Parallels 17 running Windows

Windows 11 is going to be here before we know it, but for those without patience, you can run a prerelease version of the OS now. Not only can you run it now, but you can actually jump into Parallels 17 on Mac and run the preview build of Windows 11 right this minute.

Running Windows 11 on Mac With Parallels 17

With Parallels 17, you can hop in a test the latest version of Windows in a window on your Mac. Obviously, it’ll run the final version of Windows 11 when it comes out, but it also runs the preview build that’s available right now.

If you’re running an Intel Mac, you can run the standard Windows 11 build without issue. You’ll get the whole Windows experience in a nice little window on your Mac, and it should run as well as the preview build of Windows 11 runs anywhere else.

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However, if you’re running an M1 Mac, you’ll be limited to Windows on Arm. It’s not impossible to run the Windows 11 preview on ARM machines, but the x86 emulation has some issues that’ll make using it far less enjoyable, and the x64 app emulation is not ready for prime time. These issues aren’t exclusive to Parallels. Any Arm machines running Windows 11’s preview are going to deal with them.

What Else Does Parallels 17 Do?

Outside of support for Windows 11, Parallels 17 is also macOS Monterey ready. Those with M1 Macs will see up to 28 percent better DirectX 11 performance over Parallels 16. In addition, there are all sorts of other performance improvements that’ll make running Windows on your Mac a more enjoyable experience.

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If you’re interested in picking up Parallels 17, you can snag a copy for $79.99 per year for the Standard Edition. Students can get in for $39.99 per year, which is a substantial discount.

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