the user manual and get familiar with the OS.

  • Ed Tootill

    I was successful with the installation of CloudReady Chrome OS.  I think this is exactly what I’m looking for. Now I need to get some documentation to learn the os.  

    Thank you to all for working with on this problem

    Ed T.

  • Forrest Smith

    enjoy!

  • Ed Tootill

    One last question on this thread.  Can I use any Chromebook user guide/manual?

  • Forrest Smith

    Sure !

    A couple options exist.
    For basic usability, you can use the built in "Discover" application on your machine. Just open the app tray by clicking the circle icon on the shelf, and find the blue app icon with a rocket ship on it. That all.shouls give you a basic primer of the desktop environment.

    If you want to read more detailed articles or ask specific question, you can (again starting from inside the OS ) go to Settings , open the left-side menu bar, click "About CloudReady" and then "Get help with CloudReady". That should open the Chrome OS support pages which you can read through at your own pace, or search whatever you need.

    Aside from that's stuff there's no user manual - the OS is designed to be self-explanatory to anyone who already used a Chrome browser on another OS. It's pretty tough to break or mess up as long as you don't color too far outside the lines by changing developer-ey stuff via the cmd line. Even better, if something goes wrong you can reinstall in only 20 minutes or so and tour profile will sync back down just the way it was.

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