Windows on Chromebook installation does take some work. More work than you probably think. That is why it is useful to have a manual at hand, so that you can fall back on something if you do not know what to do. This is the guide you’re looking for to install Windows on a Chromebook.
Chromebooks are simple and efficient laptops with Chrome OS on board, which you can use to perform simple tasks. The laptops are very affordable, as the operating system does not require high-end specifications to function properly. The same goes for the apps.
Windows on Chromebook
But sometimes it is Chrome OS not sufficient. Sometimes you miss certain ones apps or programs. And if you have already bought a (reasonably powerful) Chromebook, then you might prefer to install Windows 10 on it. Know it’s possible, but you’ll have to jump through some hoops.
The best advice we can give in advance is this: if you want a Windows laptop, buy a laptop with Windows 10 on board. If you are someone who likes to tinker with systems and play with software, then you can always try it the hard way.
If you’re not quite sure yet, there are a number of points to consider, see our guide for that: Chromebook or laptop: which one should I buy?
Before we start explaining, you need a few things.
- A relatively powerful Chromebook
- A Windows 10 computer
- Tools for opening your Chromebook
- A USB stick with enough space
- A keyboard and mouse (with USB)
To prepare your Chromebook, follow these steps.
- First, turn off the Chromebook completely.
- Open the back of the device and remove the so-called Write Protect Screw. That special screw is in a different place on every Chromebook. So check in advance where the screw is located on your device.
- Now press the following button combination: Esc + Refresh (refresh) + Power (the power button).
- This puts the Chromebook in recovery mode.
- Now press Ctrl + D and Enter so that you activate developer mode.
- Now press Ctrl + D again so that the device boots up.
Now open a tab and press the combination Ctrl + Alt + T. Type in the word “shell” and press Enter. Copy the following line of text (cd ~; curl -L -O https://mrchromebox.tech/uefi-flash.sh && sudo bash uefi-flash.sh) and press Enter. Choose the option now Full core boot Firmware in picture.
Now go to the computer with Windows 10. Open a browser and go to the Microsoft website, where you can download Windows 10. Insert the USB stick into your computer. Open the file you just downloaded and press Accept (otherwise it will be Accept in English).
- Now select the option to create an installation disc for another PC.
- Click on the next button in the picture.
- Then choose the recommended settings for this PC, press next and select the USB drive.
- Now press the button again for the next page.
- Then it is important that you give the computer some time to complete the process. This may take a while, so don’t immediately think that something went wrong.
- After the process is complete, you can press Finish or Finish and we can grab the Chromebook again.
Install Windows on Chromebook
Insert the USB stick containing the Windows installation file into the Chromebook. It is possible that the Chromebook immediately takes Windows as its operating system. Otherwise, you have to press the Esc button directly during power on and select the USB stick in the next screen.
- Now connect the USB keyboard and the USB mouse to the Chromebook (hopefully you haven’t forgotten those).
- Now select your language and region and press next.
- Press the install button.
- When Windows asks for a product key, indicate that you currently do not have a product key.
- In the next screen you can choose which version of Windows 10 you can install. Preference is given to Windows 10 Home or 10 Pro.
- Select the option for the custom Windows installation.
- Delete all partitions, ignore the warnings and press next again.
Now you can let the system install Windows. This can also take a while, so give it time. After the Chromebook with Windows has rebooted, you can remove the USB stick when prompted. Now you can customize Windows; skip the network connection for now.
Install Windows drivers on Chromebook
All Chromebooks have different hardware and drivers, making it hard to figure out exactly which drivers you need to make everything work. In addition, official drivers often do not work. That means that you have to look for another solution.
A developer called CoolStar may have the solution for you. That person made a guide to Windows on Chromebook. If you go to the website and choose your model, you will get everything you are missing in no time. So handy.
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