Windows on M1 Mac & Visual Studio

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for M Series Mac' started by AlessandroM19, May 14, 2022.

  1. AlessandroM19



    My intel macbook broke and i was thinking to buy the new M1 Macbook. But i found out Boot Camp doesn't work anymore and most virtual machines don't either. Parallels seems to have an option to do this. But it is not clear wether:
    1. you can download the installation windows image only from the insider program
    2. windows has to be activated once installed otherwise it cannot be used. (on my old macbook I didn't activate windows but I could still use it)
    3. every program works on the virtual machine just like a normal virtual machine / laptop.
    4. it's actually legal to use win11 on m1 macs with parallels

    I need to run Visual Studio to create Windows Forms Applications in C Sharp.. does this work on Parallels with M1 processor Macs?

    This is kind of urgent...
    Thank you in advance for any helpful answer.
  2. MichaelH63

    MichaelH63 Kilo Poster

    1) That used to be the case. Now Parallels offers a direct download option of the retail/OEM Windows.
    2) I assume that you will need to activate Windows with a valid license. I haven't tried running it without one, though. (The Insider Preview from the Dev Channel doesn't require a license.)
    3) Sort of. Windows on ARM emulates x86 and x64 software. x64 support is still fairly new and less reliable than x86 emulation. Also apps that require a driver will only work if an ARM driver exists.
    4) It's not illegal, but Microsoft doesn't officially support it.

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