Google Pixelbook may receive Windows 10 certification from Microsoft

Donna Miller
June 15, 2018

It was touted by Google as a high-performance, two-in-one Chromebook, and looked very much like a premium Google device created to square off against Microsoft's Surface range.

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.

Evidence is mounting that the Google Pixelbook could natively support booting into Windows 10 hack free, perhaps even with the blessing of Microsoft. 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. That might sound like ESPN's next 30 for 30 documentary, but it also sounds like something that might become reality, reported XDA Developers. Recently, we've been seeing the possibility of running other operating systems on the Pixelbook, and it seems that Google itself is looking to get the device certified for running Windows 10. The modifications make reference to the Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and the Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK). While there had been some reports that the feature was for internal testing and wouldn't be made public, it appears now that the AltOS is Windows 10 and the feature will be made public. This suggests that Google is busy working on getting the Pixelbook to pass the certification suite provided by Microsoft. Though the OS can run on uncertified hardware, certification brings signed drivers and a certain level of stability.

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The HLK code line also specifically mentions "Eve" which is the codename for the Pixeblook.

While it's unclear exactly how the feature might work, it appears likely that you'll be able to turn on the Pixelbook and choose whether to run Chrome OS or Windows 10.

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