Problems with win vm on a M2 Mac

Discussion in 'Windows Virtual Machine' started by oliverw10, Mar 18, 2023.

  1. oliverw10

    oliverw10 Bit poster

    Dear all,
    I have a win11 vm on my m2 macbook air. Some programs do not seem to be installable, e.g. norton antivirus or the dropbox desktop app. It says that these programs are not compatible with this version of windows.
    On a intel windows machine, they run fine.
    Any guess why this happens?

    Thanks, Oliver
  2. JohnW70

    JohnW70 Member

    So far as I know, there are as yet no antivirus programs compatible with M1 or M2 Macs.
  3. Trishna Oobeyram

    Trishna Oobeyram Staff Member

    Hello Oliver,
    Thank you for reaching out to Parallels.
    The Apple M1 chip has an ARM architecture (unlike the x86/x64 architecture typical of classic desktop processors).
    And in a virtual machine on a Mac with an M1 chip, it is currently possible to run only Window ARM -- the Windows version for processors with ARM architecture (for example, it is used on devices with mobile chips like Microsoft Surface Pro X).
    And indeed, despite the built-in compatibility layer that allows you to run x86/x64 applications on Windows ARM, some applications, or drivers do not work.

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