Parallels Desktop for Mac compatibility with Windows 11 - Known Issues

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Parallels engineers have been putting thousands of hours into Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac development and testing to make sure it fully supports Windows 11. Most of the issues we ran into have been resolved, some have workarounds, and there are just a few we’re still working hard on to resolve. 

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Known issues 

Issue Workaround
 1  Settings or Start menu not working correctly in Windows 11 on Mac computers with Apple M1 chips  Follow the steps from KB 128611.
 2  Can't upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11. Your PC doesn't meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11 error message. Windows requires TPM chip and Secure Boot.

 Fixed in Parallels Desktop 17.1.0.

 3  The processor isn't supported for this version of Windows error message upon trying to upgrade to Windows 11 using PC Health Check app.  Follow the steps from KB 128517.
 4  Unable to add a TPM chip in Parallels Desktop 16 on a Mac with Apple M1 chip.

Parallels Desktop 16 doesn't support this feature on Mac computers with Apple M1 chip. 

Fixed in Parallels Desktop 17.

 5  Unable to create a new Windows 11 virtual machine on a Mac with an Intel processor.

 Fixed in Parallels Desktop 17.1.0. Learn more in KB 128449.

 6  An upgrade to Windows 11 isn't presented in the list of updates upon checking for updates in Windows Settings.                                                                                                                                                               

According to Microsoft, the "upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue

into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device". But you can upgrade to Windows 11 by downloading a Windows 11 ISO, mounting it to the virtual machine (Devices > CD/DVD > tick the image), and following the upgrade procedure from Windows 10 to Windows 11 as a usual upgrade. Alternatively, you can create a new Windows 11 virtual machine as described in KB 128449.


 Can't switch to the Beta channel in Windows 11.

 Fixed in Parallels Desktop 17.0.1

 8  After creating a new Windows 11 virtual machine, Windows 11 prompts the This PC must support the TPM 2.0 error message. 

 Fixed in Parallels Desktop 17.1.0.

 9  Windows 11 can't be updated - it gets stuck after reaching 8% due to the absence of the TPM 2.0 chip. 
 10  Visual artifacts when moving a Windows application in Coherence mode  Fixed in Parallels Desktop 17.













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