Windows INTEL or ARM

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Apple Silicon (M1) Mac' started by KekoS, Jun 14, 2022.

  1. KekoS

    KekoS Bit Poster

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    Hello,

    I have a 24" M1 iMac.
    Is it possible to install a Windows 11 with a standard INTEL non-ARM .iso with Parallels Desktop ?
    Parallels Desktop installs what by default like Windows 11 ARM or INTEL ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Cordially
     
  2. MichaelH63

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    No, you can only install an ARM OS on M1/M2. Windows 11 on ARM is able to run x86/x64 software (except drivers), though.
     
  3. KekoS

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    But can you install a Windows 11 Intel operating system on an M1 in Parallels Desktop ?
    If I understand correctly, you won't be able to install Windows Drivers.
     
  4. MichaelH63

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    Like I said in my previous post: No.
    You can install Windows drivers only if they are for ARM. Unfortunately most device manufacturers don't provide them.
     
  5. KekoS

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    thank you for the information ;)
     
  6. HarjeetS

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    Hi,
    I am facing the same issue.
    My main work is on windows and there are lot of tools that are required to be connected to USB. None of the drivers are now working.

    Just need to know, this system is now totally unusable or is there any update or so that may happen in near future to handle drivers issue.
    Same like, applications are emulated, can't the drivers be?

    Else it is going to be a total waste of money for me spent on both MacBook Pro and Parallels
     
  7. MichaelH63

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    I think that is unlikely since drivers need to work directly with the ARM OS.
    Unless either MS or the device manufacturers provide ARM drivers, I'm afraid you're out of luck.
     
  8. WilliamT14

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    It was pointed out that Qualcomm with their jointly designed SQ1 and SQ2 processors with Microsoft for the Surface Pro X ARM editions, had exclusivity agreement for Windows 11 ARM.
    The point however is that it's not Apple not having any interest, but that until that exclusivity agreement expires (or may have just expired) that developing better support for Windows 11 ARM on Apple Silicon could even occur. I'm stunned with how well Parallel's has progressed even lacking that extra level of development support. I expect that this will continue to improve, but until that hardware support is provided, those use cases won't work that need those USB tools.
     

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