This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Intel ("Intel VT" or "VT-x") or AMD ("AMD-V") CPU virtualization in UEFI/BIOS on Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC.
CPU virtualization is a hardware feature found in all current AMD and Intel CPUs that allows a single processor to act as if it was multiple individual CPUs. This allows Windows to more effectively and efficiently utilize the CPU power in the computer so that it runs faster. This feature is also a requirement for many virtual machine software (ex: "Hyper-V") and is required to be enabled in order for them to run properly or even at all.
CPU virtualization lets your PC emulate a different operating system, like Android or Linux. Enabling virtualization gives you access to a larger library of apps to use and install on your PC.
Boot to UEFI BIOS firmware settings.
Click/tap on the Advanced tab, and click/tap on CPU Configuration. (see screenshot below)
The actual settings may vary per manufacturer.
Perform one of the following steps depending on if this is for a Intel or AMD CPU: (see screenshots below)
- If Intel, enable or disable Intel (VMX) Virtualization Technology for what you want.
- If AMD, enable or disable SVM Mode for what you want.
Click/tap on the Exit tab, and click/tap on Save Changes & Reset. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on OK to confirm and restart the computer. (see screenshot below)