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how to enable virtualization in windows 10

For newbies who want to learn Docker should have a setup environment ready for that. I am talking about VMWare Player or Virtualbox where we can run the VM of our choice. This short tutorial may help you to enable virtualization in Windows 10 if you are running it on your PC. Sometimes, it is disabled and you might end up with errors while running a virtual machine. 

We can run and learn the OS platform of our choice with virtualization. We just need to install VMWare Player and download the image of our favorite Linux distribution and run it. You can run Ubuntu or any of its flavors, Debian, CloudLinux, or any other distro and have Docker on it.

To know more about Docker, read the following articles.

What is Docker? 

What is Docker used for?

Let’s see how we can enable virtualization in Windows 10.

In order to check whether virtualization is enabled on your system or not, open the Task Manager by typing “task manager” in the Windows search bar.

Open task manager in windows

Task Manager is a great tool to monitor your system’s performance and watch the running processes. Site Reliability Engineers and Server Monitoring teams use it for monitoring production Windows servers to check their health. 

In the Task Manager, click on the second tab named “Performance” and just at the right bottom, you’ll see the status of virtualization on our system. 

It’s disabled on my system. 

virtualization is disabled on windows 10

That means I won’t be able to run virtual machines on my system with either Virtualbox or VMWare Player or Workstation.

There are 2 important things to remember.

  1. Virtualization is disabled in BIOS
  2. It is disabled in your system

Let’s check out each one.

How to Enable Virtualization in BIOS?

To enable virtualization in BIOS, we have to reboot our computer. The settings can differ a bit if you have a DELL, HP, Acer, or ThinkPad laptop. I am using HP here.

So, here are the steps.

  1. Restart your computer, keep pressing the Escape key.
  2. Press the Tab key and go to System Configuration
  3. Press the down arrow key and hit Enter on Virtualization Technology
  4. Select Enabled
  5. Press the F10 key to save the settings 
  6. Our system reboots

Apologies for the low-quality picture, but that’s how it looks if virtualization is disabled.

virtualization is disabled in bios

After the system is back online, reboot it again. Press the Escape key to enter into the BIOS settings. Go to system configuration to confirm if the virtualization is enabled.

You can see, it’s enabled.

2. Enable Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 10

Now open the control panel and go to programs and click “Turn Windows features on or off”.

Control Panel ==> Programs ==> Turn Windows Features On or Off

A new window will pop up and, select the check box of Hyper-V folder and click ok to save it. It will turn the virtualization feature on. 

enable virtualization in windows 10

It will take some time to reflect on the changes. Reboot your computer to check the virtualization status.

restart your computer

Open the Task Manager again and click on the Performance button. We have successfully enabled virtualization on our Windows 10 computer.

how to enable virtualization in windows 10

Congratulations and Happy Docking!

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