What you need to know
- A new Parallels 17.1 update improves matters for both Windows 11 and macOS Monterey users.
- Windows 11 virtual machines are now improved, while Parallels will now run more happily on a macOS Monterey machine.
- macOS Monterey virtual machines are now supported.
A new Parallels Desktop 17.1 for Mac update has improved support for Windows 11 as well as macOS Monterey virtual machines, while the app itself will now happily run on Apple's upcoming operating system, too.
The release, announced via a blog post, makes some important changes to Windows 11 support including automatic enablement of vTPM. Windows 11 requires a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in order to install, something Macs and virtual machines don't have. That's where the virtual part of things kicks in.
Users of all editions of Parallels Desktop 17 (Standard, Pro & Business) will be able to run Windows 11 with the use of a vTPM added by default to meet the minimum requirements of Windows 11
What's more, macOS Monterey can now run in a virtual machine on Apple's M1 Macs with default virtual machine disk sizes increased.
Now, Parallels Desktop 17.1 users can install Parallels Tools in a macOS Monterey VM on Apple M1 Mac and use the Copy and Paste integrated feature between the VM and the primary macOS. Additionally, the default virtual machine disk size increases from 32 GB to 64 GB.
Other improvements include improved graphics performance for gaming and more. You can read all about the ins and outs on the Parallels blog right now.
Parallels is one of the best Mac solutions for running virtual machines and the team will hope this new update helps ensure it remains that way.
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