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CloudReady Turns Your Old PC Or Mac Into A Chromebook

CloudReady Turns Your Old PC Or Mac Into A Chromebook

Got an old PC lying around the house that is slow, outdated, and just unusable? I’m sure most people can say yes to that. In today’s fast moving world, PCs get outdated fast, but with CloudReady, an old computer doesn’t have to be throw away.

CloudReady is an operating system built on top of Chrome OS that is designed to run on low-end/older machines which basically turns them into a Chromebook/Chromebox. The service is designed for schools (who have to pay for it, $59 per machine), but there’s a free version for you to use at home.


Just like Chrome OS, this OS is based entirely in the cloud. The OS is designed to push users toward cloud based programs like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and others rather than relying on local programs. If you still have a few programs you need to access however, the service offers a dual-boot option so that you can easily switch between your primary OS and CloudReady without any hassle at all.

To use CloudReady, you’ll need to meet some basic system requirements, listed below.

System Requirements

RAM -1 GB or more RAM  will provide a fluid CloudReady experience. Additional RAM will help make multi-tab browsing and app-switching smoother.

Connectivity – Wifi or Ethernet access is necessary during CloudReady set up, and just like Chromebooks, many applications cannot be used when offline.

BIOS – Changing a PC’s operating system requires access to the BIOS settings. In most cases, everything works fine with default settings, but in some cases you may need to update the BIOS on your computers, or toggle certain settings.

Storage – Like Chromebooks, CloudReady relies primarily on cloud-storage, and so only requires 8GB local storage (HDD or SSD).

Chipset / Graphics – On CloudReady, graphics processing is where computers show their age the most. Every model is unique, but the following are “rules of thumb” for what has potential to meet our certification standards:

  • Desktops & Laptops: Introduced on or after May 2007
  • Netbooks: Introduced on or after June 2009
  • NOTE: Netbooks with Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, or 3650 graphics will have very poor performance despite meeting other technical requirements.

CloudReady regularly certifies machine to work with the service so if you want to see if your machine is certified, check out the list here.

If you’re interested in giving it a shot, check it out at the link down below!

Source: CloudReady

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Ben Schoon

Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.