Windows 11 is now ready to be installed on Steam Deck

Shortly: Valve always intended to let Steam Deck owners install Windows on the device instead of the Linux-based Steam operating system it comes with. The company has now taken Windows support a step further by removing a major obstacle to installing Windows 11.

Probably the most notable detail in the Sticky Notes for the latest Steam Deck OS Beta is added support for Firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM), which allows users to install Windows 11 on the device. The BIOS feature is a common solution to a controversial requirement for Windows 11 when it first launched.

For a system to officially support Windows 11, it must have TPM 2.0, which initially shocked many users because it limited the OS’s compatibility to relatively new CPUs. This requirement can be met either through dedicated hardware or through software-based fTPM.


Valve released the first Windows drivers for the Steam Deck in early March, but the initial lack of fTPM support meant the device could only run Windows 10 so far. AMD hasn’t finalized the audio drivers yet, so any sound coming from Steam Decks running Windows must come via USB-C or Bluetooth. In addition, Valve is still working on a dual-boot capable installer, so users have to decide between Windows and Steam OS for the time being.

The latest beta also adds a setting to run games at unlimited framerates, found in the quick access menu > Performance. In addition, Valve has improved the Steam Deck’s battery life when idle or in low usage situations. Windows 11 is now ready to be installed on Steam Deck

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