Windows 11 natively on ARM Macs? It may be soon!

Florent Lanne

June 06, 2022 at 2:50 p.m.


Apple M1 © Apple

Windows 11 could one day arrive on Mac ARM natively. With or without Microsoft support.

This was probably one of the first major disappointments for buyers of new Apple computers at the end of 2020. Indeed, the disappearance of the chip signed Intel on certain models in favor of the Apple M1 had signed the death warrant of the software Boot Camp on these machines. Published by the Apple brand, the latter allowed the Windows operating system to be installed natively in dual-boot on Apple computers.

Windows 11 on Mac M1… without Microsoft

In a logic of optimizing consumption and increasing the performance of its devices, Apple had chosen to free itself from Intel and to manufacture its own chip. In taking this direction, the Cupertino company was based neither on an x86 architecture nor on a standard ARM. It is precisely this point that will have created an incompatibility between the Windows operating system and computers with an Apple Silicon chip.

For its part, Microsoft does not seem to be engaged in a logic of adapting its OS to Apple’s hardware. Although the limitations and difficulties of making Windows 11 natively compatible on ARM Macs are numerous, this does not prevent some developers from actively looking into the subject.

This is particularly the case of Arminder Singh who is working on his project called ” The M1 Windows project “. In addition, rather encouraging news is surfacing since a good part of the work has already been done in a very close area within the framework of the “Asahi Linux” project. The latter is intended to allow Linux to be installed on M1 Macs.

Arminder Singh tempers all the same, recalling that due to certain specific challenges due to Apple hardware, there is no guarantee as to the success of his project.

A solution awaiting a native version

While waiting for native support for Microsoft’s operating system on Macs equipped with an Apple Silicon chip, another method exists for using Windows on Mac. This consists of using a virtual machine and more particularly using the Parallels Desktop software.

On the other hand, it is not a question of a solution in dual-boot but rather to execute Windows at the heart of a software itself launched in an active session under macOS.

Source : Neowin

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