What you should know
- Many customers wish to convert their Steam Deck into a portable Windows device, according to Valve.
- Right now, it features WiFi, GPU, and Bluetooth drivers that are specifically designed to help you get the most out of your Windows-on-Deck experience.
- Audio drivers are not currently available, but they will be soon.
Valve understands that placing Windows on Steam Deck is a top goal for many customers, and it’s eager to assist them. As a result, Windows drivers can now be downloaded.
Three types of drivers are currently available: WiFi, GPU, and Bluetooth. According to Valve, audio drivers are still in the works but will be released soon. “Speakers and the 3.5mm audio port will not provide audio,” because they aren’t yet available. That means you’ll have to rely on USB-C or Bluetooth for audio until AMD and the rest of the team finish working on the drivers.
Here’s what Valve has to say about the condition of dual-booting: “While Steam Deck supports dual-booting, the Steam OS installer, which includes a dual-boot wizard, isn’t yet ready. When SteamOS 3 is finished, this will be released alongside it.” That means you’ll have to clean your Deck for the time being if you want Windows. Furthermore, only the installation of Windows 10 is now supported. Decks will be more compatible with Windows 11 after a BIOS upgrade, but for now, you’ll have to make do with Microsoft’s second-newest operating system.
If you’re wondering where you can get the aforementioned Deck drivers, the solution is right here at Valve. That link will lead you to a website that contains links to each driver.
In the case that you try to install Windows on your Deck and it fails, Valve has recovery steps accessible.