Linux Won’t Install on Chromebook? Here’s The Easiest Fix!

The latest Chrome OS 91 update introduced a nasty bug that prevented users from installing Linux on their Chromebooks. Many users are reporting that they encounter the “Chrome OS update required” error when installing Linux even though Chrome OS is on the latest version. Upon investigation, we found that the main culprit was the new DLC service, preventing Chrome OS from downloading the latest Debian Buster build in the Linux container. If you are facing the same issue and cannot install Linux on your Chromebook, follow our guide to fix it.

Linux Won’t Install on Chromebook? Find The Solution Here!

If you’re getting the “Chrome OS update required” error while installing Linux on your Chromebook, don’t worry. To fix the problem, simply change a Chrome Flag.

1. Open Chrome browser, enter chrome://flags into the address bar and press Enter.

2. Next, search for “Crostini Use DLC” and disable this Chrome flag. Again, you need to disable this flag from the dropdown and not enable it. Alternatively, you can also open chrome://flags/#crostini-use-dlc and disable the flag.

Linux Won't Install on Chromebook?  Find The Solution Here

3. In the lower right corner, “Restart” device. Click on it and your Chromebook will reboot instantly.


4. Now go ahead and install linux on your Chromebook. This time, you will not encounter the “Chrome OS update required” error. This much.

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Once your Linux setup is fixed, you can easily install Minecraft on your Chromebook.

Resolve “Chrome OS Update Required” Error During Linux Installation on Chromebook

This is how you can fix the Linux installation error on your Chromebook. I am on Chrome OS 91 stable channel and still encountered this error. However, after disabling the DLC flag, I was able to install my Crostini container without issue. So, I would advise you to follow the above-mentioned steps to fix the problem. Anyway, that’s it for us. If you’d like to explore other new features like system-wide noise cancellation in Chrome OS or the Android 11 update on your Chromebook, check out our linked articles. And if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.

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