How to Turn an Old Laptop Into a Brand New, Fast “chromebook”

When I work remotely from home, connecting to my computer in my office and going out only on rare occasions, I have more time to do some things that I often cannot do due to lack of time, such as trying different distros. Linux, build a desktop with different parts used and see if it can serve someone who does not have, try more software than I usually test, and other things that have to do with technology.


A couple of days ago, with a bit of time to do something and not continue watching Netflix, Hulu, or other services, I started to tidy up the closet of my study at home and found an old HP Pavilion DV2 laptop from a little more than ten years.

I installed Windows 10 first, and as you can imagine, it worked, but I can’t say it worked as fast as I would have liked.

That is why it occurred to me to try another operating system, but not a Linux distribution. So the first thing that came to mind was doing something that I had never tried before precisely due to lack of time. It occurred to me to install Chrome OS or the open-source version Chromium OS, which is based on the Linux Kernel, as most of you know, works based on the cloud, with the Chrome browser as the user interface.


One cannot download Chrome OS from Google since it only offers it to install on Chromebook devices, but what can be done is to use Chromium OS, the open-source project from which Chrome OS came, to generate the installation. Luckily there are Chromium OS installations already ready.
This company is Neverware, which created the CloudReady operating system that is none other than Chromium OS with some extra functions, especially administration and support for different types of hardware other than the Chromebooks themselves. Neverware offers a pair of paid versions and a free version called CloudReady Home Edition.

Neverware CloudReady

Installing CloudReady Home Edition on this laptop was very easy, and yes, I am currently writing this article from the 2009 HP Pavilion DV2 with CloudReady.

Also, Neverware developed a straightforward application to create the installation on a USB memory. This application is simple and guides the user step by step through the entire creation process.

The company also offers a list of certified devices on which this operating system works very well, but if you can’t find your laptop there, don’t worry; this laptop isn’t on the list either, and it works perfectly.

Also, before installing on the laptop’s hard drive, you can test how CloudReady works on it by booting from the USB memory (Live Boot) and if once they have done so, they are satisfied, can decide to install CloudReady on the hard drive.

Below are the steps to follow to install CloudReady Home Edition on an old laptop.


CREATE THE CLOUDREADY HOME EDITION INSTALLER

1) You need to download the USB Maker application for Windows 7 or higher from the guide page to install CloudReady .

2) Once the application is downloaded, run it and follow the easy instructions offered by the application to create the installer for this operating system on a USB memory of 8 GB or more.

RUN THE CLOUDREADY HOME EDITION OPERATING SYSTEM FROM THE USB STICK

1) With the laptop turned off, they plug in the USB memory they created. To one of the laptop’s USB ports.

2) They turn on the laptop and immediately press the special key of the laptop to enter the boot configuration and opt for the USB boot option.

3) Within a few seconds of starting the boot with the new operating system, you will see a white screen with the CloudReady logo. Then they will have to enter their WiFi password, connect with their Google account, something else, and finally, they will see CloudReady (Chromium OS) in action.

INSTALL CLOUDREADY ON YOUR HARD DRIVE

Before starting, keep in mind that the installation will remove the operating system, files, and applications previously installed.

1) After following all the previous steps and without unplugging the USB memory, enter the CloudReady configuration by clicking on the menu where you see the battery icon, the WiFi icon, and the time.

2) There, you will see an icon that says Install OS. Click on it, and the installation of CloudReady Home Edition on the hard drive will begin.

3) When the installation is finished, which lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time, they must enter the WiFi password again, connect to their Google account, and some other things, remove the USB memory and start the system, which will now be a faster process because it is done from the hard disk.

NeverWare CloudReady Home Edition

4) They customize CloudReady to their liking with the options offered by this operating system, such as the language, keyboard, desktop background, and other things.

NeverWare CloudReady Home Edition

That’s all. You will see how the old laptop has come back to life and works much faster than with Windows.

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