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Note: For running Chrome OS from USB stick, we are going to use Chrome OS Cherry (formerly Diet Chromium), a slimmer Chrome OS that supports more hardware.

Here's what you need to do to install Chrome OS on an USB stick:

1. Download Chrome OS Cherry and extract the downloaded archive.

2. Let's write the chromiumos.img file onto an USB stick (bootable, obviously):

-For Windows, download and install Win32 Image Writer

Then, under "Image File", select the chomiumos.img file and on the "Device" section, select your USB drive. Now you can click "Write" and the image will begin to be written on the USB drive.

-For Ubuntu, install USB Image Writer:
sudo apt-get install usb-imagewriter

After installing it, you will find it under Applications > Accessories > Image Writer.

Then simply select the chomiumos.img under "Write image", select your USB drive, and click on the "Write on device" button:

usb image writer chromeos

-For any Linux distribution:
If you are more comfortable with the command line, simply use this command:
dd if=<path to IMG file> of=<path to USB drive>

Replacing the bolded text with the path to the chromiumos.img and the path to your USB drive.

More methods of creating bootable USB drives (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X).

3. Now you can restart your PC and select to boot from the USB stick (from BIOS). Google Chrome OS should then start.

Note: to make the Internet connection work, firstly you can login with the default username and password:

Default username is facepunch, default password is facepunch.


Thanks to Nothing to hide for the Diet Chromium tip.