How to Install Windows on a MacBook with Chip M

As an avid MacBook user, I often find myself needing to use software or applications that are exclusive to Windows. While macOS offers a great user experience, it’s undeniable that certain tasks are more efficient or even exclusive to the Windows operating system. That’s why I decided to explore the process of installing Windows on my MacBook with the new Apple Silicon Chip M. In this article, I will guide you through the steps to successfully install Windows on your MacBook with Chip M, giving you the best of both worlds.


Before diving into the installation process, there are a few things you’ll need:

  1. A MacBook with Chip M: This guide is specifically for the newer MacBook models featuring the Apple Silicon Chip M. Ensure your MacBook is compatible before proceeding.
  2. An external storage device: You’ll need a USB drive with sufficient capacity to create a bootable Windows installer.
  3. A Windows ISO file: Obtain a Windows ISO file from the official Microsoft website or through other legitimate sources.

Step-by-Step Guide

Now, let’s get started with the installation process:

Step 1: Prepare the Bootable USB Drive

To begin, you’ll need to create a bootable USB drive with the Windows installer. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Connect the USB drive to your MacBook.
  2. Open the “Disk Utility” application.
  3. Select your USB drive from the sidebar.
  4. Click on the “Erase” tab and choose “MS-DOS (FAT)” as the format.
  5. Give the USB drive a name and click “Erase” to format it.
  6. Once the formatting is complete, close Disk Utility.

Step 2: Download and Install Parallels Desktop

To run Windows on your MacBook, we’ll use Parallels Desktop, a virtualization software that allows you to run multiple operating systems simultaneously. Follow these steps to install Parallels Desktop:

  1. Visit the Parallels website and download the latest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac.
  2. Once the download is complete, double-click the installer package to begin the installation process.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Parallels Desktop on your MacBook.

Step 3: Create a Virtual Machine

Now that Parallels Desktop is installed, it’s time to create a virtual machine for Windows. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch Parallels Desktop from the Applications folder.
  2. Click on the “+” button in the top menu to create a new virtual machine.
  3. In the “Installation Assistant” window, click on “Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file.”
  4. Select the Windows ISO file you downloaded earlier and click “Continue.”
  5. Parallels will automatically detect the Windows version. Click “Continue” to proceed.
  6. Choose a name and location for your virtual machine, and click “Create.”

Step 4: Install Windows on the Virtual Machine

With the virtual machine created, it’s time to install Windows. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Parallels Control Center, select the virtual machine you just created and click “Play” to start it.
  2. The Windows installation process will begin. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows on the virtual machine.
  3. Once the installation is complete, you’ll have a fully functional Windows environment within Parallels Desktop.

Step 5: Enjoy Windows on your MacBook

Now that Windows is successfully installed on your MacBook with Chip M, you can start exploring and using the operating system. Parallels will provide you with a seamless integration between macOS and Windows, allowing you to switch between the two effortlessly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I install Windows on any MacBook model?

This guide is specifically for MacBook models with the Apple Silicon Chip M. It may not be applicable to older MacBook models with Intel processors.

Do I need to purchase a Windows license?

Yes, you will need a valid Windows license to activate and use the operating system on your MacBook.

Can I dual boot macOS and Windows on my MacBook?

Currently, dual booting macOS and Windows on a MacBook with Chip M is not officially supported. The method outlined in this guide uses virtualization software to run Windows within macOS.

How much storage space should I allocate for the virtual machine?

It is recommended to allocate a sufficient amount of storage space for the virtual machine, depending on your intended usage. Consider the size of the Windows installation, any applications or files you plan to use within Windows, and the available storage capacity on your MacB

Can I uninstall Windows from my MacBook if I no longer need it?

Yes, you can uninstall Windows by deleting the virtual machine created by Parallels Desktop. This will free up the allocated storage space and remove Windows from your MacBook.

Will installing Windows on my MacBook affect the performance or stability of macOS?

Installing Windows on a MacBook with Chip M using virtualization software like Parallels Desktop should not significantly impact the performance or stability of macOS. However, it’s always recommended to have sufficient system resources (such as RAM and storage) to ensure smooth operation when running multiple operating systems simultaneously.

Can I use other virtualization software instead of Parallels Desktop?

While Parallels Desktop is commonly used for running Windows on Mac, there are alternative virtualization software options available, such as VMWare Fusion and Oracle VirtualBox. However, the specific steps and procedures may vary depending on the software used.

Can I use this method to install other operating systems besides Windows?

Yes, virtualization software like Parallels Desktop allows you to install and run various operating systems besides Windows, including Linux distributions and other macOS versions.

Is it possible to access files and folders between macOS and the Windows virtual machine?

Yes, Parallels Desktop provides file sharing capabilities that allow you to easily transfer files and folders between macOS and the Windows virtual machine. You can drag and drop files or use shared folders to exchange data between the two operating systems.

Remember to always exercise caution and ensure you have backups of your important data before making any changes to your MacBook’s operating system or installing new software.