Google Bringing Dual-Boot Support To Chromebooks, Will Run Windows 10
Google is reported working on a mysterious project to bring Windows 10 support to Chromebooks.
First off, what is Dual-booting? It means having two operating systems on the same computer.
Called Campfire, the project was formerly expected to be available for only the Pixelbook, however, the latest source code has revealed that the feature would support multiple Chrome OS devices. XDA Developers, whoâ€™ve been keeping tab on this feature, reports that Campfire may be quite similar to Appleâ€™s Boot Camp feature.
This feature is currently in its embryonic stage of development and itâ€™s difficult to determine what devices it will support, but mentions of â€œmultiple campfire variantsâ€ have been found on the Chromium Git. This means not all but several Chrome OS-powered devices, which verify and configure their machines for Windows 10 support, will get this feature.
What Is The Required Space For My Chromebook To Get It?
This upcoming feature is said to take up a lot of space, as suggested by the source code suggests that the minimum storage requirement will be 40GB. This means several budget Chromebooks wonâ€™t support it, where 30GB is required by Windows and 10GB is reserved for Chrome OS.
How To Enable The Dual Boot?
The highlight of Campfire is that it will be simple to use. You wonâ€™t need to enable the developer mode or jump through a lot of hoops to get Windows 10 running on your PC. Instead, all you will need to do is type a command â€œ[alt_os enable]â€ to dual-boot and be able to access the secondary desktop OS.
The addition to this feature could come as a huge delight for Chromebook owners, who would soon be able to jump ship to Windows 10 on the same device. If you thought you were stuck with Chrome OS forever, then think twice as dual-boot will make it so much easier for users, like you and me, to carry out intensive tasks on our Chromebooks itself.
There is currently no word on when this feature will debut but I donâ€™t have hopes of the Campfire being shown at the Google Pixel 3 launch event later in October.