The reports have revealed that Google might start playing nice
with Microsoft’s OS sometime in the future by
allowing its Pixelbook to boot Windows 10. Google is
working on a rumoured “Campfire” which is an alt-OS mode and
it could allow users to dual boot Windows 10 on
The mentions of WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit)
and HLK (Windows Hardware Lab Kit) in Chromium commits had
confirmed that the AltOS mode is indeed about the Windows
The latest comments made to the same commit in Chromium Gerrit
now suggests the Pixelbook may be the only Chromebook on the
market today that would support new Campfire, or Windows 10.
There’s still a chance that the future Chromebook from other
manufacturers may support Windows 10 dual booting, but for now,
the current generation Pixelbook will only get Windows 10.
“Considering that this is and should forever remain an
Eve-specific thing, I think it would be better to attach the
custom updater higher (e.g. other boards should never even have
a reason to “preserve” anything here so this call is useless).
We will still need to change more about the Eve legacy update
flow anyway to deal with the fact that it was shipped before we
started putting cros_allow_auto_update files into CBFS, so I
think we’ll end up needing to overwrite all of
check_and_update_legacy() anyway. Why not do that right now? I
think keeping stuff cleaner for all future boards weighs higher
than the little bit of code duplication this would net us for
this one board,” a commit on Chromium Gerrit reads. It’s worth
noting that “Eve” is the codename of Google Pixelbook.
At this point, this is not much more than a rumour and
speculation. Although the search engine giant has a hardware
event in a few weeks and there’s a chance that more details
could be announced soon.
Chromebook is an Internet-based device, similar to Microsoft’s
Always Connected PCs initiation. While it doesn’t make sense to
run Windows 10 on a Chromebook, the power user could take a
Chromebook to a new level with Windows onboard. By the looks of
thing, the Pixelbook or eventually the Chromebook users will be
able to boot Windows 10 and Chrome OS at the same time.
The Alt OS / Campfire would require a minimum 40GB data storage
to run, that means around 30GB of storage will be allocated to
Windows installation and 10GB for Chrome OS. It’s not a bad
idea to allow dual-booting of Windows 10 as it would expand the
usability of Chromebooks for all users.
Thanks, Divi for the tip!