Oracle released VirtualBox 7 as a beta version. Probably the most popular free solution for setting up virtual machines (you can find everything about it in this VirtualBox guide) not only learns a few new tricks in version 7, it also finally becomes officially compatible Apple's M-Macs. Without much fanfare, Oracle not only updated the classic Mac version, but also released a native version for M1/M2/Mx Macs. Reason to pop the champagne corks? Spoilers: nope...
Virtualbox for Apple Silicon: Still a long way to go
To make it short: You can go to the Beta Releases actually download a version of the virtualization solution from VirtualBox that works natively and directly on Macs with M1 or M2 processors. To do this, select the entry with *macOSAArch64.dmg and install the version. So much for the good news.
The bad: At least as of this tutorial, it's pretty much useless to you. The reason: Officially, the ARM version of VirtualBox only supports it so far 32-bit operating systems, even if you supposedly can activate 64-bit support when setting up a virtual machine. Windows 11 or Windows 10 are already gone and acknowledge the start in Virtualbox on an M1 Mac with an error message.
Even the specially adapted one ARM version of Windows 11, which are sold under Parallels and Co. works perfectly, can be accessed after a successful download via the Windows Insider Program not import into VirtualBox 7 on Mac.
In my quick tests on an M1 Pro MacBook, I wasn't even able to start ARM Linux under VirtualBox 7. Noisy VirtualBox forum the ARM release of the virtualization software is currently at best a very early tech demo that will take a while to mature. If you have had a different experience, please let us know ;-)
After all, the VirtualBox 7 beta on x86 systems officially and directly supports Windows 11 and even does that Virtualization of macOS easier.
Windows on ARM Macs: Alternatives
Until VirtualBox on ARM Macs is ready, commercial solutions such as Parallels Desktop or VMWare are probably the best way to use Windows 10 or 11 on Apple Silicon - despite various stumbling blocks. With UTM but there is one more Open source alternative to VirtualBox, which probably also enables Windows 11 on Apple Silicon with a little tinkering.
So far, my (admittedly rather half-hearted) attempts at walking with it have not yet been crowned with success. If you know of another solution to simply use Windows or Linux on ARM Macs, please let us know.
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