Installing Windows

WARNING

Do not use Windows 8 or older. Only recent Windows 10 and 11 builds are supported.

DANGER

Do not use unofficial versions of Windows, such as Ghost Specter or tiny10/11. They are not supported and may contain undetectable malware and/or security vulnerabilities.

TIP

If you want to create a Windows installer from ChromeOS, see the Installing Ventoy page.

  1. Get a USB containing a Windows image. Ventoy, Rufus, and the official Windows media creation tool are the only methods that can be used to create a Windows USB.

  2. Bypassing Windows 11 installation checks:

  3. At the Windows installer, select "Repair my Computer".

  4. Select "Command prompt". (May be hidden under an advanced section)

  5. Type in regedit and press Enter

  6. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup

  7. Right click Setup and create a new Key called LabConfig

  8. Right click LabConfig and create new DWORD (32-bit) called BypassSecureBootCheck and set its value to 1

  9. Right click LabConfig and create new DWORD (32-bit) called BypassTPMCheck and set its value to 1

  10. Close Registry Editor.

  11. Run setup in the command prompt.

  12. Install Windows as you would normally.

  13. Install drivers:


Installing .cab drivers

Cab drivers are a little weird, but they're easy to install.

  1. Create a new folder.
  2. Open your cab driver using Windows Explorer. 7Zip will not work.
  3. Copy all the files to that empty folder.
  4. Enable the option to show file extensions.
  5. Right click on all the .inf files, and select install.
  6. Reboot.

Please see CoolStar's driver portalopen in new window for a step by step tutorial on purchasing drivers.


What drivers do I need to buy?

CPU GenerationPaid DriversNotes
Sandybridgen/a
Ivybridgen/a
Haswelln/a
Broadwelln/a
Baytrailn/a
Braswelln/a
SkylakeAVSModels with a Celeron, Pentium, i3 or m3 CPU are eligible for a AUE discount.
Apollo LakeAVS or SOFCan use either SOF or AVS
Kaby LakeAVS
Amber LakeAVS
Gemini LakeSOF
Comet LakeSOF
Picasso / Dalin/a
Tiger LakeSOF, TB4TB4 and SOF can be purchased as a bundle.
Jasper LakeSOF
Alder LakeSOF, TB4TB4 and SOF can be purchased as a bundle.
CezanneSOF
MendocinoSOF
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