The Steam Deck is Valve’s new handheld gaming PC equipped with a unique Linux-based operating system. Without a doubt, most people will likely go with the basic SteamOS. It is capable of running some Windows games thanks to the Proton compatibility layer. What’s more, Valve guaranteed that it is now possible to install Windows on the Steam Deck. Valve has released assistance articles and driver downloads for setting up Windows now that the console is starting to arrive to customers.
“Like any other PC, you can install different software and OSes if you’d like”, To get the best experience with Windows, you’ll need a few more drivers”, Valve shared in a community news post on Thursday. On the Steam Deck, there’s a new dedicated help page for Windows that offers Wi-Fi, graphics, Bluetooth, and audio driver downloads.
Moreover, the procedure is the same as installing Windows on any PC: create a bootable installation USB drive, connect it into the Steam Deck, power down the console, and then hold down the power and volume down buttons to get the boot menu.
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Windows 11 Support is not as good as SteamOS
Right now, there are a few caveats to Windows on the Steam Deck. Valve is still working on a BIOS upgrade to activate the Steam Deck’s TPM module. As a result, Windows 11 isn’t officially supported. Furthermore, Wi-Fi isn’t available until the driver is installed. Therefore, you’ll have to use an Ethernet USB adaptor if you need an online connection throughout the setup process. Finally, dual-booting SteamOS with Windows is currently not possible because the SteamOS installer does not enable dual-boot partitioning.
Additionally, Valve also makes it clear that a Windows installation will not receive the same level of technical support as a SteamOS installation. “We are offering these resources as-is and are regretfully unable to give ‘Windows on Deck’ support,” the company said.
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