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How To Install Windows 11 On Steam Deck

Looking to optimize your gaming experience? Learn how to install Windows 11 on your Steam Deck with our comprehensive guide.

To install Windows 11 on the Steam Deck, there are a few steps you need to follow. First, you need to create a bootable USB drive or microSD card with the Windows 11 installation files using Microsoft’s media creation tool and Rufus. Next, you’ll need to boot the Steam Deck from the USB drive or microSD card and install Windows. Once installed, you may need to adjust the display orientation settings in Windows.

It’s important to note that installing Windows 11 on the Steam Deck is not officially supported and may have limitations or issues. Additionally, if you want to dual-boot SteamOS and Windows 11, it’s a more complex process that involves partitioning the Steam Deck’s storage and installing both operating systems separately.

Creating a Bootable USB Drive or microSD Card

Before installing Windows 11 on your Steam Deck, you need to create a bootable USB drive or microSD card with the Windows 11 installation files. This will allow you to easily install the operating system on your device. To create a bootable USB drive or microSD card, you will need to use Microsoft’s media creation tool and Rufus, which are both free software.

To create a bootable USB drive:

  1. First, download the Windows 11 ISO file from the official Microsoft website.
  2. Next, download and install Microsoft’s media creation tool.
  3. Launch the media creation tool and select “Create installation media for another PC.
  4. Choose your language, edition, and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) for Windows 11.
  5. Select “USB flash drive” as the media to use.
  6. Insert your USB drive into your computer and select it as the destination for the installation files.
  7. Click “Next” and follow the prompts to create the bootable USB drive.

To create a bootable microSD card:

  1. First, download the Windows 11 ISO file from the official Microsoft website.
  2. Next, download and install Rufus.
  3. Launch Rufus and select your microSD card as the device.
  4. Under the “Boot selection” section, click the “Select” button and choose the Windows 11 ISO file.
  5. Leave the other settings as default and click the “Start” button to create the bootable microSD card.

Once you have successfully created the bootable USB drive or microSD card, you are ready to proceed with installing Windows 11 on your Steam Deck.

Tools Required: Procedure
Microsoft’s media creation tool Download and install the tool from the official Microsoft website.
Rufus Download and install Rufus to create a bootable USB drive or microSD card.

Can I Force Install Windows 11 On Steam Deck?

I understand the curiosity to force install Windows 11 on Steam Deck. However, it’s important to note that the device runs on a different operating system and making such changes may void warranty or cause system instability. It’s always best to stick to the recommended OS for your device.

Installing Windows 11 on the Steam Deck

Once you have your bootable USB drive or microSD card ready, you can proceed with installing Windows 11 on your Steam Deck. The process involves a few steps to ensure a successful installation.

To begin, connect your bootable USB drive or insert the microSD card into the Steam Deck. Power on the device and enter the BIOS settings by pressing the appropriate key during startup (usually F2 or Del). In the BIOS settings, navigate to the Boot tab and set the USB drive or microSD card as the primary boot option. Save the changes and exit the BIOS.

When the Steam Deck restarts, it will boot from the USB drive or microSD card. Follow the on-screen prompts to start the Windows 11 installation process. Make sure to select the correct language, time zone, and keyboard layout. Proceed with the installation steps, including choosing the installation location and accepting the license terms.

After the installation is complete, you may need to adjust the display orientation settings in Windows. This can be done by right-clicking on the desktop, selecting Display settings, and choosing the desired orientation. You can also adjust other display settings for optimal viewing on your Steam Deck.

It’s essential to note that installing Windows 11 on the Steam Deck is not officially supported and may come with limitations or issues. If you wish to dual-boot SteamOS and Windows 11, the process is more complex and involves partitioning the Steam Deck’s storage and installing both operating systems separately. Make sure to thoroughly research and understand the implications before attempting dual-booting.