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How to install ChromeOS Flex on an AUE expired Chromebook

by Dan Millward

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I updated my Chromebook running Cloudready to ChromeOS flex

A while back I updated my old Toshiba Chromebook 2 to Cloudready. The Toshiba Chromebook 2 reached its AUE date a while back long before we had Lacros.

If you have a Chromebook where the AUE date is expiring now or in the future. I’d recommend enabling Lacros on your Chromebook rather than installing ChromeOS Flex. This is because you’ll not have to mess about with removing the physical write protection, and if your device supports Android apps you’ll still have access to these.

However, if your Chromebook AUE date expired before Lacros was an option. Then you may want to consider installing ChromeOS flex. Chrome OS Flex is the new OS from Google, which replaces Cloudready.

If you’ve already installed Cloudready

If you’ve previously installed Cloudready on your Chromebook you’ll be happy to know updating to ChromeOS Flex is easy. This is because all devices running Cloudready will automatically be updated to ChromeOS Flex.

I had not used my Toshiba Chromebook that was using Cloudready for some time. Therefore, there were a few updates that needed to take place. The first couple of updates provided a new version of Cloudready, and it wasn’t until I did a further update that it automatically swapped over to ChromeOS Flex.

You’ll know when ChromeOS Flex has been installed because you will see a ChromeOS welcome screen very similar to what you get on a device running ChromeOS. The black background with the white ChromeOS logo.

ChromeOS Flex did not fix my speaker issue

When I originally updated my Toshiba Chromebook 2 to Cloudready something that did not work were the speakers. I played around with the settings a lot to try and fix it, but the OS simply did not recognise the hardware.

I was hoping ChromeOS Flex would fix this but at the moment this isn’t the case. Well, that’s the situation for my Toshiba Chromebook 2, but other Chromebooks may work. It’s not a major issue though because you can still get sound by connecting to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones.

ChromeOS Flex offers more features than Cloudready

When you first start using Chrome OS Flex you will immediately notice you have access to more features. This includes having access to your Google Assistant and the phone hub, which are features you get with the standard ChromeOS.

There are plenty of other features that ChromeOS Flex offers that were not available on Cloudready. Therefore, if you’re using Cloudready at the moment you should find updating to Flex offers a much better experience.

Enable Lacros instead of installing ChromeOS Flex

If you have a ChromeOS computer that is shortly about to stop getting updates. Then I’d recommend enabling Lacros rather than trying to install ChromeOS Flex.

Although you can install other operating systems on a Chromebook it isn’t something I’d recommend unless you’re happy taking your device apart. Yes, to install a new operating system onto a Chromebook does mean opening up your computer to remove the physical write protection.

You’re much better off enabling Lacros because this will mean you can still use your Chromebook safely after the AUE date. I’d only install ChromeOS Flex if your device stopped receiving updates some time ago, and you don’t have Lacros flags.

ChromeOS Flex is for old PCs and MACs

If you have an old PC or MAC that doesn’t work too well because the internals are now considered dated. Installing Chrome OS Flex is a great way to give your old computer a new life.

ChromeOS Flex is very similar to what ChromeOS users experience when using a Chromebook or Chromebox. You do not have access to Android apps, but you can use PWAs and any other type of app available directly from your browser.

If you have an old computer knocking around and don’t want to spend money on a new one. Then I’d check out ChromeOS Flex.

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2 comments

Didier July 24, 2022 - 2:06 pm

Hello, I use an old Chromebook Lenovo n20p, version 76, is it possible to get the flags Lacros ??
Many thanhs

Didier ( France )

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Dan Millward July 25, 2022 - 9:44 am

Hi, I don’t think you would have access. The best thing to do is to check.

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