I always maintain that Chrome OS is sufficient for most average users and can be set up as easily as an Android or Apple smartphone to a certain extent. The only question is: what is the best way to get started with Chrome OS?
Since I’m targeting people with different levels of prior knowledge and aspirations with this blog, that’s not answered in one sentence.
Here, I want to give you an overview of how to proceed.
Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.
Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional
If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂
Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.
Do you want to have more professional content on a topic? Add it to the comments 😉
Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!
Test Chrome OS first?
You might want to test Chrome OS first before you get started.
The easiest option is to borrow a device running Chrome OS from family or acquaintances and test it at your leisure. You can log in with a Google account or as a guest (limited), and you’re good to go. If you’re a computer novice and already own an Android smartphone with a Google account, this is the optimal case! But what if that isn’t possible for you?
Of course, there are devices in stores like Best Buy or Mediamarkt (EU) that you can look at but only test to a limited extent. I can recommend that for a first look. However, cheap devices can spoil the impression if everything reacts slowly. Don’t let that put you off. There are reasonable-priced devices where this is not the case.
O. K., what is, if that’s not enough for you to evaluate Chrome OS?
I wrote a series about this which describes some scenarios: Renting devices, Chrome OS on a cheap “USB stick” and inexpensive devices like some Chromebooks, “Chrome OS Tablets,” ”Chromeboxes,” or, if you know some stuff, as a virtual machine. You see, there are a few options.
If you prefer not to spend a lot of time on this and want to get started right away, you can find my article on where to purchase Chrome OS devices like Chromebooks here: Link.
Are you a computer novice?
Don’t let terms like virtual machines and co scare you away. There is a lot of content for novices on my blog. 😉
It’s impossible to provide you with enough knowledge to explain many use cases from everyday handling in a single article.
What I can do, however, is to give you a small overview of how to get started.
If you want to learn more, here’s how to get started with Chrome OS as a computer novice user.
Are you switching from another operating system?
O. K., in this case, we’re talking about switching to Chrome OS or using it alongside other operating systems.
There you will find everything you need to get started according to your origin. 🙂
Are you an advanced computer user?
Chrome OS is easy to learn. If you’ve been using Windows or macOS for a while, you’ll quickly get the hang of it. 🙂
Of course, the design, and layout of the user interface are different, but you should be able to internalize the basic functionality quickly.
Every day things are done quickly with it. You can find an introduction from your point of view here: Link.
Are you a computer professional?
In that case, I do not doubt at all that you can get started with Chrome OS right away and quickly, too. 😉
With a bit of intuition, you’ll have a handle on the system right away!
You might find the system very limited, but that can also have advantages when you have everything you need right away and no frills are going on. However, from the perspective of available applications and apps, a lot is possible! You can cover almost all use cases, but I don’t want to go into details here.
I have put an article about the first steps from a professional’s perspective here: Link.
More as always on the blog.
Words in italics may be registered trademarks or companies! Examples: Google, YouTube, and Android. Or they are technical terms from the IT world, which are described in various locations in the blog.