Logo-based Mac users can use Windows Logo with Parallel Desktop 16 software; But how can this software be used to run Windows?
Parallels software company optimizes Parallels Desktop 16 software for Macs equipped with M1 processor; This means that new Mac computers can run Windows based on its logo and software on the Mac OS.
If you’ve been following the news, you know that Apple recently unveiled M1 processors based on the architecture and instructions of the logo.
The beating heart of the new Mac computers brings unparalleled efficiency and power; But given the changing architecture from x86 to ARM64, a host of new applications are not optimized for the architecture and the decision by Microsoft, the Windows logo (Windows on Arm) has not been available for Mac users.
The good news is that applications are rapidly updating to support native new processors, while software such as Parallels makes up for some of the lack of Windows.
Parallels software company recently released a technical preview of Parallels 16, which is compatible with M1-powered Macs and performs surprisingly well.
In fact, the “Apple Silicon of Parallels” version is designed for logo-based operating systems;
Therefore, it does not support the x86 version of Windows 10, and a logo -based version of Windows is required to run it .
Apart from relatively good performance, the software has weaknesses and shortcomings for Parallels and Microsoft. In other words, it certainly can not be considered a complete replacement for the native version or boot camp of Windows 10 based on x86, for example, 32-bit programs will be completely unusable during startup, and evidence shows that the suspension and resumption of the virtual machine (VM) ) Will not be possible.
In addition, when using the virtual machine, it is not possible to use the close button, and instead the virtual machine must be turned off completely.
And In the following, we are going to teach you how to use this software to run Windows logo on new Mac computers, including MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini equipped with مM1 processor.
As soon as the software is installed, Parallels uses technical previews to show users more details about running a logo-based virtual machine.
Here are the steps you should take to download and run this software:
- Download and install a technical preview of Parallels Desktop 16 software for کامپیM1 PCs via the company’s website. After this process, Parallels will send an activation code to the user below the download link.
- In order to receive logo-based Windows, you must register with the Windows Insider Program and download the Windows 10 Client ARM64 Insider Preview version there. Note that you must download this version; Because Microsoft has recently introduced a 64-bit program emulator in this version of Windows.
- Open the Parallels software and drag the Windows10_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64_en-us file to the Mac OS installation assistant (drag) and drop it to the Create section.
- The software creates Windows 10 based on a new logo as an example in the virtual machine, and in this step you have to log in to the Parallels system using an account and apply the activation code issued in the first step.
- Once logged in and activated, Parallels 16 configures the Windows 10 Virtual Machine and installs the required widgets, and finally completes the Windows 10 logo-based installation and setup.
Disable time synchronization
In the initial launch of Parallels for Mac computers running the M1 processor, the important thing is to disable the Time Sync option; Otherwise, the Windows Virtualization Machine may not work properly. To disable time synchronization, click on “Actions” in the Parallels menu bar and select “Config”.
In the next step, click on the Options tab and select More Options, and in the drop-down box next to Time Sync, select the Do Not Sync option to disable this feature, and finally exit the pop-up windows.
Enable x64 simulation support
- In the Windows search bar, search for “Insider” and click on Windows Insider Program settings.
- Click on the link to go to Diagnostics & Feedback settings and activate optional diagnostic data.
- Click on the link associated with your Windows Insider account and sign in to your Windows account.
- Once logged in, it is recommended that you click the Beta Channel option in the Internal Settings section and enable the Dev Channel option to access the latest updates .
- Click the Home button to return to the main Windows settings page, and finally, click on the Update & Security section to check for the latest updates.
- After completing the fifth step, you will have to wait for the latest developer preview version of Windows 10 Insider Preview to appear. To install the latest developer version, click the Download and Install button below the build description. Remember, it will take some time to complete the download and installation of Windows ; So be patient and after installing all the updates and restarting the device, the Parallels tool will be reinstalled; So you have to start it again.
For more information on adding a 64-bit program simulator to Windows 10 based on the logo, you can refer to the Microsoft blog post at this link .
Suggestions for better performance
For best performance, it is recommended that you change the application’s default processing cores to four cores. Because all Mac computers running the M1 processor have an eight-core CPU, the Mac OS retains access to the remaining four cores.
To increase kernel allocation, turn off the Windows Virtualization Machine, click the Action section in the menu bar, and select Config.
In the Hardware section, select “CPU and Memory” and use the drop-down box next to the processors to upgrade it from two to four cores. Finally close the config window and restart the virtual machine.
Once in desktop mode, you can emulate programs based on arm64 instructions and x86 and x64 programs; Unfortunately, as mentioned at the beginning, 32-bit logo programs, including Skype and the Windows software store, still do not work, and launching these programs will cause them to crash.
On the other hand, programs such as Microsoft Edge and other native arm64 programs run relatively well.
The following is an opinion from a member of the 9to5Mac website about using Parallels software:
I downloaded the Steam app and tested the Rocket League game to gauge its performance. The gaming experience was not perfect and certainly did not run at 60 frames per second; But at least it was playable. I can also use this software to watch 4K videos and content through the Microsoft Edge browser on YouTube, and use the Affinity Photo software to edit photos and much more.
In general, I was impressed by the consistency and smoothness of the animations and the performance of this software in the initial run of the game. Given that I had allocated four processing cores to the virtual machine and was working with half of the system resources, the geek benchmark scores were relatively impressive.
Running Windows on Parallels software on Apple Silicon processors will by no means be perfect; But the results show that it is much better than previously thought and may improve with subsequent updates. If there is a specific program in Windows that you want to run, you may be surprised by the results in the software. You can watch the video below for more information.