It’s easy to make your Chromebook more than the sum of its parts.
A Chromebook can be a great purchase even if you never step outside of Google’s trusted environment. They are some of the best web machines ever built, require almost no software maintenance, and come in a myriad of different styles and price points. We love the things, and the numbers say we’re not alone.
But like anything electronic, sometimes it’s fun to push the envelope and do things a little outside of the intended use. Sometimes that means hidden features in the software, sometimes it means altering the software, and sometimes it means replacing the software entirely. We’re familiar with people doing just that with Android, but it’s also pretty easy to do with your Chromebook. The best part is that it’s also very easy to go back.
Let’s have a look at what you need to get started, and where to begin.
Create a recovery image
Before you start doing anything it’s always a good idea to have a path back to a time when everything worked. Luckily, that’s fairly easy when we’re talking about a Chromebook.
Google has an official tool that will install the factory-issued software to your Chrome device on a 4GB or larger USB stick or SD card. You can then use this media to restore your Chromebook just like it was fresh out of the box.
Google has full instructions on using their tool here but here’s the process in a nutshell:
Insert the media you’ll be using as a recovery disk into a Windows, OS X or Linux computer that you have admin rights on.
Install the correct version of the recovery tool for your platform via the links at Google’s site.
Run the recovery tool and tell it which Chrome device you’re building a restore image for.
When you’re finished,