Lightweight operating system ChromeOS Flex, review of which we did at the beginning of the year, was developed to extend the life cycle of old computers and laptops with Windows, as well as with macOS. Today, Google company has already certified 295 such machines and continues to do so to increase the list of models with full support for all functions.

The difference between ChromeOS and the Flex version may seem too little to the user, but it is fundamental. ChromeOS Lite provides access to the Chrome browser-based operating system interface and web applications but lacks the same level of security, encryption, and automatic BIOS or UEFI updates.

In addition, ChromeOS Flex does not support Android applications and the Google Play store, it does not run Parallels Desktop, and it will not be possible to run Windows in a virtual machine.

Most Google-certified devices should run all the basic functions without any problems, so if you find your computer or laptop on the list, you can try to give it a second life by downloading ChromeOS Flex at this link.