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You can now try Chrome OS Flex on your PC or Mac
Recently, Google announced that it was available to anyone who wanted to try out its new Chrome OS Flex operating system. Let's remember that this is an operating system that Google has been developing for a few years and that it is installed by default on Chromebooks.
Today we are going to tell you everything we know about this operating system, minimum requirements, and we will tell you how you can try this operating system on your computer.
What is Chrome OS Flex?
Chrome OS Flex is a variant of the Chrome OS operating system (the same as Chromebooks) but it can be installed natively on PCs and Macs. This is ideal for those people who want to try this operating system without the need to buy a Chromebook.
This operating system is a new option that is ideal for those people who have old computers. And it is that the operating system is quite light and most services are in the cloud, so you do not need to download programs.
This operating system is completely free and you can install it on any computer that meets the minimum requirements. It is downloaded via a Chrome extension and installed on a bootable removable drive.
What are the minimum requirements to install Chrome OS Flex?
This operating system has fairly low minimum requirements, so it can give a new life to those PCs or Macs from a few years ago. According to Google, the minimum requirements to install this operating system are the following:
Processor: Intel or AMD x86 64-bit.
RAM memory: 4GB.
BIOS: full administrator access.
These low requirements are due to the fact that most of the functions are executed in the cloud, this means that a large amount of system resources are not needed to run the system applications. So you should not worry if you go with the right requirements to run the operating system.
Since most services are done online, it is important to keep in mind that you will need an internet connection. If you don't have this, this operating system will be of little use to you.
What are the steps to install it?
The Chrome OS Flex installation process is extremely simple. To do so, the first thing you should keep in mind is that you're going to need a USB device with at least 8 GB of storage.
Next, we will tell you what the main steps are to install this operating system.
1. Go to the Chrome OS Flex website
Go to: https://chromeenterprise.google/os/chromeosflex/ and press the “Try Chrome OS Flex” button to start the process.
2. Fill in the requested data
Once the button is pressed, it will take you to a simple form which you must fill in to continue with the download. The operating system is free, but Google requires your contact information for registration.
3. Install “Chromebook Recovery Tool”
Once you've filled out the form, you'll need to download the Chromebook Recovery Tool from the Chrome Web Store. You are going to need a Chromium-based browser like Chrome, Edge, Opera, etc.
If your browser is Firefox or Safari you will not be able to install the application, since it is not compatible with them. In You can download the extension from this link.
4. Create the bootable USB
Once the extension is installed, you must open it and insert the USB with at least 8 GB of storage. You must follow the entire process to install the system correctly.
When the installer asks you to identify your Chromebook, you'll need to select Chrome OS Flex. This is important, since if you choose another option you will not be able to install on your computer.
The only version that is available is the developer version, so it indicates that it is in testing and may have errors.
5. Install it on your computer or try it out
Once the USB is finished, you must restart your computer and boot from the flash memory. The installation process is quite simple and intuitive, so it shouldn't be a problem.
Before installing, the installer will give you two options, the first is to test the system and the second is to install it. It is highly recommended that you try Chrome OS Flex first before installing it on your computer. Check the errors that it may have and determine if it is an operating system that meets your needs.
Is this operating system worth it?
You are probably wondering if this operating system is really worth trying, after all, it is much more limited compared to its competitors such as Windows, Mac or Linux.
The reality is that there are two reasons why giving Chrome OS Flex a try might be a good option. The first is to try this operating system, since the truth is that it is really interesting and worth considering.
The second is that you want to revive an old computer on which the current operating systems do not work correctly. If this is your case, this may be a good reason to install this operating system on that computer.
It is important to note that this system is still in a test version, so it may have bugs. In any case, it is always recommended to run the "live" version before installing it on your computer.