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I have a friend who brought me a Chromebook laptop. It uses Amazon. Boots straight to a screen for signing into the internet. No Operating system like Microsoft or Linex. It also has no function keys on the laptop itself. And, when you start the bootup process, it has no screen where you can get to the BIOS to change the boot order where you can boot up from a Windows CD to format the HD, and install a normal OS.

Is there another way to do this? It has USB ports on it. If I were to get a USB CD drive, would that allow it to boot up with the CD over whatever OS Shell they have on this Chromebook? Or, is there something else I need to do to fix this problem. I'm an A+ Tech, but I have never run into this situation before.
 

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It's a very nice little laptop. She has 2. She wanted to take the app that's on it now off, and put Windows on, if she could get a cheap copy of it. I told her she could always go with linux if she wanted to. Then, I looked at the laptop she brought me. There's no function keys, and it doesn't come up to a screen where I can get to the BIOS to change the boot order. I figured it didn't have a lot of RAM, and was wondering about the HD. Thanx. guys
It is not an app, it is ChromeOS, and operating system, and it is based on the Linux kernel, just like Debian, RH, Slackware, Ubuntu, etc...

To change boot order or get a command prompt you'll need to go into developer mode. ESC + F3 + power button at the same time will get you there (if memory servers me right), but I wouldn't recommend it if you don't know what you are doing.

What is it you want to do with the laptop? What is in Windows that you need that you think you can't do in a Chromebook??
 
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What is it you want to do with the laptop? What is in Windows that you need that you think you can't do in a Chromebook??
For me it’s just the system support of many client side programs. One that was huge for me was Evernote. The desktop version of this software far exceeds what online only can. I don’t think it’s impossible for them to make an online only version comparable but if that market share isn’t big enough it just won’t get the needed attention. I’m sure there are many apps that weigh this similarly.

but as I’ve stated, I love my chrome book. It just couldn’t be my only option at this point.
 

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"Laptop" simply refers to the design, i.e., it sits on top of your lap, originally designed for field work. The design has been around even before Windows became an OS. Windows (or any OS for that matter) doesn't make a computer a "PC", a "desktop", or a "laptop".
 

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