How to Restore Chrome OS

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For Chromebook owners, the vast majority of your files are kept in the cloud. If your laptop hardware fails, you can rest assured that everything is ready to be re-downloaded. But if your copy of Chrome OS stops working, then you've got a whole different problem. Luckily, you can backup your Chrome OS, so if your notebook encounters an issue, you can restore it and get back to work.

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Here's how to restore Chrome OS:

Making a Recovery Image

1. Install Chromebook Media Recovery on your notebook.

2. Open the utility and click Get Started.

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3. Enter your model number and click Continue.

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4. Insert a flash drive or SD card. It must be at least 4GB, and any existing content that's on it will be erased.

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5. Click Create Now.

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6. Wait until it's done and click Continue to complete the process.

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Restoring Chrome OS

1. Hold Escape + Refresh on the keyboard, then press the power button.

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2. Connect the recovery drive when prompted.

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3. Wait while the notebook restores Chrome OS.

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4. Remove the recovery media when prompted to restart the Chromebook.

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Andrew E. Freedman
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Andrew joined Laptopmag.com in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.
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