@John van Dongen's answer: Although removing SMDs can be relatively simple, resoldering connections for a replacement SMD is very difficult. All of the connections do need to be resoldered. This is not a "trick", hardly any customers want to take the machine totally apart and do their own soldering, which is risky in the best circumstances. “Although, these components are not necessarily replaceable. This is just a myth, in order for the customer to buy a new Chromebook.” HUH?!?! It’s true the components are not necessarily replaceable. One of the obvious reasons not to desolder. How is that a myth? Does “myth” apply to something else? Does the writer understand what the English word means? “The whole re-work procedure should take no-longer than 5-minutes to complete” HECK NO! It should take less than five minutes to desolder then decide to throw it out, because you’ve broke it beyond reasonable repair. and what’s with all the dashes? Who puts a dash in “you-tube”. Somebody whose more familiar with Kanji...
Windows 7 or 8 is possible, Linux and even Android is possible! Windows 10 might be possible with advanced skills, but not for us mere mortals, without lots and lots of time. I already answered this question almost a year and a half ago, and what I said then is still the case. (the possibilities for Android is sorta new) The hard drive on almost all Chromebooks is too small. This is likely on purpose because Google doesn’t want people to put Windows 10 on Chromebooks! If you ARE NOT prepared to learn firmware, a little about hardware and even programming (scripting) it’s not going to work for you.
Generally hardware hacking works when generic, commodity hardware is used for single purpose (ie SIM cards for ebook downloading). On the Kindle this is custom hardware. It very specifically avoids competition with smart phone and tablet manufacturers and Whispernet with cell signal providers, yet still provides unlimited, forever book downloading. Basically for Amazon's custom variations on PDF files. Rab77hp provides the hardware answer for this, but I wanted to provide the “design” rational. This business model has to defeat any hardware hacking absolutely. My first thought when these came out was: how could I hack it to get free, unlimited texting usage? Kinda the mirror image what you're hoping to do. Neither be done, at least not without spending much more money and time than buying a new smartphone or tablet and paying for a cell signal provider.
For technical information https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os "From MRChromebox.tech ChromeOS Device Firmware The firmware used by ChromeOS devices is built around serveral open-source projects, and consists (mainly) of a hardware init component (coreboot) and one or more payloads (depthcharge for Verified Boot and ChromeOS, SeaBIOS for Legacy Boot Mode) which are subsequently executed. The firmware resides on an SPI flash chip… The shaded sections at the bottom are read-only, which is enforced by the firmware write-protect screw on the main board" Actually on this model, I believe there’s a switch under a panel on the side to get into Developer Mode. This will also erase the SSD. Also Chrome OS partition layout is crazy, with about a dozen partitions. It only gets more complicated from there. Have you looked into Crouton?
Get into Developer Mode as described in https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/samsung-series-5-chromebook Download firmware from MrChromebox.tech. There’s more instructions there and elsewhere on the web, even another site or two for the boot firmware. (try Github) But I’m going to stop there, because the solid state drive is far too small to do anything useful with Win10, or nearly any other operating system. It’s painfully slow and buggy. You might try Gallium linux, or Chromium (the open source version of ChromeOS), but still… this is mainly learning exercise, and a bigger hazard than bricking, because; Yes, its doable, but the results are disappointing. Fortunately this Chromebook is cheap enough compared other notebooks that you might want to try it, but don’t expect premium online games to work.