The BIOS loads in Easy Mode by default. This interface provides easy access to the main BIOS settings. To configure advanced settings like virtualization, you must switch to Advanced Mode. Here’s how you can do this:
Press the key shown on the screen (usually at the top or bottom) to switch to Advanced Mode. In my MSI BIOS, this key is F7.
Look for Advanced CPU Configuration or a similar section.
Locate the virtualization option there.
AMD’s virtualization tech is called SVM.
Intel boards either call it VT-x or use the full name (Intel Virtualization Technology).
If you’re having difficulty finding these settings, check your user manual or BIOS Setup guide.
Enable Virtualization in BIOS
Once you locate the virtualization option, simply select it and set it to Enabled.
If you encounter any problems at this point, you can refer to our detailed guides for enabling virtualization on MSI, ASUS, and Gigabyte boards.
If supported, you can also enable other virtualization features like PCIe passthrough. This specific tech lets VMs directly access PCIe devices like graphics cards, network cards, etc. which can improve performance. Intel calls it their Directed I/O technology (VT-d) while AMD calls it IOMMU.
You can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager. You’ll find the virtualization status in the Performance > CPU tab.
System profiling tools like CPU-Z will also show you the virtualization status. Check for instruction flags like VT-x or AMD-V.
Or, you can just try to launch a VM. You should no longer see errors like AMD-V is disabled.
At this point, you’re free to play around with different hypervisors, VMs, and operating systems. If you feel lost regarding where to start, we have numerous virtualization guides geared toward beginners: