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Microsoft has partnered with Parallels to create an actual virtual machine that runs Windows 11 Arm on an Apple Mac with M1 and M2 chips. Thus, we can completely replace macOS with Windows on an Apple-branded machine.

Source: Chloé Pertuis – Frandroid

Apple Macs really make you want thanks to better value for money, like the recently released Mac Mini M2. What may put some people off is the operating system, namely macOS. Fortunately, there is a very simple solution: the virtual machine, which allows you to emulate another operating system. Parallels is now officially licensed to market a Windows 11 emulator that even works with Macs equipped with M1 and M2 chips.

Microsoft loosens ballast with Windows 11

With this emulation solution, Microsoft is more flexible. In fact, on the support page that presents the options to use Windows 11 on Mac M1/M2, it is specified that you can use the Windows 365 service (not to be confused with Microsoft 365) on these computers, which corresponds to a virtual Windows . as specified the edge who reports the information, so far”, Microsoft only licensed ARM versions of Windows directly to OEMs, making it difficult for M1 and M2 users to officially run it in a virtual machine. ».

Source: Chloé Pertuis – Frandroid

Therefore, Parallels Desktop 18 allows you to use the ARM edition of Windows 11 Professional etBusinesson Mac M1 and M2. The upgrade still starts at 70 euros and the purchase of the license is from 100 euros.

Limitations of Windows 11 on Mac M1 and M2

However, this Windows 11 emulation has limitations, as the dedicated support page points out. It is written that these lastmay affect your ability to use different types of hardware, games, and applications, including those that are based on DirectX 12 or OpenGL3.3 or higher».

Source: Microsoft

This especially includes virtual machines that can be started within this Windows 11… which itself is a virtual machine. So it is impossible to launch Android apps on Microsoft OS, same for GNU/Linux environment. In addition, the sandbox and the “Virtualization Based Security (VBS)” are not available. Finally, we learn that32-bit ARM apps available in the Windows Store are not supportedon the M1 and M2. Anyway, rest assured, most applications can be started on x64 and should work on this emulator.

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