Parallels Desktop for Mac is moving to version 17.1, bringing better support for Windows 11 virtual machines with it. With this release, users will be able to access Virtual Trusted Platform Mobile (vTPMs) as a default for Windows 11 VMs on Apple Mac devices.
This is important because it means Parallels Desktop is taking an important step towards the compatibility requirements for Windows 11.
While Microsoft requires TPM, there are ways to install Windows 11 without needing TPM. Our complete tutorial shows several methods for installing Windows 11 without TPM 2.0.
For Mac users running Apple’s M1 processor, this is big news, because Parallels is currently the best way to get Windows 11 running on those machines. As we reported in September, Microsoft is so far not supporting Windows 11 on M1 Macs.
This was also limiting or Parallels Desktop, as only the Windows on ARM version was compatible with the service. Users have needed to have a virtual hard disk file of Windows 11 to run it with Parallels 17.
Parallels has taken matters into its own hand and added a virtual TPM chip. You may remember Microsoft says devices must have TPM as one of the requirements to run Windows 11. By adding the feature in virtual form, Parallels Desktop 17 now basically runs Windows 11 with full support.
As mentioned, this is as good as it gets because it looks like Microsoft will not be offering official Windows 11 support to M1 Mac’s anytime soon.
As for Parallels, it remains there for users who simply must have Windows 11 on their Mac device, for whatever reason. Desktop 17 is now available and costs $79.99 per year for the standard version. If you want a perpetual license, or the Business/Pro versions, it will cost you $99.99 each year.
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