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Developer successfully gets Windows to run on M1 Mac, says it's "pretty snappy"

By Kenny Yeo - on 30 Nov 2020, 10:05am

Developer successfully gets Windows to run on M1 Mac, says it's "pretty snappy"

(Image source: AppleInsider)

A developer has successfully got Windows to run on one of Apple's new M1 Macs.

This minor feat was achieved using QEMU, a popular virtualisation tool and custom patches.

Details of the workaround are detailed in this article by The 8-Bit. Apparently, the developer, Alexander Graf, got a preview version of ARM Windows to run by using the Hypervisor.framework.

This particular framework supposedly lets users run virtualisation technologies without having to write kernel extensions.

In terms of performance, Graf says it's "snappy" but also said that users should not expect a perfectly stable system yet.

Since the announcement of the new M1 Macs, users have been asking Apple about support for Windows. Clearly, it's a requirement that's high on many people's list.

Craig Federighi, Apple's software engineering chief, recently responded in an interview and said that the new M1 chip and Macs have the core technologies to run Windows but it's "really up to Microsoft" to make it happen.

Source: AppleInsiderThe 8-Bit

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