Parallels Desktop for Mac with Apple M1 chips limitations

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Due to the peculiarities of ARM architecture Parallels Desktop for Mac computers with Apple M1 chip has some limitations contrary to Parallels Desktop for Mac computers with Intel processors. 

Below you can find a full list of limitations that Parallels Desktop for Mac with Apple M1 chip contains. 

Missing features

The following Parallels Desktop features are not supported in Parallels Desktop for Mac computers with Apple M1 chips yet:

Architecture

Apple M1 chip is built on ARM architecture. Virtual machines (VMs) created on Intel-based Mac computers have x86_64 CPU architecture that is fundamentally different from the ARM architecture.

Therefore, a virtual machine created on a Mac with an Intel processor cannot be used on a Mac with Apple M1 chip, and vise-versa

If you are switching from a Mac with an Intel processor to a Mac with Apple M1 chip or the other way around, you can copy personal data between Intel-based and ARM-based virtual machines.

Third-party applications

Software applications are heavily dependent on a computer's CPU architecture: an application that is compiled/created for one architecture, cannot be easily run on another architecture. However, thanks to the Microsoft built-in emulator the majority of applications can easily run in Windows on ARM.

However, if you experience an issue with 3rd-party applications, we advise you to try following the steps from KB 128796.

The unsupported applications on ARM architecture

Based on our own tests and feedback from customers, few apps are not supported to run in Windows 11 on ARM yet. Luckily, the number of such apps is quite limited. 

If you want to share your experience and findings with others, you can do that on our Forum

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