What to do if Hypervisor is not running on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Virtualization allows users to create virtual versions of software, hardware or entire computer systems.
  • The key element in virtualization is the hypervisor which allows computers to host and run multiple operating systems. 
  • If your hypervisor is not running and you can't use virtualization tools on your PC, we compiled this list of 9 solutions to help you fix it.
  • For more useful guides on the same topic, visit our Windows Server hub.
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Many users use virtualization, but sometimes they might encounter Hypervisor is not running message on their PC. This message will prevent you from using virtualization, but in today’s article, we’ll show you how to properly tackle this issue.

Virtualization is a useful feature, but sometimes problems with it can occur. Speaking of virtualization issues, here are some common problems that users reported:

  • Hypervisor is not running Windows 10 Pro, BIOS – This problem can occur if virtualization isn’t enabled in BIOS, so be sure to find this feature and enable it.
  • Hypervisor launch has been disabled through the hypervisorlaunchtype bcdedit setting – Sometimes Hyper-V feature can be disabled, but you should be able to start it simply by running a single command in Command Prompt.
  • Hyper-V failed to start Hypervisor is not running – This problem can occur if your BIOS is out of date. To fix the issue, update your BIOS and check if that solves the problem.
  • Virtual machine error Hypervisor is not running – Sometimes this problem can occur due to problematic updates, and in order to fix the issue, it’s advised to find and remove these updates manually.
  • Hypervisor is not enabled, present, working – These are some common problems that can occur with Hyper-V, but you should be able to fix them using one of our solutions.

How to fix Hypervisor not running on Windows 10

  1. Make sure that virtualization is enabled in BIOS
  2. Update your BIOS
  3. Update the drivers to the latest version
  4. Reinstall HyperV feature
  5. Remove problematic updates
  6. Use bcdedit command
  7. Use DISM command
  8. Check if your CPU supports virtualization
  9. Use third-party applications

Solution 1 – Make sure that virtualization is enabled in BIOS

If you’re getting Hypervisor is not running message, perhaps the problem is related to your BIOS settings. As you know, in order to use virtualization, this feature needs to be actually enabled in BIOS.

To check if virtualization is enabled, just enter BIOS and look for this feature. To see how to properly access BIOS and find this feature, we advise you to check your motherboard manual for more information. Once you enable this feature, go back to Windows and check if the problem is still there.

Solution 2 – Update your BIOS

As we already mentioned in our previous solution, the problem with virtualization can be your BIOS. If you’re getting the Hypervisor is not running message on your PC, the problem might be an outdated BIOS.

Several users reported that they fixed this problem by updating their BIOS to the latest version. This is an advanced process, and if you don’t perform it properly you can cause permanent damage to your PC, so we advise you to be extra cautious.

We already wrote a short guide on how to flash your BIOS, but if you know how to properly update BIOS on your motherboard, we suggest that you check your motherboard manual for detailed information.

Solution 3 – Update the drivers to the latest version

If you’re unable to use virtualization due to Hypervisor is not running message, perhaps the problem is related to your drivers. Several users reported the Bluetooth driver caused this problem to appear, but after updating it the issue was resolved.

To update your drivers, you just need to visit the manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model. This is fairly simple if you know where to look for and which drivers to update, but this process might get a bit tedious if you need to update multiple drivers.

If you want to update all drivers on your PC fasts, perhaps using a third-party solution such as TweakBit Driver Updater might be the best choice. Using this tool you can automatically update all your drivers with just a couple of clicks, so be sure to try it out.

Disclaimer: Some features of this tool are not free.

Solution 4 – Reinstall HyperV feature

According to users, if you’re getting this error, perhaps there’s a glitch with HyperV feature. Sometimes various Windows glitches can occur, but you can fix most problems with HyperV simply by reinstalling it.

This is fairly simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. In the Search bar type windows features. Now choose Turn Windows features on or off from the list of results.
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  2. Locate HyperV feature and uncheck it. Now click OK to save changes. If you’re asked to restart your computer, be sure to do so.
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  3. Once your PC restarts, go back to Windows Features window and enable Hyper-V feature. You might be asked to restart your PC once again, so be sure to do that.

Once your system restarts, the problem with Hyper-V should be resolved and everything will start working again.

FAQ: Learn more about hypervisors

  • What is hypervisor in Windows 10?

Hyper-V is Windows 10’s native hypervisor that allows users to create virtual machines on their computers. The hypervisor is available on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education.

  • How do I know if the hypervisor is running?

To check if your hypervisor is running on Windows 10, open the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and check if the hypervisor is active.
In addition, the Task Manager can detect if it’s running on a physical or virtual machine. Under the Performance tab, the label Virtual machine: Yes is listed if a hypervisor has been detected.

  • What is the best virtual machine for Windows 10?

The best virtual machines for Windows 10 are VMware Workstation, VirtualBox, Hyper-V, and Citrix Hypervisor. For more information about each machine, check out our in-depth guide.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page with more solutions to fix hypervisor issues. If you want to read more about virtual machines and virtualization, check out our collection of guides.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2018 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.