Valve releases drivers for the system

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When Valve announced the Steam Deck, it promised that, like any computer, it would be usable with other operating systems besides SteamOS (based on Linux). The company has started to deliver on its promise with the launch of a series of drivers and a Windows 10 installation guide.

Until now it was technically possible to install a Microsoft OS on the Steam Deck, but without the proper drivers it was not recommended as it could cause failure. With the recent arrival of graphics drivers, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the console is expected to perform well, albeit with limitations.

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Valve notes that the sound driver is not ready yet. The company is working with AMD on its development, so in case of installing Windows, speakers and 3.5mm audio jack will not work. Is there an alternative? Yes, use Bluetooth or USB-C audio until driver is released later.

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Another limitation is that, at the moment, the Steam Deck will only work with Windows 10. As we have mentioned before, Windows 11 requires a TPM to work. The console has fTPM, a security solution that meets Microsoft system requirements, the problem is that for now it cannot be activated.

If we tried to install Windows 11 at this point, the wizard would detect that the requirements are not met and would not allow us to continue with the process. The good news is that Valve is working on a BIOS update so we can enable fTPM. Of course, we only know that it will come later.

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One system or another, not two. The company also notes that dual booting with SteamOS is not yet available. This means that we will have to choose between Windows 10 and SteamOS. It should be noted that dual boot it is one of the promised features and that, according to Valve, will be ready in the future, but it does not specify a date.

However, this does not mean that we cannot restore the console to the factory. If we install Windows 10 and the operating system does not convince us, we can return to SteamOS using a system recovery image available on the official page.

There are several reasons to install Windows 10 on a Steam Deck. Just to mention a few, we find the possibility of playing titles that do not work with Proton, the compatibility layer of SteamOS for Windows games. The door would also open to enjoy the catalog of services such as Game Pass for PC.

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When Valve announced the Steam Deck, it promised that, like any computer, it would be usable with other operating systems…

When Valve announced the Steam Deck, it promised that, like any computer, it would be usable with other operating systems…

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