Introduction

This guide will assume you are familiar with installing Windows on previous devices. Not all features may work perfectly in this installation. You will *not* have to flash the BIOS to achieve a Windows installation, but you will have to flash it if you want all the devices to work properly. Please see the guide on removing the write protect screw.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. Backup your data before we begin
    • Backup your data before we begin

    • You'll want to prepare a MBR bootable USB 8.1/10 drive using Rufus or the Window 10 installation tool

    • Have an external USB keyboard and mouse ready

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  2. Enable developer mode and legacy USB boot
    • Enable developer mode and legacy USB boot

    • Boot into ChromeOS

    • You'll get to the developer mode on screen. Press "ctrl" + "L" to boot into the legacy SeaBIOS

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    • Plug in your USB keyboard

    • Select the flash drive containing your Windows 10 installation

    • Boot into Windows 10

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    • Use the advanced tools to open up an elevated command prompt

    • Run diskpart and clean the storage on your SSD boot drive

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    • Reboot into the Windows installer from your USB drive

    • Click Install Now to install Windows 10

    • Select your SSD as the default install location

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    • Let Windows 10 install

    • Whenever the computer reboots. Press "ctrl" + "L" to get back to the BIOS

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    • Follow the on-screen guide to finish installing Windows

    • Wi-Fi and audio should work out of the box, but you'll still need your USB keyboard/mouse to continue with the setup

      • We'll install drivers shortly

    • Cortana will likely be really loud.

      • Plug in a pair of headphones or silence her by clicking the mute button on the bottom right of the screen.

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    • Install all of your Windows device drivers (keyboard, trackpad, touchscreen) from Coolstar's webpage

    • Note that drivers may be buggy. You might have to reinstall ChromeOS by using recovery in order to flash/re-flash the BIOS.

      • This is risky business, so only flash it if your drivers don't work out of the box and you have the technical know-how to fix it.

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Conclusion

Enjoy running Windows on your Pixel and have the satisfaction that not many have attempted this feat!

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Kevin Fessler

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Hello, have you successfully gotten the trackpad to work? Last time I heard Coolstar claimed that this wouldn't be possible.

therealpurplesound - Reply

Yup, the track-pad works (mostly) how it supposed to. I just can't post the driver since Mr. Chromebox noted that it's closed source; therefore I've decided to go solo with my work. It's definitely not impossible, just hard to figure out how to use the Intel I2C interface which drives the touchpad. I'd recommend starting your research on the official Intel datasheet for the specification and take a look at the Linux community drivers written in C for inspiration. You should check the Reddit page in case Coolstar or Mr. Chromebox has found a way to circumvent the legality issues or issued a fix of their own.

Kevin Fessler -

Hey did you end up doing this therealpurplesound? I want to do this as well but the trackpad, touchscreen, audio and other basic features that I haven't got a solid answer on stop me.

Josh Chichon -

Does it rotate when you do it?

Technopal V2.0 -

Hi, in a comment above you mention that the touchpad / trackpad mostly works as it's supposed to , but for reasons you cannot link it, can you elaborate on this? Is there a public solution as I am a bit confused and wish to gather more information before going forward.

I just wish to understand if the Pixel 2013 will work (keyboard, touchpad, touchscreen, etc) under Windows 10 as a normal functioning laptop.

Thank you.

Josh Chichon - Reply

The Pixel will function as a normal laptop. The addition of peripherals such as a USB mouse will greatly help aid your use of the laptop in Windows. The driver that I was able to create was (and still is) buggy. I have since sold my Pixel laptop a month ago and discontinued development. Mr. Chromebox, various others in the Reddit community recognize that by releasing a public driver without the consent of Intel might spell trouble. So no such driver will be released for the original Pixel system architecture.

Kevin Fessler -

Can you add in a video to ease our understanding? Thx in advance :)

adimas hanindika - Reply

No response from the author to my own comment, I'm assuming he doesn't check this any more.

The real question at the end of the day is what does work and what doesn't, have you been able to find any more information and / or guides related to this?

Josh Chichon -

@ adimas hanindika -> No video (I have since sold my laptop). However, you are welcome to make your own and link it in the iFixit description :)

I do check the posts that you guys leave, I'm just not active in responding to them since I don't contribute to iFixit as much as I used to. I made a post on the Chromebook Reddit page a few months ago listing what does and doesn't work. One of the things that doesn't work without the drivers are the trackpad and touchscreen. You'd need to learn I2C interfacing via the Intel iGPU and unfortunately that information isn't really public (I think?) This is one of the reasons why Coolstar hasn't been able to make it work.

Kevin Fessler -

I definitely miss working on the Pixel, but the thing just gets way too hot and the battery life is abysmal.

Kevin Fessler -

I'm here out of desperation. I really want to see the touchpad/touchscreen working on this thing before it is completely obsolete. I don't know how to write drivers at all, so is there anyway I could talk to you to see if you could maybe help me out with it?

My UN on reddit is “koreanoverlord", please just reach out to me cause you are the only person I have found to get it to work.

koreanoverlord - Reply

So you want to convert a ChromeOS device into a Windows device that is buggy as !&&*? Why would anyone do that? Why did you guys not just purchase a Windows laptop to begin with? The Pixel is less than a year old. It is not like you want to re purpose a years old laptop now.

jamalnasir_2000 - Reply

The pixlebook is aesthetically pleasing and may be very attractive for pixel phone users. The thing is, ChromeOS is still a sub par OS for a laptop with this feature set. Had Google released this laptop with a W10 option, im sure it would be much more popular. but its now relegated to stylish nerds who want a pixelbook with W10. nothing that is availible for the ChromeOS will ever fully utilize the power of the hardware specs it has. it might at well have an Armscor or Snapdragon chip in it. Having a properly functioning W10 on this notebook would drastically open up its usability. but its basically all locked behind a useless OS. If the product wasn’t so damned attractive, nobody would care. So the nerds have to figure it out so we can debug using W10 on this machine. at least until google wisens up and either make ChromeOS compatible with windows apps and totally refines the interface, or gives future pixelbooks a windows option.

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