How to install Windows 11 on M1/M2 Macs using Parallels 18 | Summary and Q&A

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How to install Windows 11 on M1/M2 Macs using Parallels 18

TL;DR

This video tutorial explains how to install Windows 11 on an Apple Silicon Mac using Parallels Desktop 18, with options for different editions based on your needs.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How much does the Standard edition of Parallels Desktop cost?

The Standard edition of Parallels Desktop costs $99.99 annually, and it comes with limitations on virtual RAM and CPUs.

Q: What are the benefits of choosing Parallels Desktop Pro Edition over the Standard Edition?

Parallels Desktop Pro Edition, priced at $120 per year, offers more virtual CPUs and RAM, making it suitable for gaming and more resource-intensive tasks.

Q: How can you download and install Parallels Desktop?

To download Parallels Desktop, you need to visit the Parallels website and click on the "Download free trial" button. Once downloaded, you can open the installer and follow the installation guide provided in the video.

Q: Is Windows 11 for ARM included in the installation process?

Yes, Parallels Desktop 18 downloads the Windows 11 for ARM ISO file, which can be used for installation. The ISO file is stored in the downloads folder on your Mac.

Q: What are the options for activating Windows 11 within Parallels Desktop?

You can activate Windows 11 by purchasing a product key from the Microsoft Store app or using a third-party key. However, activating Windows is not covered by your Parallels subscription.

Q: Can you play games on Windows 11 for ARM installed via Parallels Desktop?

Yes, gaming is possible on Windows 11 for ARM using Parallels Desktop. However, performance may vary depending on the Mac's hardware and the requirements of the game. Some games that require DirectX 12 may not run in Parallels Desktop 18.

Q: Can the virtual machine created in Parallels Desktop be transferred to another Mac?

Yes, the virtual machine created using Parallels Desktop can be transferred to another Mac by dragging the virtual machine file to an external drive. This allows you to run your Windows installation on a different Mac or keep it as a backup.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The video provides a step-by-step guide on installing Windows 11 on an Apple Silicon Mac using Parallels Desktop 18.

  • It explains the different editions of Parallels Desktop (Standard and Pro) and which one to choose based on your requirements.

  • The tutorial covers the installation process, configuring virtual machine settings, updating Windows 11, and activating Windows.

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