Activate Windows 11 with Mac M1

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Apple Silicon (M1) Mac' started by StefanP7, May 10, 2022.

  1. StefanP7

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    I can't activate a Windows 11 on a Parallels with M1 chip. I was using Windows 10 on my old Mac, activation with this license doesn't work. So I bought a new license for Windows 11 Professional. This license cannot be activated either. Suppose I'm trying to install Windows using the ISO file that I received with this purchase, it doesn't work because that ISO file only works for an Intel-based processor Windows. Where can you buy a Windows 11 for ARM processors? Nobody understands that anymore! Does anyone have a tip for me!
     
  2. MichaelH63

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    You can't buy Windows 11 for ARM specifically. A Windows license will work for Intel and ARM.
    Microsoft unfortunately doesn't offer an ISO for Windows on ARM (except Insider Previews). The easiest way to install Windows 11 is to click the „+" in Parallels Control Center and use the „get from Microsoft" option next to the ISO option. That will install Windows 11 Home.
    You didn't provide any information why your license key isn't accepted. There could be a number of reasons. What kind of error message do you get? Is your license a retail license or a (usually much cheaper) OEM or Volume license? Is your Windows 10 license linked to your Microsoft account?
     
  3. StefanP7

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    Thank you for your reply. I have a license for Windows 11 Pro, but if I install Windows 11 from Parallels Control Center, I get a Windows 11 Home. Perhaps this is the problem, that I try to activate a Windows 11 Home with a license-key for Pro. The Error Message is 0xc004f050.
     
  4. McallenT@Parallels

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    Hello @StefanP7, Please contact Microsoft support regarding the activation issue of Microsoft Windows 11. Thanks, Parallels Team.
     
  5. MichaelH63

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    Using a Pro key should work and upgrade Windows Home to Windows Pro.
    Do you get that error when you try to activate your Windows 10 key or the new one?
     
  6. HaraldSt

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    I just tried the "automatically" installed version of Windows 11 and then entering a Pro key. It tries, then fails.
     
  7. MichaelH63

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    It should work. I haven't tried it myself but someone else in the forum successfully upgraded from Home to Pro with a Pro license recently. Impossible to say why it doesn't work for you without further details.
     
  8. HaraldSt

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    I should have disregarded the Windows error message. It was rebooted after the update and showed as activated to Pro.
     
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  9. Anthony Sbarro

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    I'm having the exact same issue as you've reported. How were you able to resolve this?
     
  10. HaraldSt

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    I simply rebooted.
     
  11. Anthony Sbarro

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    Not working for me :(
     
  12. PeterG30

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    Activate Windows 11
    1. Open Windows Settings > System > Activation.
    2. Click "Get a new license in the Microsoft Store app".
    3. Click "Buy" and proceed with the purchase process. Windows will be automatically activated after a successful purchase.
    This May Works,
    Peter
     
  13. hablutzel1

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    I bought a cheap Windows 11 Pro license and I was unable to activate it using the default Windows 11 that Parallels automatically installs, but activation with my cheap license worked using the Windows 11 VHDX image referenced in https://kb.parallels.com/125375.
     
  14. kjunsal

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    Use troubleshooting in activation page. I did that myself
     

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