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Chrome OS Flex installation guide

Prepare for installation

As an admin, you can install Chrome OS Flex on Windows, Mac, or Linux devices so your users can get many of the features that are available on Chrome OS devices. 

This Installation Guide will include:

  • The steps needed to create your USB installer, which also includes how to obtain the Chrome OS Flex image.
  • How to boot your device using the USB installer you have created via your chosen devices BIOS/ Boot menu.
  • Steps to install Chrome OS Flex permanently on your device or run temporarily using the USB installer. 
  • Information on how to set up and enroll your Chrome OS Flex devices.

Before you begin

What you need

  • Device to create the USB installer
    • Chrome OS, Windows, or Mac device with the current version of Chrome browser.
    • The device that you use to create your USB installer can be different to the device you plan to install Chrome OS Flex on.
  • USB drive
    • 8 GB or more.
    • From time to time, Sandisk or other USB drives might not work as installers. Find out more in Known issues.

      All contents on the USB drive will be erased.

  • Windows, Mac, or Linux device to install Chrome OS Flex on—your target device
    • Google only guarantees Chrome OS Flex functionality on certified models.
    • Variants of certified models might have unexpected issues.
    • Chrome OS Flex might work on non-certified devices but performance, functionality, and stability are not guaranteed.
    • Minimum device requirements:
      • Architecture: Intel or AMD x86-64-bit compatible device
      • RAM: 4 GB
      • Internal storage: 16 GB
      • Bootable from USB drive
      • BIOS: Full administrator access. You’ll need to boot from the Chrome OS Flex USB installer and make some adjustments in the BIOS if you run into issues.
      • Processor and graphics: Components made before 2010 might result in a poor experience.
        Note: Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, and 3650 graphics hardware do not meet Chrome OS Flex performance standards.

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