How to Enable Intel Virtualization Technology to Use VMware or VirtualBox

Virtualization Technology is a processor-related feature available on your desktop or laptop computers. This feature must be enabled to use virtualization programs such as VMware Workstation, VirtualBox, and Hyper-V.

How to Enable Intel Virtualization Technology to Use VMware or VirtualBox

How to Activate Virtualization Technology to Use Virtualization Software in PC

To enable virtualization technology on your computer, your Intel or AMD CPU must first support this feature. You can enable Intel or AMD Virtualization Technology after you turn on your computer’s BIOS settings.

If your processor does not support virtualization technology, you may need to purchase a new processor and update your computer.

It is useful to note that the processor has the virtualization feature when you buy a new pc. Or if you have a desktop computer and your CPU does not have the virtualization feature, you need to upgrade your system with a new processor.

You can visit the Intel website to check all the features of an Intel processor. The following image shows all the information of the Intel Core i7 3632QM processor.

Intel Official Website

You can see from the image below that Intel Virtualization Technology is available.

Checking CPU VTx Support

How to Check Processor VT-x Using Intel Processor Identification Utility

Download and install the Processor Utility from here. After you open it, you can see if your processor supports virtualization as shown in the following image.

Also, if you have an AMD processor, download the related program from here and check the processor virtualization component.

Intel Processor Identification Utility

How to Activate AMD/Intel VT-x in BIOS on PC/Laptop

Many people are doing research to find out what BIOS virtualization is, but there is no such thing. VT is a processor feature and you can enable it from the BIOS settings of your computer’s motherboard.

You must first enter the BIOS to turn on VT-x of Intel and AMD processors. To enter the BIOS, restart your computer and press F2 for Laptop or DEL for the Desktop PC.

Follow the steps below to enable AMD and Intel processor virtualization on a desktop computer or Laptop.

   Step 1

Using the directional keys on the keyboard, press Enter on the Configuration option.

Intel VTx - Disabled

   Step 2

On the Intel VTx option, and then press Enter on the Enabled option.

Intel VTx - Enabled

   Step 3

After enabling it in the BIOS, press F10 to save your setting.

F10 - Save and Exit

   Step 4

After you turn on your operating system to verify your process, you can test it using Task Manager. In the picture below, you can see that virtualization is enabled in the CPU section.

CPU - Virtualization

   Final Word


If you are a system administrator, check the processor virtualization feature before purchasing a new computer. It is imperative that your computer has VT to run virtual machines using virtualization programs such as VMware Workstation. In this article, we have reviewed how to turn on the virtualization feature on the BIOS for AMD or Intel processors. Thanks for following us!

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