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How to enable virtualization in your BIOS

This page is will help you enable hardware virtualization so you use programs like VirtualBox or Hyper-V to setup your own home lab.

First, the steps for Intel and AMD are going to be different. There are too many different BIOS menus for me to give you screenshots for your BIOS - so I am going to give you general instructions that you can follow.

Procedure to enable Virtualization

  1. Reboot the computer and enter the system's BIOS. You will need to watch teh startup messages for an indication on how to enter the BIOS menu, but it is normally F1, F8 and delete key.
  2. Once you have opened the BIOS, you need to locate the Processor menu
    1. If you have an Intel processor, you need to enable either the Intel Virtualization Technology (sometimes referred to as Intel VT).
    2. If You have an AMD processor you need to enable AMD-V (aka Virtualization Extensions, Vanderpool, etc...)
  3. Select Save & Exit

Once the computer reboots you will be all set.