Reinstall Chromebook with a USB Flash Drive


o reinstall Chrome OS using a USB flash drive, you must have a PC with internet access and a 4GB or larger USB flash drive. To create your USB flash drive, visit our Create a USB Recovery Flash Drive for your Chromebook article.

Use the following steps to reinstall your Chrome OS with a USB Recovery Flash Drive.

  1. Press and hold the Esc key and refresh (F3) key and then press the power button to turn on the Chromebook.
  2. The Chromebook will boot to Developer Mode. Insert your Chromebook USB recovery flash drive.
  3. The integrity of the recovery media is verified, then the system is recovered from the USB flash drive. This process takes about 10 minutes to complete.
  4. Once the system recovery is complete, unplug the USB flash drive.
  5. The Chromebook will restart automatically.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions on the Welcome! screen.

Your Chromebook is now back to factory default settings.


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