How many of you have old computers laying around the house? I am sure plenty of us do, so it’s time to bring them back to life with CloudReady. But what is CloudReady?

CloudReady is an operating system that is based on Chrome OS. But it has the added benefit that it can run on a plethora of older (and new) computers, essentially turning them into Chromebooks. It is built mainly for schools to be able to re-purpose old computers and avoid sluggish machines while saving money.

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This makes total sense, but schools still have to pay a bit for this service. Lucky for you, there is also a free version for the home. The only downside is that the free version comes with no support and no Google Management console enrollment. Education fees are set at $59 per machine, which sure beats buying a whole new computer for students.

There is another downside… kind of. It is still a cloud-based OS, and therefore, has its limitation. This is why CloudReady has also made a dual-boot option available. This means you could run both Windows (or Mac OS X) and Chrome OS at the same time. All you would have to do is choose which operating system you want to launch from, during boot.


Want to give it a go? You can go ahead and check which machines the software is compatible with. Some are not certified for the dual-boot option, but most are. If yours is in the list, just have at it and download the software. You will get a set of instructions too. The process is really simple, so you should be fine getting everything running.

Once ready, just hit the CloudReady website and download your free software. There is an option to go with the education-focused service as well, if you need that. Who is signing up? I am downloading as we speak.

Edgar Cervantes
Edgar Cervantes has over 5 years of experience in tech journalism. Exploring the latest gadgets and constantly studying the industry are part of is daily drive. Regardless of what he is working on, you can be sure he is always trying his best to bring you the best content. He will be dead honest and will bend to nothing.
  • Diego Opazo SV-Cross

    I’d try that.

  • EP_2012

    I have this on several older laptops and it they run just as well as my new Chromebook. Really happy with this.

    Also, they have a support forum if you need help – no need to pay for the education version if you don’t need to.

    Highly recommended!

  • So_Excited

    oh my god yes thank you so much for letting me know about this!

  • That_Man

    The weird thing is, the only desktop computer that is shown above, is one of my computers. Pure coincidence!

  • wrbl

    On my Asus Eee PC X101CH it’s laggy AF !!!

  • Jay Baker

    I put this on my 2009 Gateway netbook. Runs smooth however every now and then there is a lag. But for the most part it runs great! Actually, I haven’t stopped using my netbook since installing. Nice work Neverware!