I'm replacing (trying) Chrome OS on Chromebook w/Windows 10

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    Windows 10 21H1
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    I'm replacing (trying) Chrome OS on Chromebook w/Windows 10


    Note: I need to do a couple of things away from my puter, but I will be back. It's been so great meeting some people already this a.m.!

    I've listed as much info as I can on my profile, but chromebook 3, I could not find the motherboard info, or much of the other info on your list.

    I listed my PC info, Windows 10, that's a breeze, and one reason I want to get rid of Chrome OS, without getting rid of the tablet, and spending more on a Windows tablet.

    So I've been using your tutorial which I believe is absolutely trustworthy but on my end, I continually ran into a roadblocks (see attached photo please). I think I'll start from scratch because it's overwhelming to explain all I've tried.

    First, I'll just ask if I will be able to replace Chrome OS with Windows 10?

    Second, where can I download what I need to make a bootable USB Device (I have a thumb drive, and an SD Card)?

    Here is the snip I took of the error message I got each of the 3 times I failed to create the tool. No issue downloading the Media Tool exe file, just went all the way to 100% and then gave the error below. Thanks in advance for any help:

    I'm replacing (trying) Chrome OS on Chromebook w/Windows 10-capture.png
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  2. Posts : 56,113
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #2

    Found this article on HTG (How-to-Geek), one of my go-to sites. Explains the how-tos, and gotchas. May not be real straight forward, if possible at all. Some tricky maneuvers involved.

    How to Install Windows on a Chromebook

    Far as you and the MCT, this is an excerpt from the article:

    "And you’ll need a PC running Windows to create the USB installation media for your Chromebook."

    Others may well have simpler methods, or have successfully done it. This is just for starters.
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  3. Posts : 226
    Windows 10 21H1
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    f14tomcat said:
    Found this article on HTG (How-to-Geek), one of my go-to sites. Explains the how-tos, and gotchas. May not be real straight forward, if possible at all. Some tricky maneuvers involved.

    How to Install Windows on a Chromebook

    Far as you and the MCT, this is an excerpt from the article:

    "And you’ll need a PC running Windows to create the USB installation media for your Chromebook."

    Others may well have simpler methods, or have successfully done it. This is just for starters.
    Thank you tomcat, I think I have all the proper requirements, that is what is stumping me most. There seems to be no answer in my search for that particular error message. If I knew why I can't install the MCT, that would save me a lot of further "fails to install" I think.

    I'll keep searching, and keep my eyes on the forum here, and my alerts for possible "fixes" for me :)

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    Oh wow, just found this on the forum:

    Media Creation Tool v1903 Error 0x80042405-0xA001B
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  4. Posts : 245
    W10 Home Version 21H1 Build 19043.1055
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    f14tomcat said:
    Found this article on HTG (How-to-Geek), one of my go-to sites. Explains the how-tos, and gotchas. May not be real straight forward, if possible at all. Some tricky maneuvers involved.

    How to Install Windows on a Chromebook

    Far as you and the MCT, this is an excerpt from the article:

    "And you’ll need a PC running Windows to create the USB installation media for your Chromebook."

    Others may well have simpler methods, or have successfully done it. This is just for starters.
    I'd second f14tc's caution.
    I've been keeping tabs on Chrome OS/Chromebooks since they came out and installing Windows on them -whilst theoretically possible- is riddled with practical gotchas. Good Luck!
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  5. Posts : 226
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter
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    I'm a Windows Gal for sure, especially after buying the CB because my sis got one for Christmas and she is helpless pretty much, when it comes to anything tekkie. Long story, but her kids thought they were giving her a good thing. And to some, to be fair I think a CB can be a good thing, just not for me

    I've found a lot of those "gotchas" already, but I'm a diehard about giving up. But I will just before the edge
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  6. Posts : 245
    W10 Home Version 21H1 Build 19043.1055
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    Chuwi did a commercially available dual boot Windows 10/Android tablet, so it might be worth reading up on that if you get stuck to see how they did it, custom BIOS would be my guess...
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Goldengirl52 said:
    Here is the snip I took of the error message I got each of the 3 times I failed to create the tool. No issue downloading the Media Tool exe file, just went all the way to 100% and then gave the error below. Thanks in advance for any help:

    I'm replacing (trying) Chrome OS on Chromebook w/Windows 10-capture.png

    Not quite the same error code, but it may be the same cause. The error 0x80042405 - 0xa001a is usually due to the USB you asked the MCT to use having a GPT partition layout, the MCT expects it to be an MBR partition and cannot cope with GPT. The fix is to first convert the USB to MBR using DISKPART or MiniTool Partition Wizard.

    Bree said:
    I have now confirmed that the Media Creation Tool fails with error code 0x80004005 - 0xA001A if the USB you ask it to use has a gpt partition.



    After failure, the USB is left 'unalocated'. You can create a new simple volume using Disk Management to make it accessible again but, critically, its is STILL using a gpt partition layout. Only DISKPART or a tool like MiniTool Partition Wizard can make it MBR again.
    USB flash drive --assign drive letter back to dynamic from static
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  8. Posts : 226
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter
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    Hi Bree, I don't know what that last line means "..assign drive letter back to dynamic from static." Is that something that will show up in the Command Prompt? As a choice I mean?

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    Ok, this is bringing back the memories now. I did work with the diskpart, and what stopped me was I could not get an ISO file downloaded to my PC. Here is the link and instruction on doing that. Download Windows 10 ISO File
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  9. Posts : 56,113
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
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    Might want to give option #3 a try. Uses a little trick with the Edge browser, on a machine that is running Windows 10, not the Chromebook. Download the ISO, mount it (open with Explorer), go to My PC, open the mounted drive, and copy the contents to a Fat32 formatted thumb, 8GB is enough.

    Download Windows 10 ISO File
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  10. Posts : 226
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter
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    My Flash Drive isn't even showing up now in Disk Management Tom. I tried it in both "front" USBs. I think I blew it up. I have an SD Card but I don't know. I'll come back after I take a break. It will be easier to buy a new tablet after all I am thinking
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