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Activation Error Windows 10 Pro - ARM64 on Apple Silicon

I have a question. I use several computers at home. One is a windows intel based computer using Windows 10. This computer is activated. I have a subscription to the windows insider program since installing that computer. Windows 10 is enough for me, when I need Pro or Enterprise I just use a computer at my office.

Now I've bought a new computer, MacMini M1 16/512. And of course, wanting the best of both worlds, I would like to use Parallels to install Windows 10. With the new ARM base M1 however, I have to download and install Windows 10 Pro. And, of course, the windows installation reports it cannot activate as there is no Win10Pro key available (and, as it's in a virtual environment on an non-windows computer, even having another pre-existing key would not be enough to activate, I presume).

So the question is: do I have to get a 300 dollar license just to run windows 10 ARM64 inside parallels, or is there a "home" version upcoming for a normal budget? I understand why the Pro version is more expensive, but I don't use Pro features for my home environment.

Please advise. Thank you in advance!

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Hi,
I would like to check if the issue has been fixed? If yes, please help accept answer. If you need any additional assistance, please feel free to feedback.
Best Regards,
Danny

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Hi Danny,

Well no, not really. The question ‘is there a home arm version upcoming’ has not been answered. I’m not going to invest in a win 10 pro arm key if a win 10 home arm version is upcoming.

Your comment to take it up with apple or parallels: that would not answer the question. It works fine, but only if I use win 10 pro. I don’t think I’ll be getting an answer soon, so I’m going to close this thread. Thanks for the effort though!

Regards,
Robert

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RobertBaas-8983 answered

I’m going to answer this myself: the only way to activate on M1 Apple Silicon using Parallels is by buying an expensive Win 10 Pro for Arm license. No Arm Home version is upcoming.

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YuhanDeng-MSFT answered CraigPhillips-1646 commented

Hi,
To get Windows 10 home, you can refer to the link below:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-10-home/d76qx4bznwk4?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab
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Please take a look and see if it suits your need.
About using Parallels to install Windows 10 in MAC,I would suggest that you contact Apple and see if there‘re any limitations.

Thanks for your time.
Best regards,
Danny


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Hi Danny,

Thanks for taking the time to respond, but that’s obviously not going to work, as my macmini uses apple silicon M1, which is Arm based. Windows must therefore be Arm based as well.

Windows 10 Home is not Arm compatible right now. The question was therefore, is Home Arm coming or does anyone using the new M1 need to fork out a 300 dollar license.

Regards
Robert

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Hi,
Please check this document below:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/arm/
Since we’re not very familiar with the support of Apple M1, for more details, I would suggest that you consult Apple for their advice.

Thanks for your time.
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Danny


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I have consulted Apple and they said to consult Microsoft. Caught in the middle of this issue. I'm sure it will be resolved in the future. Having said that, at least let us M1 users know if its being worked on or do we just have a dead herring on our hands. Maybe an update would be in order from someone, Microsoft is the issuing office so it would seam to me the ball is in MS court, not Apple or Parallels....

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