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Can I install Windows on Chromebook?

Chromebook is a laptop that runs on Chrome OS, a proprietary operating system of Google. The Chromebook, unlike Windows based laptops, comes with basic configuration. You will see a lot of Chromebooks that run on Celeron processors. The standard configuration comes with 4 GB internal RAM and 64 Gb hard drive space. The hard drives is in SSD configuration. Usable portion of the hard drive is around 45 Gb.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

Given these constraints on the standard configuration, I can suggest that one should avoid installing Windows on a Chromebook. Technically speaking, installing Windows on Chromebook is possible. But, Chromebooks have been designed with a specific market in focus. Chromebooks are absolutely beneficial for people who use laptops for basic document editing, using the web for Internet based activities and for watching a lot of online content like the videos. Chromebooks are also suitable for online school and college classes, that run on any online collaboration tools such as Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Cisco-WebEx. Any task that is focused on the web is an ideal fit for the Chromebook.

Chromebooks are not a fit case for

  • people who use Microsoft office extensively on their local systems.
  • If at all, you wish to make use of laptops for running applications locally or if you intend to use the Chromebook for designing or development activities

Chromebooks are light weight (most weigh under 2 kg) and are suitable for people on the move. They are suitable for students and teachers alike. Anybody who is working on web-centric activities will stand to benefit from the use of a Chromebook. Chromebooks are bereft of the problems of malicious codes and virus.

So, for all practical considerations, if you are a normal user of laptops and computers and require Microsoft Windows for working, then Chromebooks are not for you.

Windows can be installed on Chromebooks with slightly higher configuration. But, inspite of the configuration, installing Windows on Chromebooks is not a fit case of application of Chromebooks. And, it defeats the purpose of buying a Chromebook if you have to install the Windows operating system on top of it. It would be cheaper to buy an HP or Dell notebook computer that come with pre-loaded Windows Home or Pro editions.