Chrome Operating System FAQ’s

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Chrome Operating System FAQ’s

How Chrome Os Works?

Chrome Os is a simple and portable but fast Operating system by Google. Mainly based on the Linux kernel and runs a single app Chrome Browser as a user interface. Chrome Os is available only with dedicated special bread of laptops called Chromebooks. They work as netbooks.

It’s a cloud-based Os, store all your data on Google cloud (Gdrive), so data is more secure and accessible from everywhere. It updates automatically and you can use a vast variety of Android apps from play store just like on your mobile phone\ devices.

How much does Chrome Os Cost?

Chrome os costs nothing itself because it’s available on dedicated laptops in a preinstalled mode called Chromebooks (ranging from $199 to $1000). So As soon you get your Chromebook, you just need to power up your Chromebook and within seconds you can start using the system entering your google account username and password.

How to install chrome Os?

In case you want to install chrome os on any old PC or laptop you are currently using, then you have to first install (dual boot) any supported Linux build and then Chrome os using either USB(with os image file ) Or from Cloud-ready. Here is a complete guide on installing Chrome os on a PC.

How much space does chrome os take?

The core installation files take up to 7 GB locale storage space or SSD Hard disk space. So let’s say if you buy a Chromebook with 16GB SSD Hard disk, you could use nearly 9 GB storage for other Tasks, Downloads, android apps.

So how much storage does chrome os need is nearly 7 GB.

How to check storage space on Chromebook?

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Device
  3. Select Storage Management

Here you can see all used storage for different App Container, your downloads, offline files, and available storage.

Can you add storage to a Chromebook?

Sure! You can add any amount of storage you want, there are many external storage devices available from a simple 4 GB USB, a 64 GB SD Card up to a terabyte external hard drive.

These devices mostly come with plug n play functionality. Since New Chromebooks have built-in C type USB ports, so just check the compatibility with Chromebooks before buying or use peripheral Devices to connect them easily and effortlessly.

Is 16gb storage enough for a Chromebook?

Yes, Chromebook is not a local storage-centric device from the very beginning. The idea of Chromebook is based on as a cloud-based Netbook with their dedicated core software (Chrome OS).

That is why Chromebooks come with a small built-in storage for offline access to your most important files and an additional 100GB of Google Drive space to backed up automatically your’s every other file to access during the online session. Then you can always add external storage devices according to your need. You can buy more cloud space from any provider.

How can I get more storage on my Chromebook?

Getting more storage is not a problem as now Chromebooks are being produced with bigger storage from 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB, and there including other external storage options as well:

Chromebook Storage Options

  • An external SSD Hard disk
  • An SD Card
  • A USB( 64 GB and above)

How much RAM does chrome Os use?

Normally Chromebooks equipped with 2 GB or 4 GB RAM, up to 16 GB, for more powerful tasks, gaming or multitasking, 4 GB is recommended, though obviously a bit expensive but still cheap than conventional PC Or Laptops.

How to update Chrome Os?

Chromebooks automatically check the updates as soon as it connects to the WIFI or internet. When updates are available an icon appears on taskbar Or you can check yourself from → Setting→

About Chrome Os→ check for updates.

How Often does Chrome os Update?

Minor updates are released very frequently like some bug or security fixing, or software updates, for every two or three weeks time frame. But a full OS update release about every 6 weeks.which is about over 400 MB and minor updates are about 50 MB.

How to Download Chrome Os?

Google Chrome OS is not a conventional operating system that you can download or buy on a disc and install. The only way you can get Google Chrome OS is by buying a Chromebook that has Google Chrome OS installed by the OEM. Google Chrome OS is being developed to run on new machines that are specially designed for enhanced security and performance.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook?

Taking a screenshot on a Chromebook is a little tricky at first, but going to be very easy when you know how to do.

First of all, if you go to your settings and check out your keyboard´s configuration where you can find all useful short keys for that specific Chromebooks of yours. Let ́s go there

  • Go to settings
  • Select Device
  • Select keyboard
  • view keyboard shortcut  (click the arrow ) here opens up the windows:

As you can see here:

For Full Screen

  • Press  and hold down Ctrl + Windows switching key

For partial or selected screenshot

  • Press  and hold Ctrl + shift+ windows switching key

At this point, the cursor switches to crosshair shape for your selection, just select and drag the desired portion or block and release the mouse button. Your screenshot will be store into download folder by default.

Now for some Chromebooks, you may need another step to take a screenshot. You need to shift into function key by pressing the search key on your keyboard.

So on Acer Chromebook CB 3-431, we have noticed that if you are not getting your screenshot by this combination then use the following:

  • Press and hold Ctrl+search+windows switching key (for full screen)
  • Press and hold Ctrl+Shift+search+windows switching key(for selection)

Both types of your Screenshots will save on downloads automatically with a pop up of the screenshot on your right corner over the date and battery status can select to copy on the clipboard as well.

how to take a screenshot on a chromebook

The image format is.PNG and it named just like that: Screenshot 2019-06-02 at 23.11.53.png
Here is a short video if you need to view all in action.

How powerwash Chrome OS?

Power Wash or factory reset is the same thing. Simply means erasing all your data on your Chromebook’s hard drive.

Here is how you can power wash your Chromebook:

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Advanced.
  5. In the “Powerwash” section, select Powerwash —>Reset.
  6. In the box that appears, select Powerwash —>Continue.
  7. Follow the steps that appear and sign in with your Google Account.
  8. After resetting your Chromebook:
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your Chromebook as you have done previously, choosing a language, time setting, keyboard settings.

What Operating System Does Chromebook Use?

Chromebooks come with pre-installed Os shortly called chrome OS (Google chrome Operating system) developed by Google in 2011. It’s a lightweight, cloud-centric Os, and officially available only on Chromebooks. That said, no downloadable CD or Image available in the market. Though there are certain workarounds are available to install chrome os on PC or Windows-based traditional laptops.

Review Summery

Chrome Os is a simple and portable but fast Operating system by Google. Mainly based on the Linux kernel and runs a single app Chrome Browser as a user interface.

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