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Old 10-07-2014, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why don't Chromebooks have Windows drivers?

Is it Google trying to discourage hackers, are the hardware manufacturers/designers lazy, or is it some special thing that Chrome OS needs?
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Why don't Chromebooks have Windows drivers?

From what I know most Chromebooks use ARM based processors so Windows wouldn't run on them anyways.
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From what I know most Chromebooks use ARM based processors so Windows wouldn't run on them anyways.
This. Unless you could get Windows RT to install somehow.
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I'm pretty sure the majority of them run on Intel these days, like the HP 14 and the Acer one.
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There are several models from both companies that are both Intel and ARM. Even several HP 14's that are diversified. You can check here to see what I mean.
Google Chromebook Comparison Chart

The most I see in person when I'm browsing sites are pretty much all ARM though.
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Default Re: Why don't Chromebooks have Windows drivers?

Has anyone here actually got a Chromebook? I haven't even used one yet.
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^ My old work bought over 1,200 of them. They're pretty nice
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^ My old work bought over 1,200 of them. They're pretty nice
I must try them out!
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Default Re: Why don't Chromebooks have Windows drivers?

You kind of can already.
Google is bringing the Chrome OS desktop to Windows 7

I see in your sig you don't have any Windows PCs... sadly I don't think Chrome OS desktop mode is available on Mac OS yet But it is on Win7/8
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