Please also note that Windows based programs run as non-free source/proprietary code and Purism can not offer a guarantee that your Librem will continue to be secure if you choose to install. We do not recommend doing this for your own privacy and security but you are welcome to as the Librem is your machine
Users, who wish to install Windows on their machines, should be able to use all hardware. With Windows 10, this seems to be a problem with some hardware, such as the touchpad and energy management.
Can someone please provide names or links to working drivers or at least give the exact hardware specification so it is easier to find working drivers?
Well, Todd outright stated in an interview that they don’t test Windows on the Librem, so Purism probably has no idea which specific drivers would be required to work on all the hardware; therefore, I’m not sure why you think that this statement is true:
Users, who wish to install Windows on their machines, should be able to use all hardware.
Did they state somewhere else that there was 100% hardware compatibility with Windows?
As far as finding the exact hardware that your computer contains is concerned, you simply need to install the inxi package (available in all GNU/Linux distrubutions). If you run its man command, it will tell you which options you need to run it with, in order to find the precise names of all hardware components on your device:
For example, if you wanted to find out what type of graphics card you had, you would run inxi with the -G option; the results would look something like this:
Thank you for your very helpful reply mentioning inxi.
The statement that you quoted was mine. I do not claim that Purism made that statement. I think that taking the discussion in that direction would digress from the actual topic (as intended by me). To the original idea, you have provided very valuable input with the second half of your post. Thanks again.
If anyone can publish the output of inxi for a Librem 13 v2 and/or point to Windows drivers, please do. (I am currently traveling and do not have access to the hardware.)
Purism provides official support for PureOS only, and provides “best effort” courtesy help with other GNU+Linux operating systems (with the help of community members here), but don’t expect help for Windows or Mac OS.
Beyond the security/privacy implications of running Windows (which is highly not recommended), Purism is a social purpose corporation whose model is fundamentally focused on free/libre and open-source software. While your laptop might “just work” on Windows, we provide zero support or guarantee if you are going to do that (and frankly, what’s the point of using a Purism laptop with a proprietary OS?)
Although as of now i do not yet own a librium system, my best advice as a “support Monkey” with more than 20 years in the trenches is to go t the intell site and download the chipset driver directly from there. the only issue with using driver from a vendor like Dell or HP is quite often, these drivers get tweaked for the specific system the driver is for.
Thanks for your help!
So far, my efforts to find the right drivers were unsuccessful. The machine does not shut down properly but just reboots, and the touchpad functionality remains very basic with the default PS/2 driver.
My tentative conclusion is that this machine cannot properly run Windows.
This is problem people have with freedom, and “freedom to the extend I like”. If I were to use Librem laptops for genocide running Windows 10, according to freedom I should be able to do so.
I see your point about dedicating resources, that’s why I think Purism should focus on providing HW+FW primarily, and drivers at the second priority, linux OS only as third… On the other hand, I too want Librems to succeed, and for that…dualbooting Windows opens a lot of doors, and money.