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
- 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.
- Open the Programs and Features applet by entering ‘appwiz.cpl’ in Run and clicking OK.
- Then click Turn Windows features on or off on the left of the Control Panel applet to open the window shown directly below.
- Then deselect the Hyper V checkbox.
- Click OK to uninstall Hyper V.
- 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
- 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.
- Enter the keyword ‘recovery options’ in the search box.
- Then select Recovery options to open the window shown directly below.
- Click the Restart now button.
- After it restarts, click the Troubleshoot button on the Choose an option screen.
- Click Advanced options and UEFI Firmware Settings.
- Then select the Restart option to reboot to the UEFI BIOS.
- Press F10 on the Startup Menu to enter the BIOS Setup.
- Select the System Configuration tab in the BIOS.
- Select the Virtualization Technology option, and press the Enter key.
- Then select Enabled.
- Press F10 to save the settings and exit BIOS.
- 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.