User Receives CR-48 With Windows 7 Installed
A lot of you who are already active on the Chrome OS Lounge (forums) are already aware that it is indeed possible to install Windows 7 on a CR-48 Chrome Notebook. It doesn’t come as a massive surprise as Google already made it clear during their Chrome Event last month that anyone should be able to install any operating system to the CR-48 when in ‘developer mode‘; after-all Ubuntu has already been successful installed on the CR-48.
I am the owner of said Chrome OS laptop. I can assure you that it is how it came to me out of box. I don’t know how else I can prove that to you, other than the pictures and video I took in the post.
I certainly didn’t get a Chrome OS notebook, reformat it, install Windows 7 Japanese and then proceed to load whatever the hell that is that pops up every time I boot.
I received an email via Google to RMA it if I wish. I may just try to install Chrome OS myself. Haven’t decided yet.
The above claim has attracted a lot of interest and many developers are already testing the claim. Hexxeh made a surprise entry into the discussion; he explains that he believes it may be possible for anyone (with the right know-how) ‘should’ be able to install any operating system onto their device (read original forum post here):
So this is very, VERY interesting.
On a stock shipped Cr-48, there are a few reasons why loading Windows is possible (not entirely sure why you’d want to, but it’s sometimes fun doing these things just because you can).
That means your Cr-48 didn’t only ship with an incorrectly setup SSD, it’s also got something different about it’s firmware. Technically speaking, given a backup of your version of the firmware, you could load any OS you want onto a Cr-48 (and blow away everything Google put on there).
Even if you somehow managed to screw the flash up, by the way, the device should still be recoverable. There’s a read only section which should always be enough to bootstrap the device.
I guess this whole discussion then raises the question of why Google sent a CR-48 with windows 7? Was it a mistake or was it a publicity stunt? Either way It will be interesting to see how this all pans out during the coming week.
Join the discussion
If you are a developer or are just interested in finding out about how to install Windows 7 onto your CR-48 then feel free to join the discussion. Mark Tomlin took some time to catalogue the progress made so far:
Highlights of the thread thus far (as of 02/01/2011):
- Brent’s first post confirming it was him, and backing himself up.
- Brent’s post of the CPUID information & more.
- Copy of the CPUID information on this forum.
- Hexxeh’s first post about how Brent’s BIOS is a gold mine
- Hexxeh’s information on how to make the BIOS Writable.
- Dragonfli’s guide to flashing the BIOS and installing what ever OS you want.
- Dragonfli’s information about the trackpad.
- Soldierboy confirms that Dragonfli’s guide works and has flashed his BIOS.
- Dragonfli’s information about the Gobi2000
- Dragonfli’s follow up information about the Gobi2000
- MrAmazin (a PS3 hacker) sets his sights on the Cr-48 and does some coalition building.
- MrAmazin reminds us of Brent’s post for the stock BIOS.
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