Recently, the Windows 11 Insider build is released. Many PC enthusiasts like ourselves are excited to try this new operating system. Also, some Mac users are keen to try it on their systems. It is now not surprising that Windows 11 can run on Mac. You can do that both on Apple Silicon M1-based Mac and Intel Mac. Before getting into the details of how to run this OS on Mac, let’s first know the hardware requirement:
All Macs are not eligible to operate Windows 11 because this OS comes with more strict hardware requirements than Windows 10. Here are the hardware requirements:
If you want to efficiently run Windows 11 on Mac without much power consumption of the Mac hardware, then this method is perfect. It is a faster one compared to other methods in this list. If you want to use Windows 11 occasionally, it is recommended to create a Windows 11 virtual machine. It is an easy and safe method, but the only limitation is it offers poor performance. Few of the big games or apps may not run smoothly.
For creating a Windows 11 virtual machine on Mac, choose either VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop. They are one of the finest virtual machine software for Mac. Also, they come with an easy setup process. One prime benefit of these virtual machines is they don’t need to reboot or dual-boot your Mac each time you use Windows 11.
Here are the steps:
The above method (Option 1) will not work for a Mac that has only 128 GB of internal storage because Windows requires at least 70 GB to operate smoothly. In that case, the alternative approach is to install the OS on an external USB and then connect it to Mac.
For the same, WintoUSB Pro software is perfect. It needs a Windows virtual machine or Windows PC.
Follow these steps:
Apple’s app –Boot Camp allows you to set up a Windows boot with macOS on a solitary hard drive. This app contains macOS by default. So, there is no need to download or install any other software. No additional settings are needed. The Boot Camp app looks after all technical details.
After installation completes, Boot Camp will install Windows Support Software to confirm that all hardware is working well when Windows 11 is used on the Mac.
Though Boot Camp comes with useful features, it has several restrictions. If the Boot Camp does not work correctly, then you can still run Windows 11 on Mac. For that, you need to create a Windows 11 bootable USB. Here are all the steps:
After the installation process completes, you can directly run Windows 11 on the Mac.
If any of the hardware is not functioning properly in Windows partition or during installation, you need to install Windows Support Software on a USB drive with the help of the Boot Camp Assistant app. After the download completes, a WindowSupport folder will be available on the USB drive. Now switch to Windows 11 and double-click on the setup.exe present in the WindowsSupport BootCamp folder. Doing this installs the missing drivers for Windows 11 operating system.
From the discussed methods for running Windows 11 on Mac, you can prioritize the Boot Camp app method if the app is working well on Mac. If you don’t use Windows 11 extensively on Mac, the virtual machine method discussed above can be helpful. For the Mac with limited storage space, it is recommended to run Windows 11 on an external SSD and boot it from Mac once installation completes.