Parallels Desktop 18: Now You Can Enjoy Windows 11 on M1 and Intel Macs

Parallels Desktop has long been the virtualization tool of choice for Mac users who need to run Windows or Linux in a virtual machine on their desktops. That being said, the company faced a major shake-up in 2020 when Apple announced plans to transition all of its Macs to Apple Silicon chips.

Parallels Desktop is revolutionary software that allows macOS users to open a Windows session right in a window without having to restart.

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  • Release date : 08/01/2022
  • Author: Parallels International GmbH
  • License: Demonstration
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  • Operating system : macOS

The Arm-based M1 and M2 chips used in the latest Macs can no longer run the Intel x86 version of Windows. As a result, some Macs had to use the Arm version of Windows, which itself has had some problems over the past few years. Also, due to various performance and compatibility issues with existing Intel software, Windows on Arm (WoA) was not really usable as it was. Parallels’ main attraction – running Windows on a Mac – has started to falter.

Windows 11 Arm integrated into Parallels

However, both Apple Silicon chips and the Arm version of Windows have come a long way in recent years. As a result, Parallels Desktop 18 is now a fully viable solution. The company has worked with Microsoft to allow Mac M1 or M2 owners to download and purchase the Arm version of Windows 11 directly from Parallels Desktop 18. “Microsoft has no problem with that,” a Parallels spokesperson told us.

Parallels Desktop 18: Windows on Arm

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Up to 62 GB of RAM and 18 cores

The company was also pleased that Microsoft now provides “99.99%” compatibility with existing Intel software. Of course, compatibility isn’t everything, especially if the software has poor performance. However, Parallels now has two years to fine-tune the performance of virtual machines using Apple Silicon chips. Along with high performance processors like the M1 Ultra, Parallels Desktop 18 now allows you to assign up to 62 GB of RAM and 18 CPU cores to your virtual machines. The company claims this represents a performance jump of around 96% over the previous version of the software. And, as always, Parallels Desktop also lets you create virtual machines using Arm versions of Linux such as Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian. All this while maintaining compatibility with older Intel-based Macs.

Parallels Desktop 18: TPM and USB

Parallels Desktop 18 introduces a virtual TPM chip (required for Windows 11) and improves USB support. Images: Cliff Joseph/.com.

Other new features include support for the next version of macOS (Ventura) both as a host OS and as a virtual machine. Others include compatibility with Apple ProMotion 120Hz displays and improved USB support for Windows-based audio/video capture and streaming devices.

Prices and subscriptions

Pro Parallels Desktop 18 offers developers enhanced network management known as Network Conditioner. A feature previously only available on Intel-based Macs. You can isolate virtual machines (for greater security) by preventing them from sharing applications or folders with the host Mac. There is a new command line interface for developers who need to automate tests on their virtual machines. The Business edition now offers SSO/SAML authentication for logging in with a corporate account, as well as improved tools for deploying virtual machines on multiple machines at the same time.

Parallels Desktop 18 Pro Features

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Parallels Desktop 18 costs $99.99 per year (for the standard single user version), which is slightly higher than previous versions. You can also buy the standard version with a “perpetual license” for 129.99 euros. Please note that this version requires you to pay for future updates separately. Discounts are also available for education users. The Pro version costs €119.99 per year and the Business version for professional users costs €149.99.

A free 14-day trial is also available. In this way, Mac users (running Intel or Arm) can get an idea of ​​the performance of the software in their favorite applications.


The main alternative to Parallels Desktop has long been VMware Fusion. Support for Windows 11 virtual machines on Apple Silicon chips has recently been added to the software. However, this solution is currently only available in beta (technical preview).

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