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  • Google has announced Chrome OS Flex, which is an easy way to turn your existing computer into a Chrome OS machine.
  • You can boot the OS from a USB stick or replace your machine’s current operating system.
  • Google is pushing this as a green way to reutilize older machines. It enters early access today.

A lot of us have an old laptop collecting dust in a closet somewhere. It probably boots really slowly, has outdated software, or just plain doesn’t work. If only there were a way to repurpose that machine into something useful instead of taking it to a landfill!

Enter Chrome OS Flex, a new software system from Google. You can use it to install Chrome OS on Windows- or Mac-based machines. It essentially turns your laptop, PC, or Mac into a Chromebook or Chromebox for free.