How to Enable Intel Virtualization Technology (vt-x) and amd-v in BIOS – Updated

Most of the time, hardware virtualization technology extensions should be enabled in motherboard BIOS in order to run recent OS and applications. Specifically Windows 8 and 8.1 require vt-x/amd-v enabled processors even to install it on virtual machine. Your PC processor and motherboard should support this feature, if they don’t, you can’t do anything to get this feature because it’s a built-in hardware feature. This simple guide explains how to enable Intel virtualization technology (vt,vt-x) for Intel processors and amd-v for AMD processors.

Modifying BIOS settings could be tricky and it is different for each type of motherboards and BIOS. But you must enable it if it’s really required to install and run specific OS or applications.  Even though it is easy to do, I highly recommend to check the manual or online guide of your motherboard vendor.

Enable Virtualization Technology (VT)

Also Read: How to install Windows 8.1 on VirtualBox

All the latest processors and motherboards support virtualization technology (vt-x/amd-v). If you have old PC, double check the processor model for this feature. Before play around in BIOS, use the appropriate tools to detect the current VT-X status in OS level. If it’s already enabled (detected by these tools), then no changes required in BIOS.


Where to Find Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X) in BIOS?

It can be found under ‘Advanced Chipset settings’ in AWARD BIOS. Normally these vt-x/amd-v extension settings will be available in advanced settings in most of the motherboards.

enable Intel Virtualization Technology (vt-x)

After you have changed the settings to disable or enable, it’s recommended to shutdown the computer for minimum 10 seconds and restart it (Cold Restart) to take effect. Latest motherboards automatically detect these type of changes and do the cold restart. Whenever I change VT setting in my motherboard, it delays the restart automatically.

How to Confirm Virtualization Technology (vt-x/amd-v) is Enabled or Disabled?

1) If your processor is made by Intel, use this free utility to see the result which operating system is sensing.

Download Intel virtualization technology detection tool here.

intel util

Once the utility is installed in Windows 7 or 8 computer, you can use and identify the status as shown below.

Enable Virtualization Technology (VT)

2) To check the status of AMD-V, AMD users can download AMD-V detection utility here.

amd-v result

3) There is a tool available from Microsoft which will work on both Intel and AMD processor Windows OS computers.

Download Microsoft Hardware Assisted Virtualization Detection tool from official site here.

This tool doesn’t work on Windows 8, obviously, if you are using Windows 8, then vt-x/amd-v is already enabled on the same PC,that’s why you could install Windows 8 on it.

Installation is not required here, execute the EXE file and following result will appear.

Enable Virtualization Technology (VT)

One of these above tools will help you to identify vt-x/amd-v support in your laptop or desktop computer.


  1. says

    i have intel dual core processor and how do i enable hardware virtualization and hardware acceleration for virtual box running windows 8.
    dual cpu e2160 @1.8.ghz
    bios ; 18;22;22 ver. 08.00.13

  2. jbourne says

    I have acer aspire 4745G and I tried looking on the bios where to disable Intel Hardware Virtualization and I can’t locate it. Anyone has idea where or how to disable it? Thanks in advance.

  3. Mohammad says

    laptop me vaio cw1kgx/u and enable virtualization Technology.
    and check hardware virtualization Technology…
    but inestall win server2008 64bit and check sys don`t win 2008 64bit/

  4. says

    I have Intel Core i5 3.3 GHz Computer with 8 gb ram and have vmware player 4
    The Intel tool shows hardware virtualization is enabled but I was able to open the Apple OS virtual machine with out any problem without having to disable hardware virtualization

  5. Ntando says

    I have a Samsung Laptop running Windows 8 Single Language Edition
    Rating: 4.0 Windows Experience Index
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium (R) CPU B970 @2.30GHz, Installed Memory: 2,00 GB (1.71 GB usable)
    System Type: 64-bit Operating Systems, x64-based processor

    I have Windows 2012 ISO Installed, when I try to add Hyper-V as a Feature on sever manager it gives me the below error:
    Hyper-V cannot be installed. the processor does not have required virtualisation capabilities.

    When I get to my BIOS settings I don’t have Virtualisation option to enable, Is there anything I can do for my machine to support Virtual? Please assist

  6. Daniel Dropik says

    Special thanks for your helpful article.

    For the record, the Intel processor identification Utility for windows, I think it only conveys whether the processor supports the Intel virtualization technology, rather than stating whether that feature is enabled.

    The first time I read your article, I mistakenly expected the Intel I.D. utility to show whether v-tx was enabled.

    After booting into my BIOS, I was able to directly observe that v-tx was disabled.

  7. Rajeev Pandey says

    Hi there,

    I have DELL XPS 15 with Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 740QM CPU @ 1.73 GHz and want to upgrade the CPU only for better performance, Can you please suggest with in same chipset which processor i can upgrade this with ?

    Thanks in advance to suggest.


    hai,,,i’m using hp pavilion g6,,,running os windows 8,,,in my lap i can’t able to boot for enabling the intel HAXM vt-x technology.. if i boot i have ERROR 501,(i also tried ADVANCED STARTUP it doen’t show the UEFI Fire Ware Settings).anyone can help how to enable VT-X in my lap. :'(

  9. KR says

    hey. my virtual tech in bios is inacessible. i cant even change it to enable state. how that happen? please help.

  10. liran says

    I can see the Virtualization Technology line in my BIOS, but I can’t access it. The line marker doesn’t move to it…
    What can I do ?

  11. yao says

    comment activer mon vt-x sur mon toshiba? quand je vais sur mon bios, c’est mis virtualisation desactiver or cela m’empeche de creer un serveur et des clients sur mon toshiba

  12. zahra says

    hi, I have MSI all-in-one core i3 AE2081G, I want to run server2008 R2 in VMware, but it said your system dosen’t support VT. In BIOS there is no option for enabling VT. I run the software u introduce, but it said your system support VT!!!!
    what shall I do? how can I active VT?

    • Amirhossein says

      I suggest you to check MSI website for this problem.
      Ask them about your problem, they will surely can help u about their device.
      any question left contact me with my E-mail address :

  13. Reo says

    hi All,

    i have a computer with hyper v operating system, if i change enable or disable feature intel virtualization and VT-D Tech on BIOS, when i try to restrart the machine, my machine become BSOD.
    please advice..