The problem is well known: Since Apple built their own chips, Windows and especially Windows 11 are officially no longer available for the Mac – Microsoft just doesn’t want to, but they could. Now the real reason for the “stubbornness” comes out.
Windows on the Mac may make a “real” Apple fan shudder, but for many years it has been a useful thing for quite a few users. Simply by Boot camp or virtualization, run one or the other Windows app or dare to play a game? No problem.
Secret treaty thwarted Windows 11 on the Mac
But then this harmony of the systems was over. For the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max there is no Boot Camp from Apple and no Windows from Microsoft. The latter is also available for ARM processors and therefore also runs on the M1, but Microsoft refuses to officially license it and bring it to the Mac. Why so stubborn, ladies and gentlemen in Redmond?
Now the real reason comes out: So far, there is a secret and exclusive contract between Qualcomm and Microsoft. Does Windows mean for the ARM architecture can only run on devices with Qualcomm chips, so Microsoft’s hands are tied (source: XDA-Developers).
The installation of Windows 11 with Parallels on the M1 Mac succeeds more or less unofficially (see video):
But there is hope, because according to the sources, it should Secret agreement to expire soon and the way for Windows 11 to the Mac would be free. However, it is not known what “soon” means and whether Microsoft would actually be interested in such a solution. So far this has always been denied. Ergo: wait and see.
Previous solution to the dilemma
So far, owners of an M1 Mac have to Grab Parallels 16.5 or higher and unofficially help yourself. The VM software can run the “Insider Preview” of Windows 10 and 11, but this is often associated with problems and is of course not officially supported by Microsoft. The variants mentioned are experimental developer versions that are not actually intended for everyday use and cannot be formally acquired.