How to Enable/Disable Intel Virtualization Technology VT-x in Bios

Nowadays all latest Windows 10 and 8 desktop and laptop comes with VT-x enabled processors which has virtualization technology features. These features help us to speed up virtual machines created in VMware, Hyper-V, Virtual Box and other virtualization applications.

If you want to enable Virtualization technology on your laptop or desktop then your motherboard and processor should support this feature. If you are using an old pc or laptop, then please check if your processor model supports Intel virtualization technology. You can check it from the official website of Intel.

How to enable Intel Virtualization Technology in Bios in Windows 10

By default these features are disabled in Bios and we have to enable them before creating virtual machines. It’s not easy for everyone to modify the settings of Bios, specially if you are not a tech expert, but we can help you in this because it’s not that hard too.

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Where is Intel Virtualization Technology VT-x in Bios?

First you have to enter Bios and locate Intel Virtualization Technology VT-x in Bios in order to enable or disable them. If you don't know how to enter Bios of your system then you can read my post to get more information.

In old pc or laptop it can be found under Advance BIOS Features in AWARD BIOS. Most old pc and laptop has an option to press Del key to enter BIOS. Some pc’s have key combination of F2 and Del to enter Bios. Some of them have F1 or key combination of Ctrl + Alt + Esc to enter Bios.

I have written an article on Bios Key as per Computer Manufacturer. You can read that article and as per your computer manufacturer you can press the relevant key described in that post.

If the above method doesn’t work out and still you are not able to enter the Bios of your PC or laptop then you can try searching on Google with this query: How to enter Bios [Your PC or Laptop Model no.]. Just replace [Your PC or Laptop Model no.] with your model number.

On new laptop or pc like Lenovo G50-80 there is a small Novo button near the power cable, we have to just press that button at start up with a pen or some pointed thing and it will give option to enter Bios.

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How to Enable Intel VT-x in Windows 10?

Once you have successfully entered Bios of your system, now we are ready to enable Intel Virtualization technology VT-x  in Bios on your Windows 10, 8 or 7 system.
How to enable Intel VT-x in Windows 10
Here you can see Intel Virtual Technology option. In some pc or laptop this name must be different. It can either be "Intel Virtualization Technology”, “Intel VT-x” or “Vanderpool” or “Virtualization Extensions”, etc. You have to carefully look for this option.

Please not that you have to just change the settings from Disabled to Enabled next to Intel Virtual Technology or any other name I have mentioned above as per your system and press F10 to save the settings. Once the settings are saved, restart your pc or laptop for the changes to take effect.

Once you are done with this you have successfully enabled Intel Virtualization technology on your laptop or pc. You would also love to read my article on What is IAAS?

How to Disable Intel VT-x in Bios?

You can disable Intel VT-x same way by entering Bios settings by using the method I have shown above.

Once you have entered Bios settings, you have to just locate Intel Virtualization Technology or any other name which your system must be having as I have mentioned above.

Simply changed the settings from Enabled to Disabled.

Press F10 to save settings and restart your pc for changes to take effect.

This will disable Intel virtualization technology on your laptop or pc.

How to confirm whether Virtualization Technology is Enabled/Disabled successfully or not?

You can confirm this by simply downloading the Intel Processor Identification Utility Tool.
Once you have downloaded and installed the Utility tool on your pc you can confirm whether Intel Virtualization Technology is enabled or disabled on your pc or laptop by following these steps:-

1. Open or launch Intel Processor Identification Utility Tool.

2. Once the application is launched, click on CPU Technologies tab as shown in the image below.

You can clearly see Yes next to Intel(R) Virtualization Technology. That means Intel Virtualization Technology is enabled on your pc. If you see No next to this option that means Intel Virtualization technology is disabled on your pc.

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