Install Guide

Technical Details

My Neverware Portal (paid customers only)

The user portal is a single point for management of all things CloudReady.  You can use the portal to revoke in-use licenses that you are no longer using, view the hardware details of your CloudReady fleet, and download your unique CloudReady image if you need to expand or reinstall.  If you haven't received your login credentials via email, please email to request access to the user portal.

Minimum RAM Requirements

Due to performance limitations, only machines with 2 GB RAM or more are certified for use with CloudReady. Even if a machine is certified for use with CloudReady, it must have 2 GB RAM to to be officially supported.

General Hardware Recommendations

RAM: 2GB or greater

Storage space: 16GB or more

BIOS: Full administrative access, in order to boot from the CloudReady USB installer

Process and Graphics: Components made prior to 2007 will likely result in a poor experience. Additionally, the following graphics hardware does not meet performance standards on CloudReady: Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, 3650

Dual-boot Requirements

Only models highlighted on our Certified Hardware list as  “Dual-boot Certified” are officially supported by Neverware to dual boot with CloudReady.  At this time, operating systems other than Windows are not supported for dual-boot with CloudReady.  Dual-boot computers must have:

1.  The ability to use UEFI boot mode.

2.  A preexisting UEFI-mode installation of Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10.  Click here for instructions on verifying whether Windows is installed in UEFI mode.  

3.  At least 32 GB of available free space in the main Windows partition you want to dual-boot with.

4.  Before performing a dual-boot installation of CloudReady, you must make the following changes to your Windows installation:

  • Turn OFF “Fast Startup” (in Windows 8 or later) by visiting “Control Panel > Power Options > Choose what the power button does > Fast Startup”
  • Turn OFF any encryption
  • Disable hibernation

If your Windows installation is in legacy mode, but your machine supports UEFI, it will be necessary to reinstall Windows in UEFI mode in order to dual-boot with CloudReady. 

At this time, Neverware only supports dual-booting CloudReady alongside Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. We encourage users of sufficient technical ability to experiment with unsupported configurations of CloudReady, but note that your data may be at risk of accidental erasure and Neverware will be unable to assist with any issues faced in the process.

Enrollment Notes

Google recommends that you attach CloudReady machines and Chromebooks to an open or unrestricted network during setup, in order to allow you to enroll your devices in the Google Admin Console.  Please keep the following factors in mind when enrolling CloudReady machines:

  • Like Chromebooks, you can only enroll prior to the first login after installation.  If you have already logged in, you will need to reinstall CloudReady to allow enrollment.
  • You can only enroll if your organization already uses Google Apps or the Google Admin Console.  Google Apps is free for schools and non-profits, but carries a subscription cost for businesses and government institutions. 
  • Chrome Management Licenses are sold separately from CloudReady.  You can purchase them from Neverware, or from another Google re-seller of your choice.  If you do not enroll your CloudReady devices, you will be unable to manage updates, restrict user access to machines, or set up secure kiosk mode.  

Possible enrollment errors:

"You do not have sufficient privileges" - Verify that the Google user with which you are enrolling has the correct permissions.  Make sure that the user is in the correct OU in the Google Admin Console. 

"You do not have enough licenses" - Verify that you have purchased sufficient Google Device Management Licenses to cover your CloudReady machines.  

For other errors, try reinstalling CloudReady and enrolling again.  If enrollment still fails, please contact CloudReady support.

Admin Notes
  •  CloudReady licenses are assigned according to a “Hardware ID” comprised of the computer’s ethernet MAC address and the word “CloudReady.” This Hardware ID appears in the top-right corner of your CloudReady login screen.  Enrolled devices will show up in your Google Management Console under this name.  For example: “CloudReady-AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF.”  You can use for easy asset management and transfer of CloudReady licenses.

  • CloudReady licenses are completely transferable, so you can move them from device to device if a piece of hardware breaks.  Simply click "disassociate" next to the corresponding computer in the user portal.  

  • CloudReady software updates work similarly to Chromebooks, but come out 4-6 weeks later to ensure stability and security.

  • CloudReady is most easily installed via USB, but for larger deployments it may be possible to use a mass deployment or network deployment tool. Contact our support team for more information.

  • If you have an issue with a CloudReady machine and contact support, please have your Hardware ID and Site ID ready.  You can see this information in the top right-hand corner of a CloudReady machine's login screen. This information will help our support team quickly diagnose your problem.
Network and Proxy Settings

As with wireless network settings, Google recommends you attach to an open or unrestricted network during setup in order to allow smooth enrollment in the Google Management Console. Once enrolled, your device should automatically download proxy settings, network passwords, and other security settings that will make it easier for you to use your CloudReady device.

  • If you do not have an open or unrestricted network available to you and your organization requires a proxy for network access, consider connecting to a cell phone WiFi hotspot for enrollment.
  • Set up a proxy manually by clicking “Proxy” in the networking section of the system tray.