Remember all of those computers and motherboards shipped with some variant of an “instant-on OS”? The concept was developed because a lot of people felt that Microsoft’s Windows OS took too long to boot, so an optional quick-booting Linux distro was pre-installed. The problem, however, is that they’re all terrible.
If you use ExpressGate, which is ASUS’ implementation of the concept, there’s now a solution that actually makes the idea interesting and useful: replacing the clumsy, non-updateable, non-app-installable built-in OS gets pulled off and replaced with a version of Google’s Chrome operating system. Chrome will allow users to easily install apps and webapps, and dramatically increase the functionality of the software.
You’ll need the following supplies to get started:
- Windows Installation
- Express Gate must already be installed. Look it up on your computer’s support site for the download or google it.
- GParted or a linux distribution / live cd that has GParted.
- Chromium OS Image
- Windows Image Writer
- Flash Drive or some sort of flash media
The steps should work for any setup that uses the same company’s software (known as ExpressGate on ASUS, it goes by a number of names). To figure out the rest of process, check out this blog post that walks you through the whole procedure. Soon, you’ll be hitting that Instant-On button and playing Angry Birds on Chrome in just seconds flat!