I'm confused about PD 18 and Windows 11 on M1 MBP?

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  1. MacBimmer

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    I've been running Windows 11 ARM Pro Insider Preview on PD for a year...no problem, except I can't register it. Today with the update to PD 18, I'm confused if I can buy a Windows 11 version and install that so I have a license and a registered version.... or....is it still only possible to run an ARM version with a M1 MBP?

    Thank you for your help and clarity.
     
  2. MichaelH63

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    You can still only run an ARM version as a VM (and that won't change), but you don't need an Insider Preview. Parallels lets you download the retail/OEM version of Windows 11 since PD 17.1.1. You can't buy a license directly through Parallels, but you can buy the license from Microsoft or other places.

    That said, running an Insider Preview shouldn't prevent you from activating Windows with a license. Back when I was running an Insider Preview it activated without a problem. (You need a Pro license for the Insider Preview, though. A Home license doesn't work.)
     
  3. MacBimmer

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    Thank you for your quick reply.....so all I need to do is click the + (plus) sign in upper right corner of Control Center....and choose to install Windows 11 (Pro edition) and Windows 11 will download and install, and go to Microsoft sight to buy license for Win 11 Pro (looks likes its $199) and that will give me a registered version of Win 11 that runs in PD 18? I just don't want to mess up what I have and appreciate any guidance or directions you can give me.
     
  4. Giovanni12

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    Can you run Windows 11 (non-ARM) on PD 18 using a M1 mac?
     
  5. MichaelH63

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    Exactly, just make sure to use the get from MS option and choose your edition (Home, Pro or Enterprise) in the next step.
     
  6. MichaelH63

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    No, of course not. It's impossible to run an Intel VM on an ARM CPU (or vice versa).
     
  7. HC_3

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    who can tell me how it is with a MacBook Pro 2019 Intel and a VM with Windows 10? does pd 18 run with this configuration?
     
  8. Giovanni12

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    A MacBook Pro 2019 Intel and a VM with Windows 10 on PD works great. I've used it with Windows 11 as well and no complaints.
     
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    Yes. That's the classic Windows 10 x86 running in a VM on an x86 Mac. From my experience using Parallels on an Intel iMac I can say the performance is very good.
     
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