How to Enable Virtualization (VT-x) on Windows 10

Do you want to Enable Virtualization Technology on Windows 10/11? if your answer is yes, you have come to the right article, now follow below steps to enable virtualization on your windows system.

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What is Virtualization Technology (VT)?

Intel Virtualization Technology (VT). Formerly known as Vanderpool, this technology enables a processor feature for running multiple simultaneous virtual machines allowing specialized software applications to run in full isolation of each other. It is recommended that this feature remain disabled unless specialized applications are being used. In this tutorial we will explain how to enable VT-x on Windows 10.

Virtualization Technology in most computer it’s disabled as it can be used by malicious code, so it is disabled by default for security reasons and it is recommended that this feature remain disabled unless specialized applications are being used.

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How to check if VT-x is enabled/disabled on your PC?

You can use these two methods to check if virtualization is enabled or disabled on your computer;

Method 1:

Through Command Prompt
To open Command Prompt, go to your start menu and search for Command Prompt, run the program as administrator then enter systeminfo.exe command. The command will gather system information and display the results.

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Method 2:

Through Performance Tab of the Task Manager
To open Task Manager, right click on your Taskbar then you will click Task Manager, then after opening the program you will go to Performance.

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How to enable Virtualization on Windows?

You can enable virtualization in BIOS or in UEFI firmware settings.

Enable Virtualization in BIOS

First you will need to Reboot your computer and while the system is restarting from black screen you can enter the BIOS hotkey, the hotkeys differ depending on the brand of the computer you use and we’ve written a few example below.

BrandKey to enter BIOS
HPESC or F10
AcerF2 or DEL
ToshibaF2
Origin PCF2
SamsungF2
DellF2 or F12
SonyF1, F2, or F3
LenovoF2 or Fn + F2
Lenovo (Desktops)F1
Lenovo (ThinkPads)Enter + F1
MSI (Motherboards and PCs)DEL
ASUS (Motherboards)F2 or DEL
ASUS (All PCs/Desktop)F2
Microsoft Surface TabletsPress and hold volume up button

After enter BIOS, you will navigate to Advanced Tab and press Enter to continue, then you will select Virtualization and enable it, you will save the changes and reboot the computer.

In HP PC when you are in BIOS setup, navigate to System Configuration, then select Virtualization Technology and press enter to change the settings, then enable it, and press F10 to save the changes and exit.

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Enable Virtualization in UEFI Firmware Settings

You can also use “UEFI firmware settings”, to enable virtualization, to do that, go to your windows settings, then navigate to “Update & Security”, open “Recovery” and in “Advanced startup” choose “Restart Now”.

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Now in Option menu, choose Troubleshoot, then go to Advanced options, then go to UEFI Firmware Settings, and click Restart to change UEFI firmware settings. BIOS Setup or Settings will be displayed and you can enable virtualization technology.

You can learn how to enable VT-x on Windows by watching below video tutorial.

Advantages of enable virtualization

Virtualization can help your PC to emulate different OS and it can increase the performance of your android emulator, example if you use Nox emulator, BlueStacks, or MEmu emulator, after enabling this feature you will notice that your Android emulator performance is increased and it eliminate FPS lag too, also Virtualization Eliminate downtime, Increase application performance, Eliminated server sprawl and lot more.

FAQs

Here are the FAQs about enabling virtualization (VT-x) on Windows 10, along with their corresponding answers:

#1. Why Virtualization is Disabled by default?

Virtualization Technology in most computer it’s disabled as it can be used by malicious code, so it is disabled by default for security reasons and it is recommended that this feature remain disabled unless specialized applications are being used.

#2. Should I enable or disable Virtualization?

If you don’t plan to use any virtual machines on your PC then there’s no reason to enable it. You can leave this feature to remain disabled unless specialized applications are being used.

#3. How to check if VT-x is enabled/disabled on your PC?

You can use Task Manager to check if Virtualization is enabled on your computer, simply press Ctrl + Shift + Esc shortcut keys to open the Task Manager, then click on the Performance tab and go to CPU.

OR

You can Run the Command Prompt as administrator, then enter systeminfo.exe command. The command will gather system information and display the results.

#4. What is virtualization, and why do I need to enable it on my Windows 10 computer?

