Parallels Desktop 18 arrives for Mac devices, bringing Windows 11 one-click set-up and more to M1/M2 and Intel macOS hardware.

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If you want to run Windows 11 on Apple M1/M2 devices, there are no official channels to do it. Microsoft says it won’t support the platform on M1/M2 Mac’s because of missing requirements, such as TPM 2.0. However, it is possible to run Windows 11 on M1/M2 silicon using virtualization platforms such as Parallels Desktop.

While there are several virtualization services around, Parallels remains largely the best. Now, Parallels Desktop 18 is launching with a bunch of handy new features. Leading the charge is the ability to one-click install Windows 11 on macOS.

Elsewhere, Version 18 also aims to bring better gaming on Windows when running on a Mac. Parallels has also given performance gains to devices with the M1 Ultra processor. It is also worth noting that Parallels does also run on Intel Mac devices.

Changelog

Below are the main changes coming to the new version of the program:

  • “Easy to Set Up – Download, install, and configure Windows 11 in one click.
  • Full support for Apple’s ProMotion display with automatic refresh rate changes and increased Apple M1 Ultra performance, allowing users to assign more RAM and CPU cores and run Windows 11 up to 96% faster on Mac Studio with Apple’s M1 Ultra chip. *
  • Enhanced Windows game play experience on a Mac. Users can now connect a game controller to their Mac, switch to Windows, and start playing, in addition to automatically sharing Xbox or DualShock Bluetooth game controllers with Windows and Linux. Enjoy smooth Windows UI and video playback, a higher frame rate, and much more.
  • Improved compatibility of Intel (x86) applications when running Windows 11 on ARM, specifically when saving and reading files from the Mac disk.

Improved USB 3.0 to support live data streaming devices, including Elgato HD60, Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture, and more.”

Tip of the day: The Windows Clipboard history feature provides the functionality across device, space, and time, letting you copy on one computer and paste the text days later on a different PC. All of it is possible via the Windows 10 clipboard manager, which lets you view, delete, pin, and clear clipboard history at will.

In our tutorial we show you how to enable the feature, clear clipboard history, and enable/disable clipboard sync to meet your preferences. You can also create a clear clipboard shortcut for quick removal of stored content.

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