Although M1 Macs offer a lot of money, they do not support BootCamp, which means that it is not possible to run Windows on them. Microsoft was expected to add support for M1 Macs in Windows 11 via virtualization or otherwise. However, this will not happen.
A Microsoft spokesman confirmed Register that the company will not support running Windows 11 originally or through virtualization on M1 Macs.
Many M1 Mac owners have used Parallels to run virtualized versions of Windows 10 and 11. However, it looks like Microsoft could soon put an end to this route. Many users have already started receiving hardware compatibility bugs while running Insider version of Windows 11 on Parallels 17. Updating Parallels v17.0.1 for debugging seems to fix the problem, but it is not clear how long this method will work.
Last year, Parallels strongly advertised the possibility of running Windows 10 on M1 Macs. Given the current scenario, it seems that Microsoft could soon turn off this functionality.
Last year, Apple’s vice president Craig Federighi said that it was “really up to Microsoft” to bring Windows to M1 Macs. Unlike Intel-based Macs, M1 Macs use a special Apple Arm chip. Therefore, they are not compatible with the regular x86 version of Windows. This is also the reason why Apple has given up support for BootCamp on M1 Macs.
For now, it seems that if you want to run Windows on your Mac, it would be best to simply buy a Mac with an Intel processor or an old Windows laptop.
[Via The Register]
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