How to Enable Virtualization on Windows 10/8

Posted by | Virtualization technology will enable your PC to run BlueStacks smoother and faster. If you want to increase the BlueStacks performance on your computer, this might be one of the best ways that you should try. Improving the speed of BlueStacks will give you more benefits in playing your favorite games, especially for high definition graphics games. Hence, in this post, we are going to tell you how to enable virtualization on Windows 10/8.

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What is virtualization?

Before we proceed on how to enable virtualization on Windows 10/8, you must be wondering what is virtualization and its benefit for your PC. Virtualization is the process where you run a virtual operating system over a computer system. In other words, you will have different or multiple operating systems in one computer. By having a virtualization system, you can run applications as smooth as when you run it on their own dedicated system. You also don’t need to reboot your computer to be able to run the virtualization. In fact, you can run virtualization while running Windows system at the same time.

The BlueStacks app is one example of virtualization. With BlueStacks, you can run Android system over Windows system and have both operating systems running at the same time. As we have mentioned earlier that virtualization can speed up your BlueStacks performance. Then, let’s try to enable virtualization in PC’s Bios to improve performance.

How to Enable Virtualization on Windows 10/8

There are several steps that we will show you to enable virtualization on PC Windows 10/8. The steps might be different for Intel and AMD processors. We try to make the tutorial as simple as we can. Just follow them carefully because you will deal with BIOS as well.

1. Do my Windows PC support virtualization?

The first thing you must check is the compatibility of your Windows computer to virtualization. To find out that your Windows PC supports virtualization is easy. You can just download and run a free utility software from your CPU’s manufacturer.

  • If your computer is using Inter processor, you can download the Intel Processor Identification Utility to detect if your PC supports virtualization. Visit this page to download Intel’s virtualization technology.
  • Then, select the language of the app as you want.

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  • After you download the app, install it on your PC.
  • Launch the tools. If you see “Yes”, it means your Windows computer supports virtualization technology.

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  • While for AMD users, you can use AMD V detection Utility. Go to this link to download the tool.

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Run the tools to find out the result whether your computer supports virtualization (VT). If you see “This system is compatible with Hyper-V”, then your AMD CPU can run virtualization.

2. How to enable virtualization on Windows 10 and 8

When you have checked your computer and found out that it is compatible, now it’s time to enable virtualization on PC. There are two different methods that we are going to use in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, 8. So, choose the correct method based on your Windows version.

Access PC BIOS for Windows 10 (UEFI-compliant BIOS)

  • Press on Start button and choose Settings.
  • Go to Update and Security.

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  • Click on Recovery on the left pane.
  • Select Restart Now under Advanced start-up section.

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  • Then, click on Troubleshoot.

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  • Next, press on Advanced options.

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  • After that, select Advanced Options and UEFI Firmware Settings.
  • Finally, click on Restart to reboot Windows and enter UEFI (BIOS).

BIOS access on Windows 8.1/8 (UEFI-compliant BIOS)

  • Press Windows + C key to navigate to the Style UI Charms Bar.
  • Then, click on Settings.

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  • Go to Change PC Settings on the lower right or you can just press Windows + l key simultaneously.

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  • Next, choose General on the left and press on Restart Now under the Advanced Startup section on the right pane.

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After you perform the instructions above on Windows 10 or 8.1/8, your computer will reboot into the Advanced Boot Menu.

  • Then, select Troubleshoot.

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  • After that, go to Advanced Options.

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  • Next, you can choose UEFI Firmware Settings and select Restart.

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Now, Windows will take you to the BIOS and you can do the next steps to unable the virtualization on Windows 10 or 8.1/8.

Enter BIOS on PC Windows (HP, DELL, ASUS, and ACER)

Press the power ON button to reboot your PC.

Note: The instructions to enter BIOS on your PC or laptop will be vary depending upon the motherboard, chipset, processor, and OEM. Follow the tutorial based on your PC brands.


  1. Restart your PC and press Esc key repeatedly to enter BIOS.
  2. Then, tap on the F10 key to go to BIOS Setup.
  3. Next, use the right arrow key to go to the System Configuration tab and select Virtualization Technology.
  4. After that, press Enter key.
  5. Next, choose Enabled and press Enter key.
  6. Finally, tap on F10 key, choose Yes, and save the changes by pressing on Enter key. Reboot your PC.

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Dell, Asus, and Acer

  1. Firstly, press on F2 to enter the BIOS Setup.
  2. Then, go to the Advanced tab using the arrow key. Select virtualization and press Enter.
  3. Next, choose Enabled and press the Enter key.
  4. Finally, save the changes by pressing F10, choose Yes and press Enter key. Restart your Windows to take the effect.

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That’s it! By following the methods above, you can enable Virtualization Windows 10 or 8. This will boost up your BlueStacks performance. You will have better experience in playing the Android games or apps on BlueStacks.

If you have any questions or suggestions related to virtualization on Windows 10, feel free to drop it in the comments section below. Thank you for reading bluestackforpc, Folks!

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