Ever Wanted to Run Windows 10 on Pixelbook? Google Hears You…

Enlarge  The 12.3-inch QHD display has large bezels around it for better grip in tablet

Enlarge The 12.3-inch QHD display has large bezels around it for better grip in tablet

All of this is backed up by a story which emerged a couple of months back, with speculation that Google is working on an AltOS mode for the Pixelbook.

It feels unlikely that Google would be willing to ship a version of the Pixelbook with Windows 10 pre-loaded, but with this certification, that's something that the company would be able to do.

Apparently, evidence of Google officially working on this issue comes from developers of Chrome OS using the code-word AltOS in their documentation, along with mentions of Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK). However the starting price of £999, rising to £1,699 with bumped up specs, dampened many a HEXUS reader's desire to own this exclusively Chrome OS laptop.

There's no way to tell when or if the Pixelbook will receive Windows 10 certification.

Various hacks to do just that followed, but now it appears that an official route to get at least one third-party OS onto the Pixelbook is in the pipeline. With this hurdle passed it means the certified hardware will deliver a guaranteed level of experience, including signed, working drivers. Earlier this year there were reports of an alternative operating system being prepared for the notebook, and now XDA-Developers suggests that's Microsoft's Windows 10.

It appears Google is planning to allow its users to run Windows 10 on Chrome OS machines natively, including on its Pixelbook.

Whether Google will actually go the whole hog and release this Windows-compatible software remains to be seen, of course. The ability to dual-boot into Microsoft's OS would essentially give a Chromebook all the flexibility of your average Windows laptop - though you'd still have to buy a Windows license. Drop a comment below and let us know!

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