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With M1 Macs mere days away for early adopters, those who need to run virtual machines on their Macs may have a bumpy time ahead.

It is important to note that currently available versions of Parallels® Desktop for Mac cannot run virtual machines on Mac with Apple M1 chip. Good news: A new version of Parallels Desktop for Mac that can run on Mac with Apple M1 chip is already in active development.

VMware is “a few months away” from releasing its macOS desktop hypervisor, Fusion, in a native version for Apple’s new M1 silicon. Product manager Michael Roy dropped the news on Twitter, after earlier saying news of the product was “in review” and would emerge this week. With UTM open on your M1 Mac, click the Create a New Virtual Machine button. I gave the VM the name “Windows 10”, added a note that this is “Windows 10 on Apple Silicon”, and added an optional operating system icon (see image below). Naming the UTM Virtual Machine Next, click the System tab.

When Apple Silicon Mac was first announced during the keynote at WWDC on June 22 of this year, Apple demoed a Parallels Desktop for Mac prototype running a Linux virtual machine flawlessly on Apple Silicon. Since WWDC, our new version of Parallels Desktop which runs on Mac with Apple M1 chip has made tremendous progress. We switched Parallels Desktop to universal binary and optimized its virtualization code; and the version that we are eager to try on these new MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro 13″ looks very promising.

  • Apple gave at least 12 years warning that they were transitioning to 64 bit. They gave several years warning that the M1 chip was coming. If third party developers chose to disregard the warnings, and the changing technology, that is not Apple's fault or responsibility.
  • On Apple M1 chip-powered Mac computers you can install Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview by watching the following video or by following the instructions in this article. You can provide your own Microsoft Windows license key, purchase Windows directly from within Parallels Desktop, or transfer an existing Boot Camp partition with Windows.

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VMWare Fusion isn’t ready yet either, according to this tweet:


So excited for todays announcements from @Apple!


While we're not quite ready to announce our timeline, we're happy to say that we are committed to delivering VMware virtual machines on #AppleSilicon!

— VMware Fusion (@VMwareFusion) November 10, 2020

Even when these and other virtualization tools are ready,1 running Windows as a VM atop a M1 Mac probably isn’t going to be. So far, all the public has seen running virtually on M1 Macs is ARM-based Linux, back at WWDC.

Microsoft has a version of Windows running on ARM chips, but as of this summer, things didn’t look great for getting it to run virtually on the new Macs:

“Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to OEMs,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. We asked Microsoft if it plans to change this policy to allow Windows 10 on ARM-based Macs, and the company says “we have nothing further to share at this time.”

That said, ARM Windows is getting better. Back in September, Microsoft announced that the ARM version of Windows 10 is gaining x64 emulation:

We are excited about the momentum we are seeing from app partners embracing Windows 10 on ARM, taking advantage of the power and performance benefits of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. We heard your feedback and are making Microsoft Edge faster while using less battery, and announced that we will soon release a native Microsoft Teams client optimized for Windows 10 on ARM. We will also expand support for running x64 apps, with x64 emulation starting to roll out to the Windows Insider Program in November. Because developers asked, Visual Studio Code has also been updated and optimized for Windows 10 on ARM. For organizations, we’re committed to helping them ensure their apps work with Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps on ARM64 devices with App Assure.

Before this, the ARM version of Windows could only emulate 32-bit applications. It’s a nice improvement, and maybe one day it will matter to Mac users.

  1. Oh, and Boot Camp is totes dead. Docker is currently busted, but should work in the future. ↩

WARNING for Apple M1 users

As of January, 2021, there is not a way to run Windows on an Apple M1 Macbook at this time.

Apple discontinued Bootcamp and neither Parallels nor VMware have released an update that supports the new M1 chip.

Mac memory and drive space requirements

The College of Engineering requires the following minimum specifications for Macs:

  • You need 16 GB of RAM (memory). A Windows VM needs 8 GB and your Mac will need another 8 GB in addition.
  • You need at least 250 GB of storage with at least 75 GB of free drive space (more may be needed depending on the number and size of Windows applications).

Note: Windows will not run on a flash/USB drive. If you don't have enough free drive space, you will need to either free upspace or find a different computer.

Video: How to check your Mac's memory and storage

Where to get the software

  • Windows 10 - visit UA's webstore via this link: and click on the Microsoft tab.
  • VMware Fusion - visit the same webstore: and click on the VMware tab and select the latest version of Fusion.
  • Bootcamp - built into MacOS. Look in Applications, Utilities for the Bootcamp Assistant.

Video: How to download and Install VMware Fusion


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Video: How to install Windows with Bootcamp

Common VMware Errors

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  • Broken Pipe Error

This occurs when you have not given permissions to VMware fusion on your Mac. Open system preferences on your mac, then click security and privacy. On the general tab, in the bottom half, you should see something similar to “System software from vendor “VMware, Inc.” was blocked from loading.” with option to click on “Allow”. You may need to click the lock at the bottom of the page to make changes. Once you click allow relaunch VMware fusion.

  • Not enough memory

If you get this error when trying to resume windows then you will need to go to the 'Virtual Machine' tab in the menu bar and click shut down. Once your virtual windows is shut down click on 'Settings...' under 'Virtual Machine.' This will bring up a window with system settings for the virtual machine, click on 'Processors and Memory.' Next, move the slider, or type in 8192. You will need to have at least 16 GB of RAM in order for your Mac to function properly.

  • Not enough hard drive space

If you didn't give your VM enough drive space and need to take more from your Mac side and move it to the windows side then first click the 'Virtual Machine tab' and select shut down to close the windows VM. Next click the 'Window' tab and select 'Virtual Machine Library.' Next, right click the VM that you want to give more drive space and click 'settings...' Next select 'Hard Disk' under removable devices and then move the slider or type in the amount of drive space that you would like to have.

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Note: The number you enter will be the total drive space that you have in windows not how much you are adding

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