ACTIVATE Virtualization in BIOS  ▷ Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

Virtualization is a procedure that is currently used in computing when it comes to simulate other machines within the same. Programs like VMWarse are responsible for taking advantage of this parameter that is adjusted in the basic configuration of the computer to use several operating systems simultaneously or perform more complex tasks that require device simulation.

This is something that is often used in development environments. Programmers, especially those of Android and iOS, they need virtualization to enable a copy of a mobile phone inside the computer and interact with the apps as if they were on a real phone. In the same way, it is also something that is used when manipulating programs that are compatible only with certain operating systems. It is very common in the development field and when working with old tools.

But, in order to use these programs that allow simulating devices, a key procedure must first be performed. We will explain how to enable virtualization in biosas it is the essential step to achieve this. In this guide we give you all the guidelines to follow, although we anticipate that it is a process that depends a lot on the computer.

Steps to enable virtualization technology

The main problem that a user may encounter when it comes to enable virtualization technology in a computer is that you must do it through the BIOS. This means following a different procedure depending not only on the manufacturer, but on the type of motherboard installed in the PC.

Because of this, we are going to offer some indications that serve as a guide. Although, we insist, many of the points depend on the brand of components used in the PC, so we recommend searching for specific models on the net.

Here are the steps to follow:

1 – Turn on the computer and enter the BIOS

The most important point of all. You have to enter the BIOS as soon as you turn on the computer, since it is the only time section in which it is accessible.

To do this, what you must do is, as soon as you press the power switch, press and hold one of these keys just after:

As we said before, the key to use depends on your PC, so it is good that you check this according to the brand / model of your motherboard.

In case of not finding the correct one, you can enter your operating system. If you use Windows 10, click on the menu button “Start” and click on the gear on the left.

W10 configuration

In this window that now appears, go to the section “Update and security” and click on it to advance.

Update and security W10

Then go to the left column to click on “Recovery”. Now look at the right part of the window and, under the section “Advanced startup“, push the button “Restart now”.

Restart Windows 10 now

Once this is done, choose “Solve problems”In the menu that appears. Then mark the option “Advanced Options”And, lastly, click on “UEFI Firmware Configuration”. Press the reset button and, when the computer is turned on again, you will enter the BIOS directly.

UEFI Firmware Configuration

2 – Enable virtualization

We enter again in a field that depends on the manufacturer, models, versions and many more aspects. In order to proceed normally, we recommend having on hand the PC motherboard documentation or, failing that, search for it on the internet.

Anyway, we are going to explain the general guidelines to follow once inside the BIOS:

When you have already accessed, look for the advanced section or, as you normally see, “Advanced BIOS Features” or “Advanced” to dry.

Advanced BIOS Features

Within this, you just have to look for the section “Virtualization Technology”And modify its value so that it appears as“Enabled”. You will have to use the keyboard for this.

Virtualization Technology Enable

* Another way, in different models, is to look for a section called “VT-x” or “Virtualization” through the different menus of BIOS. Research until you find it and make sure to activate it, either with the keyboard or the mouse.

When you’ve enabled it, exit the BIOS. Remember to always do it through the exit and save option, “Exit & Save Settings” or similar. If you don’t, this modification will not be applied and you will have to repeat the whole process.

After doing this, and restarting your computer, you can return to the operating system and verify that virtualization is working. You can now use virtual machines on your computer without problems, as long as you have the necessary software and files for it. If by any chance it fails again in the future, repeat this entire procedure, as an update may have changed the settings.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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