Computer doesn’t display VT-x/AMD-v enabled? Enable it like this

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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How to enable AMD V and VT X on Hyper-V

Virtualization software enables users to utilize alternative platforms within Windows. VT-x and AMD-v are hardware acceleration features that are essential for virtualization software on Intel and AMD system architectures. However, you might run into a problem if the computer doesn’t display that you have VT-x/AMD-v enabled.

The Computer doesn’t have VT-x/AMD-v enabled error message will pop up for users when they try to run virtualization software with the required hardware acceleration disabled. Learn what to do here.

How can I enable virtualization VT-x/AMD-v on my PC?

1. Turn Off Hyper V

  1. Hyper V, which is required for Windows Sandbox, can stop other virtualization software accessing their required hardware acceleration. To turn Hyper V off in the latest Win 10 build, open Run with the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
  2. Open the Programs and Features applet by entering ‘appwiz.cpl’ in Run and clicking OK.The Programs and Features uninstaller computer doesn't display have vt-x/amd-v enabled
  3. Then click Turn Windows features on or off on the left of the Control Panel applet to open the window shown directly below.Windows Features computer doesn't display have vt-x/amd-v enabled
  4. Then deselect the Hyper V checkbox.
  5. Click OK to uninstall Hyper V.
  6. Restart Windows 10 after uninstalling Hyper V.

Learn more about launching programs on virtual desktops with VDesk for Windows 10 by reading this guide.

2. Enable VT-x/AMD-v via the BIOS

  1. If uninstalling Hyper V doesn’t resolve the “Computer doesn’t have VT-x/AMD-v enabled” error, users probably need to enable VT-x/AMD-v from the BIOS. To do that on a UEFI PC, press the Windows key + S hotkey.
  2. Enter the keyword ‘recovery options’ in the search box.
  3. Then select Recovery options to open the window shown directly below.The Restart now button computer doesn't display have vt-x/amd-v enabled
  4. Click the Restart now button.
  5. After it restarts, click the Troubleshoot button on the Choose an option screen.
  6. Click Advanced options and UEFI Firmware Settings.
  7. Then select the Restart option to reboot to the UEFI BIOS.
  8. Press F10 on the Startup Menu to enter the BIOS Setup.
  9. Select the System Configuration tab in the BIOS.
  10. Select the Virtualization Technology option, and press the Enter key.
  11. Then select Enabled.
  12. Press F10 to save the settings and exit BIOS.
  13. Press the Y key to confirm.

So, that’s how users can enable VT-x or AMD-v to fix the Computer doesn’t have VT-x/AMD-v enabled error. Note, however, that not all UEFI BIOS settings include an option that enables VT-x. Thus, not all users can enable VT-x virtualization from the BIOS.

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