Hansaka98
Contributor
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Can I install VMware workstation Pro inside another Windows VM on a MacBook pro with M1 chip?

Hi All, Im student and I have almost all my lectures in VMware workstation. As I'm using a MacBook pro with M1 chip I need to install the VMware Workstation in another VM which has Windows OS inside my mac. I really do not know the possibility of this and I would highly appreciate if anyone could assist me with this matter.

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scott28tt
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Workstation runs x86-based VMs and needs an x86-based host OS, which a Fusion VM running on an M1 cannot be.

In short, no.

 


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Technogeezer
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VMware Workstation only runs on operating systems that run on 64-bit Intel processors. Your M1 Mac is not an 64-bit Intel processor, and virtualization solutions such as Parallels or VMware Fusion do not emulate 64-bit Intel CPUS. 

If you need to run Windows on an M1 Mac, you have 2 ways to do that.

  • Run Windows 11 ARM under Fusion or Parallels
  • Run Windows x86/x64 using an Intel chip emulator such as UTM.
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Unless they provide M1 Mac VM's, the simple answer is no.   There's no way to make it work with even remotely acceptable performance.

You'll need to get either native VMs - aka Windows 11 for ARM or Linux ARM (which I suspect isn't offered), or use an intel machine.

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