Windows 10 Can Now Be Installed on Valve’s Steam Deck

Posted on March 11, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Games, PC gaming, Hardware, Windows 10 with 8 Comments

Valve has released the first Windows drivers for its new Steam Deck handheld gaming PC, which will allow early-enthusiast to replace Valve’s SteamOS with Windows 10. Despite its handheld form factor, the Steam Deck uses standard PC components making it possible to install Windows 10, though doing so now with these first drivers comes with some caveats.

The first limitation Valve highlighted is that it’s currently not possible to dual-boot SteamOS and Windows 10 on the Steam Deck, meaning that installing Windows 10 will erase the latter. “While Steam Deck is fully capable of dual-boot, the SteamOS installer that provides a dual-boot wizard isn’t ready yet,” the company said.

The second important limitation with these first Windows drivers is that audio isn’t fully supported yet. “Drivers are provided for GPU, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Audio drivers are still in the works with AMD and other parties – but you’ll still be able to use Bluetooth or USB-C audio with Windows on Deck,” the announcement post reads.

Valve is also working on a new BIOS with TPM support that will make it possible to install Windows 11 on the Steam Deck. However, it’s important to note that the company won’t offer technical support to users who decide to install Windows on the Steam Deck. Enthusiasts encountering any issues with the installation of Windows 10 are invited to follow recovery instructions on this page.

The Steam Deck currently supports a growing list of Deck verified Steam games, but many popular games such as Destiny 2 or Halo: MCC aren’t currently supported. Valve is still in the process of reviewing the entire Steam catalog on Deck, but the ability to dual-boot Windows should open up many more possibilities for PC gamers, including the ability to access PC Game Pass games on the handheld device.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Windows 10 Can Now Be Installed on Valve’s Steam Deck”

  1. kcarson97404

    If I installed Windows, would I them be able to play XBox cloud games on the Steam Deck? That would convince me to buy a Steam Deck.

    • spacein_vader

      Yes, but valve won't support it officially

    • LocalPCGuy

      Not really since no apps run at this time. Maybe someday. The achievement was that Windows 10 for ARM installed at all on the Steam Deck.

      • davidjhupp

        The Steam Deck has an x86-64 AMD processor, so it runs normal x86-64 Windows, not Windows for ARM. It should run basically any x86 game perfectly fine.

        That said, Xbox cloud games don’t require any specific local platform, since they run remotely and stream to any compatible web browser (or dedicated client app), so presumably you can already stream Xbox cloud games to either SteamOS or Windows on the Steam Deck.

        • LocalPCGuy

          Thanks for pointing out my ARM cpu error. I should have looked into that it was before assuming the processor was ARM instead of AMD.

  2. crunchyfrog

    Although the Steam Deck can run Windows, this really defeats its purpose and would almost make it a pointless purchase.

  3. mike2thel73

    I wonder what realistic battery life is going to be.

    • mike2thel73

      And when is windows 11 support coming? I know I know….baby steps (win 10 first) but if there is no plans for windows 11 I might not be interested.