How to Install Windows 10 and 11 on a Steam Deck

How to Install Windows 10 and 11 on a Steam Deck. So far Valve Steam Deck has turned out to be successful for users that want to commute on the train for jobs and family, with the ability to make use of their steam library on the go being very enticing.

How to Install Windows 10 and 11 on a Steam Deck

However, there is a new update that has been released that enables users to install windows 10 and windows 11 on the console, which would enable users to make use of other apps on the Deck, and not just steam games.

Yet this is not as easy as expected. It is not easy to get lost in the steps needed to get windows onto the handheld, which is why we have put together this guide to aid you.

What you Need

Doing this does not ask for much, all you need include:

  • Micro SD
  • SD Card Reader
  • Steam Deck Console

How to Install Windows 10 and 11 on a Steam Deck

Now to the main point of the article, how to install windows 10 and 11 on a Steam Deck. Just follow the steps attentively and in no time your Steam Deck would be running the windows of your choice.

  • Click on This Links and select a version of windows that you want to make use of. It is best that you go for windows 10 for now but the steam deck can handle windows 11. Once you have clicked on whichever version you want, Head to the “Download tool now” option and save it to a place on your computer. Do not Place this on your SD card.
  • Click on this Link to Download Rufus. This would enable you to boot windows from a USB or, an SD card.
  • Head to Steam page to download all the drivers there. It will save you some of the hassles in the long run and may avoid some frustration when you have everything booted up. At the moment, there are several Drivers for the GPU, Wi-Fi, SD Card Reader and Bluetooth. Download all of them and place them on your Micro SD.
  • First, plug in your SD card to your computer via the card reader. At this point, launch Rufus and select your SD card in the device menu. Then head down and to the right where it says “Select” and choose your windows ISO that you installed earlier on.
  • Click on the “Image Option” menu and select “windows to Go”. Then, under “partition scheme”, Pick MBR. After this, open up “Advanced driver properties and click the option that says “Use Rufus MBR with BIOS ID”. Click “Start” and wait for it to finish.
  • Shut down the Steam Deck. In other to do this, hold down the power button and then click on shut down.
  • Wait for Rufus to finish, after that, eject your SD card and plug it in at the bottom of the steam Deck.

Boot Manager

  1. Press and hold the volume button and the on the button and the steam Deck should go into your “boot Manager”. This may take a few seconds the first time to boot up so do not worry if the screen is black for a second. As this is still a new piece of hardware, some mistakes may still happen or some issues might arise.
  2. From the “boot Manager” go down and then click on your SD card. This should automatically start to work on booting up the windows.
  3. After this, you just continue with your windows installation. You can make use of the pads on the side to move the mouse and triggers to click.

With this, your windows 11 or 10 should be installed on your Steam deck. The process can be quite confusing, but it is not that hard to go by.

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