In June 2021, Microsoft announced Windows 11. Apart from a slew of new features like upcoming Android app support, a central taskbar, Teams integration, and more, Windows 11 will now support a number of older hardware devices that were previously considered unusable.
While the full version will not be available until October 5, Microsoft has been providing preview builds to Insider Preview members for some time. This allows Windows enthusiasts like you to test out new versions or updates before they are released to the general public. If you have an M1 Mac, you can now install Windows 11 on your machine.
How to Install Windows 11 on an M1 Mac
Apple introduced M1 Macs a year ago in an effort to improve the speed, battery life, and overall MacBook experience. This new generation of Apple laptops, known as M1 Macs, are powered by Apple’s own chipset, which was designed specifically for Mac computers and laptops, marking a significant shift away from Intel-based chips.
Parallels Desktop, a virtualization app for macOS-based computers, can easily install and run Windows 11 on an M1 Mac, as shown below. In a nutshell, it works by utilizing a number of new virtualization engines to support ARM-based operating systems in virtual machines.
We’ll download the ARM-based installation image and open it in Parallels Desktop in this method, which is just one of many ways to run Windows 11 on unsupported PCs.
Installing Parallels Desktop and Setting up Windows 11 on ARM
Parallels Desktop allows you to run Windows 11 on Intel or M1 Mac computers quickly and efficiently. It is available for two weeks as a free trial, after which you must purchase it from the official website. Let’s start by installing Parallels and configuring your operating system, starting with the trial version.
- Go to the official website and install Parallels Desktop from there.
- Now, to download the Windows 11 ISO file, go to the Windows Insider preview website and log in with your Microsoft account. If you didn’t have an account before, you’ll have to create one now.
- When you’re logged in, go to the Windows Insiders Preview Downloads page and download the Windows Client ARM64 Insider Preview.
- When the download is complete, open it with Parallels Desktop.
- Choose your preferred use case and click on Continue to begin the installation.
Your Mac will be running Windows 11 on ARM as a virtual machine in this manner.
Additionally, ensure that your virtual machine has at least 4 GB of RAM and two processors to meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. To do so, go to Parallels’ Settings and select the CPU & Memory option under the Hardware section.
While you’re there, make sure “TPM Chip” is enabled; you’ll need it for Windows 11.
Installing Windows 11 on M1 Mac
And that, my friends, is how you install Windows 11 on your M1 Mac. The official release of Windows 11 is still a month away. While we’re confident that newer, better ways will emerge over time, we’ve found this method to be the most convenient and effective for the time being.