How to run Windows 1 on an M11 Mac for free

Xiaobai Software  2022-04-15 13: 27  read 584 views

if you want in yourM1 Macrunning Windows 11 on theM1 MacRun Windows 11 in a virtual machine on your computer for free.

We'll cover how to install, setup and run Windows 11 ARM on any Apple Silicon Mac, it doesn't matter if it has an M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra or any other M chip, thanks to the UTM app, it all work fine.

Note that this walkthrough is specific to Apple Silicon Macs.Intel Macs offer many other ways to run Windows 11 in a virtual machine, such as in VirtualBox, VMware, Parallels, and more.

How to run Windows 1 ARM on any M11 Mac

1.  Download UTM for freeApplications, which is a virtualizer and emulator application, and drag it into the Applications folder to install it on your Mac.

2. FromMicrosoft free downloadWindows 11 virtual machine for ARM (you need a Windows Insider login, if you haven't already, you can sign up for free).


3. Open UTM on your Mac and click the + plus button to create a new virtual machine.


4. Select "Virtualize" on the "I Want to" screen, then select Windows.


5. Click the "Browse" button, select the Windows 11 VHDX ARM image you downloaded, select "Import Image", and click Next.


6. Select the amount of RAM and CPU cores you want to assign to Windows 11 (8GB or higher of RAM is recommended for better performance) and click Next again.

7. On the summary screen, select Save.

8. Now hit the big play button to start the Windows 11 virtual machine and start the installation.


9. Go through the Windows 11 setup process as usual, selecting your region, account name, etc. - note that the network and internet are not working yet, this requires an additional setup process, which we'll cover later - so select You don't have a network connection right now, Let Windows 11 set it up for itself.


10. Wait a few minutes for Windows 11 to start running in the virtual machine on the M1 Mac.

11. To get internet access in a Windows 11 virtual machine, download from the UTM websiteSPICE Guest Tools ISO.

12. In the active Windows 11 virtual machine, click the CD icon in the toolbar, select CD/DVD Iso > Change > and select the spice-guest-tools-xxx.iso file you just downloaded.


13. Open the mounted D:\ drive in Windows Explorer, then run the SPICE Guest Tools installer in Windows, and restart the virtual machine after the installation is complete.


14. The virtual machine will reboot and Windows 11 will now be connected to the internet.


You can now run Windows 11 ARM with Apple Silicon processors on Macs.

Remember, you have to install the SPICE client tool in order to have internet access in your Windows 11 virtual machine, without it your virtual machine will not have internet access.


Windows 11 ARM runs just fine on Macs, although performance with UTM may not be as good as some of the other virtualization tools you're used to elsewhere.But as a free solution that's easy to set up, it's quite doable and usable.

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