"Windows10.pvm Intel-based" cannot be started in Apple M1 chip

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Apple Silicon (M1) Mac' started by TapanP2, Dec 5, 2021.


Is there anyway to migrate/save "Windows10 Intel-based" to "Apple M1 chip" utility?

  1. Windows 10 Intel-based

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  2. Apple M1 chip

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  1. TapanP2

    TapanP2 Bit Poster

    I am migrating from my old Apple intel MacBook w/ Parallels Desktop 16 (Windows 10) to my new Apple M1 MacBook Pro w/ Parallels Desktop 16.5/17. I took full backup of Windows10.pvm after shutting it down. Now It keeps on giving me error message: "Windows 10" cannot be started because it contains an Intel-based operating system. Such system are not compatible with Macs equipped with the Apple M1 chip." This is unacceptable for me since I have all my business software installed in it. It should at least give me a utility to upgrade.

    Also, the Windows 11.pvm provided does not have any Product key or license and is not Active.

    Please help ASAP.
  2. MichaelH63

    MichaelH63 Kilo Poster

    It may be unacceptable to you, but host and guest OS need to run on the same CPU. It's technically impossible to run an Intel VM on an ARM CPU or vice versa.
    And of course the new Windows VM isn't yet activated. How would Parallels know your activation key? You can use your existing Windows 10 key to activate Windows 11 if it is a retail key linked to your Microsoft account. If it is an OEM key you can't use it on the new VM.
    You can also copy data from your old VM to the new one. https://kb.parallels.com/en/125344
  3. TapanP2

    TapanP2 Bit Poster

    I was able to retrieve my Windows 10 key and activate Windows 11 ARM on Parallel Desktop 17 on my new Apple M1 MacBook Pro!
    The only hassle was reinstalling everything in this vm image.
    Thank you,

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