Options for using Windows 11 with Mac® computers with Apple® M1® and M2™ chips – Microsoft Support
Parallels® Desktop version 18 is an authorized solution for running Arm® versions of Windows 11 Pro and Windows 11 Enterprise in a virtual environment on its platform on Apple M1 and M2 computers.
The Arm version of Windows 11 has limitations that can impact your ability to use various types of hardware, games, and apps, including those that rely on DirectX 12 or OpenGL3.3 or greater. For more information, please see the FAQ in this article.
Experiences that depend on an additional layer of virtualization (nested virtualization) are not supported, including:
Windows Subsystem for Android, which enables your Windows 11 device to run Android applications that are available in the Amazon Appstore
Windows Subsystem for Linux, which enables a GNU/Linux environment on Windows 11
Windows Sandbox, a lightweight desktop environment to safely run applications in isolation
Virtualization-based Security (VBS), which enables customers to create and isolate a secure region of memory from the normal operating system
DirectX 12, a suite of multimedia technologies frequently used in Windows games and other apps, is not supported.
32-bit Arm apps available from the Store in Windows are not supported by Mac computers with M1 and M2 chips. 32-bit Arm apps are in the process of being deprecated for all Arm versions of Windows. The preferred customer experience is to run 64-bit Arm apps, but customers can also use apps in x64 or x86 emulation on Mac M1 and M2 computers.
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