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Microsoft says running Windows 11 on a M1 Mac VM is “not a supported scenario”

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With the Windows 11 release barely a month away, Microsoft has confirmed that it doesn’t consider running the upcoming OS even inside a virtual machine (VM) software such as Parallels desktop, as “a supported scenario.”

The confirmation was given to The Register which was facing issues trying to run a preview build of the upcoming OS on Parallels Desktop 17. 

In response, a Microsoft spokesperson categorically said that the company doesn’t support running its upcoming OS on the Apple M1-based computers, even inside VM software.

This is a strange development considering that Windows 10 inside an M1 Mac performed admirably well.

No Windows 11 on virtual hardware

Windows 11 is officially set to arrive on October 5 2021, even as Windows Insiders continue getting new builds via the Dev and Beta channels. 

Even with less than a month to the official release, there are reports of a slew of showstopping bugs in Windows Insider builds, including disappearing taskbars and non-functional Start Menus.  

Last week, The Register had trouble with their Windows 11 VM running a Dev Channel Windows Inside build on top of an M1 Mac via Parallels Desktop 17, and was spitting hardware compatibility errors.

The situation led the publication to contact both Parallels and Microsoft. While Parallels was quick to put out an updated v17.0.1 of its VM software to resolve the issue, at least for the time being, Microsoft used the opportunity to deny supporting such a usage scenario altogether, which might come as a disappointment  to users looking to run Windows on their Apple M1 Macs through virtualization.

Via The Register

Mayank Sharma

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.