Questions about the different versions of Parallels and Windows 11

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Apple Silicon (M1) Mac' started by SWANDY, Aug 11, 2022.

  1. SWANDY

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    I am running Parallels PRO (I guess since it did the upgrade to Parallels 18 and my account on the Parallels website says my next payment is due later this month). I know I started using the PRO version because I started this "adventure" with M1 iMacs and the Insider builds which required the PRO version of Parallels.
    Anyway question: What is the difference between Windows 11 ARM HOME and the PRO version of Windows 11? I ask because before the whole M1/ARM business I never purchased the PRO version of Windows before and never felt the need for it. And prior to getting an M1 iMac and starting with the Insider Program I never felt the need for the PRO version of Parallels because most of the differences that I see I would not have any need for.
    So would it make sense (for me) to start again with the HOME version of Parallels 18 and let it install the HOME version of Windows 11 ARM from Microsoft? If I interpreted the answer in another thread here, I would then be able to purchased a license key from Microsoft also.
    Thanks.
     
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  3. MichaelH63

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    And here's a comparison of the differences between Parallels Pro and Standard:
    https://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/#compare
    Main differences: upgrade to the newest major release, more CPU cores and more RAM.
    The CPU and RAM limitation isn't an issue for the original M1, but for M-series chips with more than 8 cores or 16 GB RAM the Pro version is the better choice.

    In my opinion switching to Windows Home now makes little sense. If you already own a Windows Pro license, there's no good reason to buy another license for Windows Home. You might not need the extra features of Windows Pro, but you're not forced to use them. If and when Microsoft releases Windows 12 you might have to buy another license and that's when you should think about getting a Home license.
     
  4. SWANDY

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    After reading your post and the information on the links you provided I decided that at this point - since I already had a subscription to the PRO version of Parallels it makes no sense to switch. We shall see what happens when Windows 12 arrives like you also suggested. Thanks.
     

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