Virtualization is a technology that allows you to run multiple operating systems or virtual machines on a single physical computer. Enabling virtualization (VT-x) on your Windows 10 computer is necessary to utilize virtualization software like VMware or VirtualBox effectively.

#5. What are the requirements for enabling virtualization on Windows 10?

To enable virtualization (VT-x) on Windows 10, your computer must meet the following requirements: a compatible processor with virtualization support, BIOS or UEFI firmware that includes virtualization settings, and administrative access to modify the BIOS or UEFI settings.

#6. How do I access the BIOS or UEFI settings on my Windows 10 computer?

Restart your computer and look for a message or key prompt during the boot process that indicates which key to press to enter the BIOS or UEFI settings. Common keys include Del, F2, F10, or Esc. Consult your computer’s manual or manufacturer’s website for the specific key for your device.

#7. How do I enable virtualization (VT-x) in the BIOS or UEFI settings?

The steps to enable virtualization vary depending on the BIOS or UEFI firmware. Generally, you need to enter the BIOS or UEFI settings, navigate to the virtualization option, and enable it. Save your changes and exit the BIOS or UEFI settings to apply the changes.

#8. What are the steps to enable virtualization (VT-x) on a Windows 10 computer?

Here are the general steps to enable virtualization on a Windows 10 computer:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Enter the BIOS or UEFI settings by pressing the designated key during boot.
  3. Navigate to the virtualization option (may be named differently).
  4. Enable the virtualization option.
  5. Save your changes and exit the BIOS or UEFI settings.
  6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

#9. Are there different methods to enable virtualization depending on the computer manufacturer or model?

Yes, different computer manufacturers may use different BIOS or UEFI interfaces and terminologies. It’s recommended to refer to your computer’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for specific instructions related to your device.

#10. I can’t find the virtualization (VT-x) option in my BIOS or UEFI settings. What should I do?

If you can’t find the virtualization option in your BIOS or UEFI settings, it’s possible that your computer’s motherboard or CPU does not support virtualization. You can check your computer’s specifications or contact the manufacturer for further assistance.

#11. Will enabling virtualization (VT-x) on my Windows 10 computer have any negative effects?

Enabling virtualization on your Windows 10 computer should not have any negative effects. However, it’s essential to ensure that your system remains secure by keeping it updated, using reputable virtualization software, and practicing safe computing habits.

#12. Do I need to restart my computer after enabling virtualization (VT-x)?

Yes, after enabling virtualization in the BIOS or UEFI settings, you need to save the changes and restart your computer for them to take effect.

#13. After enabling virtualization, how can I confirm if it is working correctly on my Windows 10 PC?

You can confirm if virtualization is working correctly on your Windows 10 PC by running virtualization software like VMware or VirtualBox and verifying that you can successfully create and run virtual machines.

#14. Are there any troubleshooting steps if virtualization (VT-x) is not working properly after enabling it?

If virtualization is not working correctly after enabling it, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Double-check that virtualization is enabled in the BIOS or UEFI settings.
  • Update your BIOS or UEFI firmware to the latest version.
  • Make sure you are using compatible virtualization software and that it is up to date.
  • Verify that your CPU supports virtualization and that it is enabled in your computer’s BIOS or UEFI settings.
  • Seek help from the virtualization software’s support community or your computer manufacturer’s support team.

#15. Can I enable virtualization on a Windows 10 computer running on a virtual machine?

No, you cannot enable virtualization on a virtual machine. Virtualization needs to be enabled in the host computer’s BIOS or UEFI settings. If you are using a virtual machine, virtualization support depends on the capabilities of the host computer.

#16. Does enabling virtualization (VT-x) on Windows 10 improve performance in virtual machines?

Enabling virtualization on Windows 10 allows virtual machines to access hardware resources more efficiently, which can improve performance. It enables hardware acceleration for virtualization, making virtual machines run smoother and faster.

#17. Can I disable virtualization (VT-x) after enabling it on my Windows 10 computer?

Yes, you can disable virtualization (VT-x) in the BIOS or UEFI settings. However, it’s not recommended unless there is a specific need. Disabling virtualization will prevent you from running virtual machines effectively and may impact the performance of virtualization software.

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