How to Enable Virtualization Technology in BIOS With and Without Option

If you have been trying to run developer software like Android studio then there is a requirement that your laptop/PC must meet in order to practice it smoothly and that is Virtualization Technology or we normally call it VT-X.

This is the option in the BIOS which is mostly disabled by default in almost all laptops but you can enable it if you want, the only condition applied is that your computer must support virtualization technology.

You may check if your intel processor machine supports virtualization or not using Intel processor Identification utility. It will show you the results like this:

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How to Enable Virtualization Technology in BIOS

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I am going to share here two methods:

1.) Going to BIOS setup and enabling it there (this is for those who have the option available in BIOS).

2.) Disabling Hyper-V and using Command Prompt ( CMD method tested on Acer laptop only).

METHOD 1:

i.) Turn off your computer and start it again (reboot) to enter the BIOS setup.

ii.) While it is booting press the correct key, the key to enter BIOS is different for computers, usually it is “F2” or “Delete”, you may find it depending upon the PC you are using.

iii.) Once you have entered the BIOS look for the option “Virtualization technology”, it may be there with a different name like “vanderpool”, “Intel VT-x”, Virtualization extensions” and something related to these. Just enable it.

NOTE:

If you are using a computer with the latest windows (made after Win 8) then you may see an option like “UEFI firmware” and you’ll have to access the BIOS using the inbuilt Advanced Boot Setting, to access it follow this path – Take your mouse to right hand side >> Click on Settings >> Change PC settings >> Update and Recovery >> Recovery >> Advanced Start up.

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It will ask you to Restart the system, click on it, after start up it will show you a blue screen with an option “Troubleshooting”, click on that and there you’ll find an option “UEFI firmware”, from there you can enable virtualization technology.

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Some laptops may not show you the UEFI firmware option using this way, in that case you’ll have to access the BIOS the first way, Google the method to enter the BIOS in your model.

METHOD 2:

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If the Hyper-V option is enabled in your computer then VT-X is for sure disabled and you may not be able to enable it until you’ve disabled Hyper-V. To disable it just follow the below steps:

Control Panel >> Programs >> Programs and Features >> click Turn Windows features on or off >> un-check Hyper-V >> click OK

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It may be a possibility that the “Windows Features” in control panel may not show you Hyper-V but it might be still there. You can still disable it using CMD prompt. Check out how:

NOTE: I have used this CMD method only on ACER 5755G. Please contact your manufacturer before performing any action.

Open command prompt on your computer with administrative rights (by right clicking) and just enter this line of command:

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off and press enter. Now type exit and press enter again. Reboot your computer and try installing the software you wanted to use like Android studio or VirtualBox.

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Hope it helped you with enabling virtualization technology on your laptop.