With the arrival of the Apple M1 chip on Macs, the native possibility of installing Windows 10 via Boot Camp died. Well, a developer named Alexander Graf decided to roll up his sleeves and managed to put the version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system for this type of chip on a Mac with Apple Silicon.
Installation is not quite as simple as it is possible on Apple computers with Intel processors, but at least Windows 10 is running without emulation. Microsoft’s operating system was virtualized based on the open source QEMU, which aligned the ARM side of Windows with the hardware instructions present on the M1. It worked and as expected from virtualization: direct access to hardware, natively.
Windows 10 programs run well on Apple Silicon
The big problem of having Windows 10 in ARM version can appear when running programs created for x86 processors. Apparently this was not the case with this virtualization. “Windows 10 ARM64 can run x86 applications very well. It is not as fast as in Rosetta 2, but it comes close ”, says Graf.
The QEMU used received a custom patch by the developer and the version of Windows 10 installed is part of Microsoft’s testing program, Insider. Virtualization was based on Apple’s Hypervisor.framework and the inserted notes by Alexander Graf remember that there are some problems, such as the lack of Wi-Fi and the virtualized CPU is always at 100%.
Even so, with the processor allocated to virtualization always at the top of usage, overall performance is rated by the developer as almost native.
With information: MacRumors.