In the past with Intel-powered Macs, it was possible to dual boot Windows using bootcamp and now a developer has developed a similar solution to dual boot Windows on Chromebooks. This really seems simple given that most Chromebooks are nearly identical to their Windows counterparts save for the OS running on them.
Reddit user coolstarorg detailed how three models of Chromebooks are currently capable and tested running both Windows 11 and Chrome OS, the HP Chromebook 14b, HP Chromebook Pro 645 Enterprise, and Lenovo Yoga C13. Additionally, they detail how the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 could be supported with a little extra effort. Currently the one thing that limits some Chromebooks from running Windows is the requirement that they must have an SSD installed instead of the low cost eMMC storage. The features that currently work are listed below:
- Windows Boots
- NVMe SSD is bootable and functional
- Keyboard Backlight
- Trackpad (Elan verified, Synaptics has drivers available that should work)
- Touch screen (HID and Elan have drivers available)
- Graphics Acceleration
- HDMI and USB-C video output
- Brightness Control
- Sleep/Wake and Power management
- Audio (Speakers, Headphones, Microphones)
- WiFi + Bluetooth
- USB-A and USB-C ports
- SD Card Slot
One of the features that is not in the above list is if you dual boot Windows onto a Chromebook, you won’t be able to use the built-in fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello. Want to know more, follow the how-to guide here.