How to Live Boot Chromium OS off a USB Stick (in 15 minutes) – Episode 011 – Digital 100 Show

This is episode #011 of the Digital 100 show with your host Patrick Wagner

Episode #011 of the Digital 100 show – I get called out on how to make a chromebook boot from a USB via social media. Yesterday’s episode covered the benefits of Chromebooks and the option for booting any computer into a chromebook via a usb. A great idea of which I have done but it’s been over a year approx., when I did the searches it was much harder then I expected to find a simple video or post that explain an easy to get a Chromium OS (chromebook os) to boot from a USB – so you can carry a chromebook in your pocket any where you go. Or alternatively you could take any old laptop an install the x86 ISO on the USB and your can re-purpose some junky Windows laptop into a fast surfing Chromebook for nothing at all.

For this example I am going to load the x64 Chroimum OS, my 16GB USB.

Fork in the road – time to make a choice:

Option #1: Install Chromium to load on your computer follow Neverware’s USB Boot installer USB option.

This installs the files on your computer not your USB this USB only has the install files to apply to a computer.

Option #2 – Install Chromium OS to run off a USB – this is my prefered option.

Step 1: Download 7zip & Install it.

*You need this to unzip the ISO image of Chromium you are downloading next.

Step 2: Download an image ISO of Chromium


Look for Camd64OS builds denote x64 processors
CARMOS builds denote ARM processors and Cx86OS builds denote x86 processors.

Download load into your work space folder.

Once install unzip using 7zip.

Step 3: Install Rufus

Download to your work space folder.

Step 4: Make sure your USB in your computer, run Rufus.

Select the ISO your unzip. Start and it will create your Chromium bootable from a USB.

Now place your Chromium bootable USB in your computer and boot it up.

For a Windows or Linux PC: Different computers have different BIOS settings. Usually, the Boot Options menu has the keyboard shortcut F5, F8, or F12.

If you are unsure or need to boot from your bios setting please refer to this blog post: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/enter-bios-computer/

Comment or reach out on social media @patrickwagner – I’d be happy to answer any of your digital business, investing, bitcoin & crypto related questions with my videos.

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