Loading an alternate OS onto a Chromebook will soon be much easier

By Shawn Knight ยท 13 replies
Jan 13, 2015
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  1. Chromebooks have emerged as a serious threat to Windows-based machines over the past few years, primarily due to their portable size, inexpensive hardware and lightweight OS. The latter, however, is also one of the platform's major drawbacks as a good...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I wouldn't want to run OS X or Windows on such a weak machine... Linux might run fine though. That said though, I bet the OSes are being optimized for low power chips (ARM) as we speak.
  3. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +73

    Getting a printer to run on a chromebook though not difficult to a techie would be confusing to a none technical person and will not even print if your internet is off.

    The one I set up for a disabled lady seemed perfectly fast enough on chromeOS but with it being a celery CPU I doubt it would be any good on windows. At least it's not an Atom so it's got that going for it.
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  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

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  5. loading

    loading TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +13

    "Chromebooks have emerged as a serious threat to Windows-based machines over the past few years,"


    Working with an IT company for the past 12 years, I have yet to see a single Chromebook in the field. Plenty of Surface Pros however.
  6. They're a threat in the low-end consumer space, where having a family makes the choice of three cheap Chromebooks or one Surface Pro for you.
  7. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    I played around with a HP Stream 13 that has a Celeron CPU and 2GB of RAM and, to tell the truth, it runs very well for everything I tried to do on it. The new Celerons, while not the fastest, are good enough for the basic things a person would use a Chromebook or similar laptop for.
  8. Surface Pro and Chrome books are for different things.

    Chrome books are less expensive and can access website, Google Apps and Facebook, twitter and such and a lot of schools use them to allow there students to do homework on. You can also run Microsoft's web based programs.

    Surface Pro are more expensive.
  9. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +73

    A celeron cpu is probably fine on a chromebook where less is going on and will start of OK on a windows machine but without constant tweaking on windows will soon crawl.
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,035   +2,558

    Why bother with this nonsense about installing a different OS on a Chromebook? Just buy one with Windows on it from the jump, and avoid bringing aggravation onto yourself.

    You know, it does seem to me a noteworthy act of blind stupidity, to buy a "laptop kit". As in one which you don't want the OEM OS.
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  12. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    I have a few
    I have a few Windows 8.1 computers running on Celeron E2140 & E2160s that bench lower than the N2840 and they work perfectly fine, even overtime without any real tweaking. Windows doesn't slow down all that much unless you are constantly adding in badly programmed crapware. Windows is getting better at keeping itself running overtime and can actually go without real cleaning as long as you don't fill the computer up with random useless programs.
  13. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +73

    I deal with consumer pc's on a daily basis and the ones without crapware of some kind are very rare indeed.
  14. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    That is true, but that still doesn't mean that Windows is at fault. Windows runs well if you take care of it but like anything else if you don't take care of it it will break down. I've trained (yes, trained not taught) my family what not to do to a computer and for the most part they listen and the computers all work well. I am starting to think that you should be required to take a test in order to own a computer but that would put a lot of techs out of business.

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