• I'm on a Mac Mini M1 with Big Sur 11.3.1
  • Fresh trial install of Parallels Desktop 16.5.0 Pro Edition
  • I'm not seeing the option "Install macOS Using the Recovery Partition", as described in their KB article.

enter image description here

My screen looks like this:

enter image description here

  • Could't confirm this with a quick search, but the recovery partition is different with M1, maybe this creates problems?
    – X_841
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 15:29
  • @X_841 I have no idea. Parallels is advertising M1 readyness... Commented May 20, 2021 at 15:36

1 Answer 1


Parallels support chat told me that macOS vm's are not (yet) supported on M1 processors.

I should follow https://kb.parallels.com/125053.

  • 1
    Also deep inthe press release saying the fully suport the M1 parallels.com/news/press-releases/show/2021-pd16-5-m1chip s they say macOS Big Sur in a VM is a feature that Parallels hopes to add support for in Parallels Desktop later this year.
    – mmmmmm
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 15:53
  • @mmmmmm Thanks for digging that out. I cannot create any macOS vm, not just Big Sur. Commented May 21, 2021 at 15:55
  • Well on an M1 that is not surprising only Big Sur runs on a M1 everything else requires an Intel or PPC chip. Parallels is a virtual machine so only runs the same CPU as the host - for a different CPU you need an emulator e.g. QEMU.
    – mmmmmm
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 15:58
  • Makes sense. Looks like I'll have to buy an Intel mac or get this to work on VirtualBox somehow. Not the first time I'm regretting that M1 purchase by now. I'm getting too old to play early adopter *sigh. Commented May 21, 2021 at 16:00
  • Virtual Box will have the same issue - but I don't think they are on Arm yet. Yes you need an Intel box
    – mmmmmm
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 16:02

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .