How to check if your dusty old computer can run Chrome OS Flex

Sam Fried

Table of Contents What do I need to run Chrome OS Flex?Should you use it? Think that old computer sitting in your drawer is useless? Think again, buster — because Google just announced Chrome OS Flex. This is an operating system designed to run on bygone PCs and, making it […]

Think that old computer sitting in your drawer is useless? Think again, buster — because Google just announced Chrome OS Flex.

This is an operating system designed to run on bygone PCs and, making it perfect for small businesses and educational institutes. Google hopes it’ll also have a positive impact on reducing global eWaste.

You can run Chrome OS Flex using only a USB drive, with setup taking a few minutes.

This development comes after Google acquired Neverware in 2020, a company that enabled loading Chrome OS on old devices with its CloudReady software. While there were whispers about Google integrating it directly into Chrome OS, the new announcement means the company has branched it off into its own product.

There are certain conditions you have to meet before you can run Chrome OS Flex, including device specifications and compatibility. Let’s dive into it.

What do I need to run Chrome OS Flex?

Here are the minimum device requirements to run Chrome OS Flex:

Architecture: Intel or AMD x86-64-bit compatible device

  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Internal storage: 16 GB
  • The machine is bootable from USB.
  • BIOS: Full administrator access

Unfortunately, you can’t run this OS on machines with ARM processors, such as M1-powered Macs. As ARM-powered systems are generally newer, most can run modern software, and don’t necessarily need to be compatible with a lightweight operating system. For now.