It’s official, the Parallels Desktop 17.1 version has arrived loaded with new features, and among the most important changes, the support of macOS Monterrey and Windows 11, the two most recent operating systems from Apple and Microsoft. In effect, this means that we can use Windows 11 without problems.
If you are concerned about the hardware issue on which you run Parallels Desktop 17.1, you can rest assured, since this version is compatible with Apple M1 SoCs, including the new Apple M1 Pro and Apple M1 Max used in the 2021 MacBook Pros, and also with the Intel processors. This means that you can use such software whether you have an ARM-based computer or one based on the x86 architecture.
In the official article dedicated to Parallels Desktop 17.1 published by Parallels, we can find a summary with the most important news that this new version brings. Among them we can highlight:
- We will be able to run Windows 11 with a vTPM added by default to meet its minimum requirements.
- You can expand the default virtual disk size from 32GB to 64GB
- Performance with 3D graphics has been improved in certain games under Linux, via VirGL.
- It has also improved performance in certain Windows games, such as World of Warcraft, Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition, Tomb Raider 3, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, World of Tanks, and Raft.
In case you have any doubts, I clarify that the version of Parallels Desktop 17.1 offers full compatibility with Windows 11, which contrasts with the statements made by Microsoft at the time, saying that this operating system could not be used on Mac computers with M1 chips, not even using virtualization. Support may change at some point if Microsoft decides to take action, but I think that is unlikely.
If you need more information, or want to check the prices of Parallels Desktop 17, I leave you this link where we publish all the keys to your official announcement.