Last week from Craig Federighi, Apple’s Vice President of Software Engineering, the ARM version Windows 10 can run natively on Apple Silicon It’s an M1 Mac, but it was “really up to Microsoft.” The developers have found a workaround to enable the first virtualization of ARM Windows running successfully on the M1 Mac and claim that the performance is “quite fast”.
Federighi explained that the M1 Mac can certainly run the ARM version of Windows 10, but it’s up to Microsoft, so I elaborated on the issues Apple is currently facing and why Apple Silicon Mac can’t offer Boot Camp.
Not allowed under Microsoft’s current license ARM version of Windows 10 used by Apple (because it is not pre-installed).And earlier, Microsoft said there was no news to share when The Verge I was asked about changing to allow Boot Camp on ARM Mac.
It may be a bit off (if any) from Microsoft changing its mind about Windows ARM policies for running natively on the Mac. But in the meantime 8 bits Developer Alexander Graf discovered that he could tweak the OS to run as a virtualization on an M1 Mac, emphasizing that “it’s pretty snappy here 😄”.
Graf also said, “Windows ARM64 can run x86 applications very well. It’s not as fast as Rosetta 2, but it’s close.”
The 8-bit details the process that Graf performed to achieve this.
He was able to do this by running a Windows ARM64 Insider Preview by virtualizing it through Hypervisor.framework. According to Apple, this framework allows users to work with virtualization technology in user space without having to write kernel extensions (KEXT).
In addition, this was not possible without applying a custom patch to the QEMU virtualizer. QEMU is an open source machine emulator and virtualizer. It is known to “achieve near-native performance” by executing guest code directly on the host CPU. Therefore, it goes without saying that only ARM guests can be fully virtualized on an ARM machine such as an M1-enabled Mac.
Graf also wrote in one of his tweets: “Windows ARM64 can run x86 applications very well. It’s not as fast as Rosetta 2, but it’s close.”
Graf considers his process to be “certainly reproducible,” but of course it cannot provide a perfectly stable system.
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