In these days when I work from home remotely connecting to my computer in my office and that I only go out on rare occasions, I have more time to do some things that many times I 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 normally test and other things related to technology.
A couple of days ago with a little time to do something and not to continue watching Netflix, Hulu or other services, I started to order the closet of my study at home and found an old laptop HP Pavilion DV2 a little over 10 years ago.
I installed first Windows 10 and as you can imagine it worked but i can't say it worked fast as i would have liked.
That's why it occurred to me to try another operating system, but not one Linux distribution. So the first thing that came to mind was to do something that I had never tried until now precisely due to lack of time. It occurred to me to install Chrome OS or rather the open source version Chromium OSAlthough it is based on the Linux Kernel, as most of you know, it works based on the cloud, with the Chrome browser as the user interface.
The problem is that one cannot download Chrome OS Google since it only offers it to install on Chromebook devices, but what you can do is use Chromium OS, the open source project that Chrome OS came out of, to generate the installation. Luckily there are already installed Chromium OS installations.
This company is Neverware, which created the operating system CloudReady which is none other than Chromium OS with some extra functions, especially administration and support for other types of hardware other than the Chromebooks themselves. Neverware offers a version of paid versions and a free version called CloudReady Home Edition.
Install CloudReady Home Edition On this laptop it was very easy and yes, I am currently writing this article from the 2009 HP Pavilion DV2 with CloudReady 🙂.
Also Neverware He also developed a very simple application to create the installation on a USB memory. This application is very simple and guides the user step by step through the entire creation process.
The company also offers a list of certified devices in 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 first and before installing on the laptop's hard drive, you can test how CloudReady works on it by booting from the USB stick (Live Boot) and if once they did, they 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 must download the USB Maker application for Windows 7 or greater 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 stick of 8 GB or more.
Run the CloudReady Home Edition operating system from the USB memory
1) With the laptop turned off, they plug in the USB memory they created. to one of the laptop's USB ports.
2) Turn on the laptop and immediately press the special key on it to enter the boot configuration and choose the option to boot from USB.
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 the password of their WiFi, connect to their Google account, some other things and finally they will see CloudReady (Chromiun OS) in action.
Install CloudReady on the hard drive
Before starting, keep in mind that the installation will eliminate the operating system, files and applications previously installed there.
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.
3) When the installation is finished, which lasts approximately 20 minutes and during which you must enter the WiFi password again, connect again to your Google account and some other things, remove the USB memory and start the system, which will now be a faster process since it will be done from the hard disk.
4) Customize CloudReady to your liking with the options offered by this operating system, such as the language, keyboard, desktop background and other things.
That's it. You will see how the old laptop has come back to life and works much faster than with Windows.