How to play Heroes 3 HotA on MacOS with M1/M2 Apple

Thanks to Alexey, we have a great tutorial on how to play Windows games on M1/M2 Macs. I have no idea how MacOS works, but I hope this tutorial will help someone.

  1. You need Parallels Desktop with M1 support —
  2. Also you need an insider account on Microsoft web site to download WIN 11 for ARM —
  3. Then you need to download WIN 11 for ARM —
  4. Download Heroes 3 Horn of the Abyss
  5. Set compatibility mode for the game link (Properties→Compatibility→Compatibility mode→Run this program in compatibility mode with Windows 98; also there — Windows on ARM→Change Emulation Settings→In the dropdown, change «Default» to «Safe emulation»).
  6. When the game runs for the first time, Windows installs DirectPlay drivers
  7. Same post in Russian (original with images) —



  1. Boloni Brigitta


    I hope that you can help me. I have done all steps, which are mentioned, but when I start the Heroes, I have received az error message: This app can’t run on your PC. To find a version for your PC,check with the fostware publisher.

    THank you in advance.

    1. Liso1 (Post author)

      Hi, I’m sorry, but I absolutely can’t help you with this, as I don’t have an Apple PC.

      Try here:

  2. Peter


    Great job! It works for me, but when i do combat no monsters inflict dmg.

    Can you help?

    Parallels 17.1.2.
    Windows: Edition Windows 11 Pro
    Version 22H2
    Installed on ‎4/‎8/‎2022
    OS build 22579.1
    Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22579.1.0

    1. Liso1 (Post author)

      Ugh, so I haven’t encountered such a problem, could you make a short video? So I can find out more?

    2. Lamak

      hi, just solved 1 damage attack on m1 air / windows 11 preview / parallels 17.1 / macOS 12.4 / pd runner 0.37 with “safe emulation” in compatibility advanced options.

      mb air works fine, but heats and drain battery well (maybe because of rasterising method)

  3. inegve

    Tried it a few months ago and faced the same problem. No damage is calculated/dealt during combat. I tried reinstalling everything several times, but couldn’t get past this issue.

  4. Wuss Wuss

    Hello, thanks for this guide. Since I can’t download Homm3 HotA without SoD or Complete, can you maybe show a guide on how to install either? I am having difficulty trying to install Complete via Parallels.

    1. Liso1 (Post author)

      Hi Wuss, I’m so sorry, but I absolutely can’t help you with this, as I don’t have an Apple PC.

      Try here:

  5. Fox

    Any idea if this would work using VMWare instead of Parallels?

    1. Alexey

      For sure, i’m the author of initial post on, please follow these instructions on youtube
      install & setup

      there is a new technical preview of VMWare, install it and download beta win 11 arm,
      dont forget to setup comparability for heroes (win xp + safe)

      1. Liso1 (Post author)

        Great, I updated the article and added a new video.
        Thank you.

      2. Fox

        Awesome, thanks. The video is easy to follow and I was able to install Homm3 with Hota and the HD+ mod on Win11 and it runs great.

  6. Fox

    Also I should mention I am on a 16-inch Macbook Pro with the M1 Pro and 16 GB RAM


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