How To Install Windows On Mac With M1 And M2

It is true that you should choose your computer based on the programs you have to use, but often the decision between Mac and Windows, at least for non-professional users, is made based on a series of more personal criteria, and sometimes even emotional. 

But why not have the best of both worlds? The new Windows 11 has a lot of interesting features, and maybe on the Mac at home some family members might be more comfortable with that operating system, or we really need a Windows app but we don’t want to give up our Mac. ‘years now, Apple has messed up a bit the cards on the table with its new “homemade” chips, but nonetheless, if you want to know how to install Windows on Mac M1, which for correctness in this guide we will call Apple Silicon seen the recent arrival of M2 chips, we have a number of possibilities for you, so read on!

How to install Windows on Mac with M1 and M2?

  • With Bootcamp
  • With Parallels Desktop
  • With UTM
  • How to use Windows apps on Mac with M1 with CrossOver

How to install Windows on Mac with M1 with Bootcamp?

Boot Camp has been the number one choice for installing Windows on a Mac for years, but after the launch of the new Apple Silicon chips, M1 and the new M2, Apple has removed support for Boot Camp, which allows you to physically install Windows on a partition. separate of the disk and, while guaranteeing excellent performance, is limited to the use of only one operating system at a time. 

This in itself is not bad, but it sets it in contrast to the other method used to install Windows on the Mac, namely the virtualization of the operating system. The reasons why Apple has made this choice are not entirely dependent on their own will and also lie in the fact that the new Apple Silicon chips are based on ARM architecture, so when you install (or rather run on a virtual machine) Windows, the version it will not be the x86 that powers the most common Windows computers, but it will be the one specific to ARM.

This won’t be a big deal, as Windows for ARM (Windows 11) can run  x64 software by virtualizing it.

That said, if you want to install Windows on Mac M1, you’ll have to forget about Boot Camp and use another method, so read on.

How to install Windows on Mac with M1 with Parallels Desktop?

Parallels Desktop is the most used and easiest solution to use Windows with a Mac. Parallels is a virtualization platform optimized just for Windows 11 and macOS, including (and most importantly) the latest Mac models with M1 / ​​M2 chips, and has just been updated to version 18, which ensures easier installation and better performance.

Obviously, owners of Macs with Apple Silicon chips will have some limitations regarding the versions of Windows (or even Linux) that they can install, since they will have to use the variants for ARM, as we explained in the previous paragraph (so you can only install Windows 10, as explained here, which however cannot virtualize x64 apps, or Windows 11).

In this article, we will show you how to install Windows 11 on Mac, although the procedure is the same. 

Download Parallels Desktop

First, download  Parallels Desktop 18 from the official site. The Standard version, which gives you all the tools you need for home use, costs $103 a year, with free updates for new versions, or $134 for a lifetime license, but without updates. If you want, you can opt for the free trial version, available for 14 days. 

Download Parallels Desktop
Download Parallels Desktop

Run Windows on Mac without Rebooting

  • Run more than 200,000 Windows apps on Mac, including Microsoft office for windows.
  • Download and install Windows OS on Intel or Apple M series Mac Computer.
  • Seamlessly copy and paste text or drag and drop files between Mac and Windows.
  • Develop and test across multiple OSs in a virtual machine for Mac.
  • Run Windows applications effortlessly without slowing down your Mac

In previous versions of Parallels Desktop, it was necessary to download the Windows ISO file yourself, but now Parallels will do everything, with a much faster and more intuitive procedure.

Parallels Desktop installation and Windows setup

Now you can install Parallels Desktop.

  1. Click on the downloaded DMG file (it will be in the Download folder)
  2. Double-click the Install Parallels Desktop item. 
  3. macOS will ask you for confirmation to install a program from the Internet, you agree
  4. Accept the license agreement
  5. Wait for the program to download
  6. Enter your password
  7. Grant the required permissions
  8. Parallels Desktop will help you download and install Windows in just a few clicks. Note that Windows will take up 3.85GB of space
Installation and Windows setup
Installation and Windows setup
  1. Once the download is complete, grant Parallels access to the webcam and microphone and wait for the Windows installation and updates
  2. Now you will need to log into your Parallels account or create one, even if you want to use your Google, Apple, or Facebook accounts
  3. Next, you will be prompted for an activation key (Product Activation Key). If you want to use Parallels on a 14-day trial, click  Try 14-Day Free. Alternatively, to purchase a key that allows you to use Parallels Desktop permanently, click Buy. The Standard version allows you to create a virtual machine with these characteristics:
    • 8GB of virtual memory
    • 4 vCPU
  4. Once you have made your choice, you are in Windows. Do an update anyway:
    1. Click on the Start menu
    2. Click on Settings
    3. Click on Update and Security and then on Update
  5. At this point, you can install any Windows app as you would on a PC.

The games aren’t super fast, being a virtual machine, but Parallels has greatly increased the performance, especially for the M1 Ultra in the Mac mini Studio.

How to install Windows on Mac with M1 with UTM

Install Windows on Mac with M1 with UTM
Install Windows on Mac with M1 with UTM

Another way to virtualize Windows in a Mac environment is to use UTM, which is free but does not have the same performance and ease of use as Parallels. Let’s see how to install Windows 11.

  1. Download UTM from the site 
  2. Download Windows 11 for ARM from the Microsoft site
    1. In case you don’t have an Insider account, you can get it from here
    2. Sign in with your Microsoft account
    3. Click on Register
  3. From the drop-down menu select a version (Beta or Dev)
  4. Download Windows 11
  5. Download SPICE Guest Tools from here
  6. Click on Download
  7. Install UTM  by clicking on the downloaded file
  8. Open UTM and click on the + button to open the virtual machine creation wizard.
  9. Select Virtualize
  10. Select Windows
  11. Click Browse and select the Windows VHDX file you downloaded
  12. Click on Next
  13. Choose the amount of RAM and CPU cores you want to give access to the virtual machine
  14. Click on Next
  15. Now you can mount a directory in the virtual machine, and choose a directory to share (you can also do it later)
  16. Click on Next
  17. Click on Save
  18. Select the Run button to start the virtual machine
  19. Follow the Windows installer. If you have a problem with the mouse, press the mouse capture button in the toolbar to send the mouse input directly. Press the Control + Option keys together to exit mouse capture mode. Sometimes, due to driver problems, you have to enter and exit capture mode for the mouse cursor to function normally.
  20. Once the installation is complete and logged into Windows, install the guest tools.
  21. With the ISO mounted in the D: drive, open Windows Explorer and go to D: \
  22. Click on spice-guest-tools-xxx.exe which should install all the drivers along with the QEMU agent, the SPICE agent (for copy/paste and dynamic resolution), and the shared directory.

If the network does not work, make sure you have installed the SPICE guest tools, which include the network drivers.

If the Windows 11 installation is blocked due to a lack of network connection :

  1. Press Shift + F10 to launch the command prompt
  2. Type OOBE \ BYPASSNRO and press Enter
  3. The virtual machine should reboot and on the configuration screen you should see an option for I don’t have Internet
  4. Once the Windows installation is complete, be sure to install the SPICE guest tools for network drivers

How to use Windows apps on Mac with M1 with CrossOver?

If you don’t want to install Windows on your Mac but just want to use Windows apps, you can try CrossOver, a program that allows you to run Windows software directly on macOS

CrossOver is based on Wine, an open-source project that allows you to run Windows apps on Linux. The difference from the above solutions is that it doesn’t work via virtual machine, so you won’t have to install a version of Windows on your Mac. The latest version of CrossOver emulates Intel Windows apps on macOS via Rosetta 2 technology, which allows you to use the x86 app on new ARM Mac hardware.

Some apps, especially games, aren’t super fast, but for most situations, it works really well. Here’s how to use it.

How to use Windows apps on Mac with M1 with CrossOver
How to use Windows apps on Mac with M1 with CrossOver
  1. Go to the official CrossOver site
  2. Buy the license, for 60 dollars, or download the free trial by clicking on Free Trial (14 days) 
  3. To download the free trial you will need to enter your name and email
  4. Click on Download Trial Now
  5. Find the ZIP file in the Downloads folder and double-click on it
  6. Double-click on the CrossOver icon
  7. Click Move to the Applications folder
  8. In the new window, click Try Now
  9. Now you can install a Windows app directly from the window and, once installed, you can call them directly from your Applications folder
  10. If you want to buy CrossOver:
    1. Go to the CrossOver menu at the top
    2. Click on UnlockCrossOver …
Install CrossOver
Install CrossOver
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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.

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