Chromebooks sport a sleek, simple, and purpose-oriented operating system that’s commonly known as Chrome OS. It’s fast and tends to get the job done efficiently without involving too many processes or any other complex program for that matter. If you own a Chrome OS, you already know how convenient these little magicians are.
You can also fix potential problems with other Windows-based PCs by downloading the installer of the operating system. To do this, you’d require a USB drive with the required operating system.
The best part is that you can create a bootable USB drive with a Windows installer on it using nothing but your Chromebook. You do not need any other PC, such as a Windows-based laptop or a Linux machine, to do this. Therefore, in this article, we’ll write down a straightforward method to get a Windows installer downloaded on a USB on your Chromebook. Doing so will enable you to install Windows on any PC. Let’s get started.
Creating a Bootable Windows Installer USB Drive on Chromebook
To create bootable USB drives on your Chromebook, you need to have a USB with at least 8 GB of space available and a tool called Chromebook Recovery Utility. This is an application offered by Google to assists users in instances such as these, whether they’d like to replace Chrome OS with a new operating system or re-install Chrome OS if it has been rendered useless. Therefore, we’ll first have to get the Chromebook Recovery Utility from the Chrome Web Store to continue.
Installing the Chromebook Recovery Utility Tool
The following steps will explain how you can easily install the Chromebook Recovery Utility extension on your device.
1) Begin by clicking on this link so you can head straight to the official download page of Chromebook Recovery Utility. When you’re there, click on “Add to Chrome” to continue.
2) After doing that, a prompt will appear from the top of your window. It’ll be to confirm whether you’d like to continue the download or not. Click on “Add extension” to move forward.
3) Right after that, your download will begin, and Chromebook Recovery Utility will be added to your Chrome browser in a moment. You’ll be notified shortly that the extension has been installed. The tool will be present in your Extensions Bar near the top-right corner of your Chrome window.
You’ve done half the work installing the Chromebook Recovery Utility tool on your Chromebook successfully. It’s time to move ahead and create a bootable USB drive containing the Windows installer.
Creating a Windows Installer USB Drive
The method for creating a bootable USB drive with a Windows installer isn’t complex, but it does require a bit of attentiveness. The following steps are going to explain how you can do this.
1) The first thing you’re going to have to do is install a Windows 10 Disc Image which you’ll get in an ISO format. For that to happen, click on this link and head to the official Microsoft install page. When you’re there, you’ll have to choose a few options, such as the version of Windows 10 and the language you’d like it in. After completing the initial phase, click on the “64-bit Download” button to begin the process. The download can take a while since the file size is around 5.6 GB.
2) After the download is finished, you’re going to rename the ISO file. This is because the Chromebook Recovery Utility tool we’re about to use in just a minute isn’t equipped to deal with an ISO file format. Therefore, we’re to change the file to something more workable, which is BIN. Replace the “.iso” part with “.bin,” and you’re good to go. The screenshot below depicts how your file should look like after the edit. As you’ll see, the format should change to BIN after renaming the file.
3) It’s now time to fire up the Chromebook Recovery Utility tool and load this BIN file. The first step to take here is to click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the window and click on “Use local image.” After clicking on this option, your local storage will pop up, allowing you to add the BIN file to the Recovery tool.
4) Next, you’ll have to insert your USB drive into your Chromebook. Keep in mind to use an empty drive since all its contents will be erased in the third step of the Recovery Utility tool. After plugging in your USB, you’ve completed the second step. When you’ve selected your USB drive, click on “Continue.”
5) The next step is to create a recovery image where all data and partitions of your USB drive will be erased. Click on “Create now” to finalize the process.
6) Doing so will format your flash drive with the contents of Windows 10 that you need, thereby creating a Windows installer. If you see a completion screen similar to the screenshot below, you’ve successfully finished this process. Click on “Done” to close the window.
Congratulations on making it to the end! You’ve created a bootable USB with a Windows installer on it. It’s time to enter the Developer Mode and begin installing the newly installed operating system. If you require more information on installing Windows, be sure to give this article a read.
Chromebooks having a flexible nature, can execute a wide variety of tasks, and creating a bootable USB drive is definitely one of them. In this article, we’ve shown you how to use your Chromebook to download a Windows installer, get it on a USB, and format it to accommodate any PC you like. If you’ve carefully followed the instructions above, you now know how easy it is to install Windows on other computers. We hope that this guide has been helpful for your cause. Chrome Ready wishes you good luck!