Apple Silicon Macs Will Now Support Windows 11 Through VMware Fusion

Apple Silicon Macs Will Now Support Windows 11 Through VMware Fusion

VMware's VMware Fusion virtualization software has received a new update, supporting Windows 11 on Intel Macs and even Apple Silicon. The new update is available as a free tech preview and will help Mac users running Windows 11. Here are the details you need to know.

Use Windows 11 on Macs using VMware Fusion

VMware says Fusion's ability to run Windows 11 on Mac has been around for a long time and includes a number of new enhancements and features. It can also work with other virtual machines (VMs). For those unfamiliar, a virtual machine is system software that can mimic another computer system on another, in this case, Microsoft's Windows 11 on Apple's Mac devices.

Windows 11 Guests on Intel and Apple Silicon

It comes with improved Virtual TPM (Trusted Platform Module) with fast encryption, automatic key generation, and key storage via Keychain and can be used on any virtual machine, due to its Fast encoding support. This will only encrypt important files similar to the real Windows 11 TPM to improve the performance of the virtual machine while maintaining the security of the stored data.

Update VMware Fusion 12  also includes features like 2D GFX and networking, installs VMtools for Windows 11 GOS on M1, improves Linux support on M1, hardware acceleration of 3D graphics, and OpenGL 4.3 in Linux, among other things. Add Doa. VMware provides a single ".dmg" for installing Fusion software on  Intel and Apple Silicon Macs. The VMware Fusion update can be downloaded through the company's website.

Interesting and fun news, it also raises many problems. VMware specifies that this update is still a "work in progress" and therefore brings certain limitations. It does not support VMs of different architectures (x86_64 VMs on Mac M1), macOS, and Ubuntu 20.04.4 and 22.04 VMs for arm64.

Virtual Trusted Platform Module

To support Windows 11 requirements, TPM is required. With this release, we have improved our virtual TPM module by combining Rapid Encryption, automatic key generation, and key storage via Keychain with a TPM 2.0 virtual appliance configuration that is compatible with the requirements. Windows 11 system requirements. Of course, a vTPM device can be added to any virtual machine, but that virtual machine must have full or rapid virtual machine encryption enabled.

Fast Encryption

Fast Encryption in Windows 11 on Mac
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With the new "fast encryption" mode, only the most important parts of the virtual machine's local storage space are encrypted, which greatly improves the overall performance of the virtual machine, but provides a secure area for sensitive data such as device TPM. Fast encryption can be enabled for all types of virtual machines from the virtual machine settings. > Encryption window or in the New VM guide.

Encryption Key Auto-Generate and Store

To enhance the new fast encryption model, Fusion can automatically generate passwords for users, and the local keychain is used by default to store encryption keys, eliminating the need for users to enter a password every time. Start your virtual machine.

Encryption Key Auto-Generate and Store
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2D Graphics Drivers for Windows on ARM

To make Windows 11 look as good as possible, we provide the first version of our graphics driver. This WDDM driver allows users to adjust display settings in Windows to provide 4K and higher resolutions.

vmxnet3 Networking Drivers for Windows on ARM

Although Windows does not yet offer our vmxnet3 network driver for Windows on ARM as it currently does for Intel, the VMware Tools ISO on ARM contains  2 currently supported drivers for graphics and networking.