Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Pixelbook May Get Microsoft Windows 10 Certification

Google Pixelbook May Get Microsoft Windows 10 Certification

The HLK specifically is mentioned in association with "Eve", the Pixelbook's development codename.

What's next: Given all the recurring mentions of Alt OS and Windows, it seems it's only a matter of time until Chromebooks, or at least Pixelbooks, are able to run windows.

In an odd twist, the folks over at XDA Developers this week discovered some code inside Chrome OS that suggests that Google's Pixelbook could natively boot both Chrome OS and Windows 10. The modifications make reference to the Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and the Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK).

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.

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The HLK is used as part of Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility Program to certify hardware can ship with Windows. Though the OS can run on uncertified hardware, certification brings signed drivers and a certain level of stability.

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.

The ability to boot into Windows on a good Chrome OS device like the Google Pixelbook may come as good news for users who want native apps that do not yet run on the Web. 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. This could allow for a second OS to be installed on the Chromebook.

There's no shortage of premium flagship Windows 10 2-in-1 devices these days, and consumers can easily go out and buy one from many different manufacturers. Drop a comment below and let us know!

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