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Can Google Pixelbook Really Run… Windows?

written by Dominic Gomez June 17, 2018
Google PixelBook on a desk

In this writer’s humble opinion, the Google Pixelbook is, well, a bit overpriced. Don’t get me wrong; the hardware itself is gorgeous and it flies through just about everything you can put through it. My problem really lies in the fact that it’s roughly $1,000 and can run very limited software. The specs suggest otherwise; it’s the OS that’s holding it back. Chromebooks do have a purpose. As a matter of fact, I’ve been looking for one with as good of a keyboard as the Pixelbook. It would be great for writing. If I’m going to spend that much on a laptop, it had better be able to handle just about anything I can throw at it. Chrome OS just can’t do that.

The Good Part

The group of geniuses over at XDA may have stumbled upon the answer to my prayers. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that serious, but you get the point. Don’t worry, the pictures below will be explained, with the help of XDA.

PixelBook code chat

PixelBook code for Windows 10

Mentions of WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) and HLK (Windows Hardware Lab Kit) confirm that this won’t be a hack job and that Google is working on getting the Google Pixelbook to pass the certification suite provided by Microsoft.

To add a little more context to this, Eve is Google’s codename for the Pixelbook. Both of these pictures point to the fact that Google has their developers working on this.

What Does It Mean?

Plain and simple, if everything works out with this, you will be able to dual boot Windows on your Pixelbook. You coilc possibly even boot solely into Windows, although I don’t know why you would want to get rid of Chrome OS completely. If you dual boot, you will still have the ability to run Android apps, but will also be able to run everything that needs Windows.

If I need to write an article, surf the web, or take in some streaming videos, boom Chrome OS. It’s very quick and to be honest, for the majority of things most of us do, it is perfect. On the other hand, if I need to edit video and want to open up DaVinci Resolve, BOOM Windows! There are other examples, but you get the point.

The Bad?

There could be multiple hiccups with this, but the first and biggest one that comes to mind for me is security. One of the bigger selling points for the Pixelbook is the fact that it is very secure. I’m not trying to be a jerk, but Windows just isn’t. Would dual booting Windows compromise the security of Chrome OS? Time will tell.

Pixelbook Thoughts

Security worries aside, this can be amazing. The hardware of the Pixelbook is second to none in my mind. The main thing holding me back is I still need a Windows machine to take care of my heavy lifting. If it would be able to dual boot, that may be enough to make me pull the trigger.

What are your thoughts? Would the ability to boot to Windows on a Pixelbook make you buy one? Let us know in the comments!

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