Windows 10 on Apple's M1 Macs

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Windows 10 on Apple's M1 Macs

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Parallels just released a new version of its virtual desktop tool, Desktop 16.5, that supports Windows 10 on M1 Macs.

However, there’s a catch. Parallels Desktop 16.5 only supports ARM-based operating systems. There is an ARM version of Windows 10, but it’s only available for those who are enrolled in the Windows Insider program. Anyone can enroll in the program, but Windows 10 for ARM is still a preview version, and there’s a good chance you’ll run into bugs or glitches.

Parallels claims running a Windows 10 on its virtual machine on an M1 Mac nets up to a 30% increase in performance over a Windows 10 virtual machine running on a MacBook Pro with a high-end Intel processor. It also claims users will see up to a 60% performance increase with DirectX 11 applications compared to an Intel-based MacBook Pro with a Radeon Pro 555X GPU.

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:up:

I really want an M1 MacBook Pro.

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i seem to recall hearing that that version of windows is barely functional

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TOS wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:30 am

i seem to recall hearing that that version of windows is barely functional

The OS itself is perfectly functional. However, there is almost no non-Microsoft software available for it - which makes it non-functional for most purposes.

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maurvir wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:36 am
TOS wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:30 am

i seem to recall hearing that that version of windows is barely functional

The OS itself is perfectly functional. However, there is almost no non-Microsoft software available for it

...yet.

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Yeah, once there is some decent software for Windows 10 on ARM, I think Intel should start looking to exit the consumer space, because that's pretty much the writing on the wall.

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maurvir wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:39 pm

Yeah, once there is some decent software for Windows 10 on ARM, I think Intel should start looking to exit the consumer space, because that's pretty much the writing on the wall.

Windows for ARM has been out for quite a few years now. If it was going to develop a good application selection it seems like we would have seen that happen by now.

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Pariah wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:51 pm
maurvir wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:39 pm

Yeah, once there is some decent software for Windows 10 on ARM, I think Intel should start looking to exit the consumer space, because that's pretty much the writing on the wall.

Windows for ARM has been out for quite a few years now. If it was going to develop a good application selection it seems like we would have seen that happen by now.

For the longest, Microsoft treated the ARM port as a red-headed stepchild and released incredibly locked down configurations on underpowered, underwhelming machines. Now that Apple has shown that it can be a serious contender, that will likely change. If it does, I suspect developers will start porting their software.

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Yeah.

x64 isn't progressing, and every major player knows it.

ARM is moving on up.

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I feel like getting Parallels because it just runs so neatly. And I got the 16GB M1.
But I don't game so what's the point?

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wellfleation wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:48 pm

SIC
I feel like getting Parallels because it just runs so neatly. And I got the 16GB M1.
But I don't game so what's the point?

i can't think of one

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Right! I already have MS 365 running native too.
There is zero point.
Now if I could use my Windows work apps on my Mac that would be a different story. The State of Massachusetts would never allow that though (I work for the Sate).

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