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Below is a list of the most common computer manufacturers and information regarding accessing the BIOS settings for each manufacturer.

Acer

Most commonly: F2 or Delete.

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  1. Turn ON the System.
  2. Press F2 key at startup BIOS Setup.
  3. Press the right arrow key to System Configuration tab, Select Virtualization Technology and then press the Enterkey.
  4. Select Enabled and press the Enter key.
  5. Press the F10 key and select Yes and press the Enter key to save changes and Reboot into Windows.

Asus

Most commonly: F2.

Alternatively: Delete or Insert key, and less commonly F10.

  1. Turn ON the System.
  2. Press F2 key at startup BIOS Setup.
  3. Press the right arrow key to Advanced tab, Select Virtualization Technology and then press the Enter key.
  4. Select Enabled and press the Enter key.
  5. Press the F10 key and select Yes and press the Enter key to save changes and Reboot into Windows.

DELL

Newer models: F2 key whilst Dell logo is on screen.

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  1. Turn ON the System.
  2. Press F2 key at startup BIOS Setup.
  3. Press the right arrow key to Advanced tab, Select Virtualization and then press the Enter key.
  4. Select Enabled and press the Enter key.
  5. Press the F10 key and select Yes and press the Enter key to save changes and Reboot into Windows.

HP

Most commonly: F10 or ESC.

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  1. Turn ON the System
  2. Repeatedly press Esc key at startup.
  3. Press the F10 key for BIOS Setup.
  4. Press the right arrow key to System Configuration tab, Select Virtualization Technology and then press the Enter key.
  5. Select Enabled and press the Enter key.
  6. Press the F10 key and select Yes and press the Enter key to save changes and Reboot.

Lenovo

Most commonly: F1 or F2

Older hardware: the key combination CTRL+ALT+F3 or CTRL+ALT+INS or Fn+F1.

If you have a ThinkPad, consult this Lenovo resource: how to access the BIOS on a ThinkPad.

Enabling VT-x in ThinkPad (Tablets/Convertibles/Notebooks):

  1. Power ON the system.
  2. Press Enter or Tap the touch screen during Lenovo startup screen.
  3. Press or Tap F1to enter into BIOS Setup.
  4. Navigate to Security tab, then press Enter on Virtualization.
  5. Select Intel(R) Virtualization Technology, Press Enter, choose Enable and press Enter.
  6. Press F10.
  7. Press Enter on YES to save the settings and boot into Windows.

Enabling VT-x in ThinkCentre (Desktops):

  1. Power ON the system.
  2. Press Enter during Lenovo startup screen.
  3. Press F1key to enter into BIOS Setup.
  4. Navigate to the Advanced tab and press Enter on CPU Setup.
  5. SelectIntel(R) Virtualization Technology, Press Enter, choose Enable and press Enter.
  6. Press F10.
  7. Press Enter on YES to save the settings and boot into Windows.

Sony

Sony VAIO:  F2 or F3

Alternatively: F1

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  1. With the computer turned completely off, press and hold the Assist button until the black VAIO screen appears. 

    NOTE: The location of the Assist button will be different depending on the computer model. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the computer for the exact location of the Assist button on your model.

  2. At the VAIOCare | Rescue Mode screen, press the Down Arrow key until the Start BIOS setup [F2] option is highlighted, and then press the Enter key.
  3. In the [BIOS Name] Setup Utility screen, press the right-arrow key until the Advanced tab is selected.
  4. On the Advanced tab, press the down-arrow key until Intel(R) Virtualization Technology is selected and then press the Enter key. 
  5. Use the arrow keys to select Enabled, and then press the Enter key.
  6. Press the right-arrow key until the Exit tab is selected.
  7. Press the down-arrow key until Exit Setup is selected and then press the Enter key.
  8. In the Save screen, verify Yes is selected and then press the Enter key.

Toshiba

Most commonly: F2 key.

Alternatively: F1 and ESC.

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If you have enabled these settings within the BIOS or, having enabled them, you are still seeing error messages from your virtualization software referencing VT-X or AMD-V, then it may be necessary to disable Hyper-V on your computer. This can be done as follows:

Go to Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> click Turn Windows features on or off -> un-check Hyper-V -> click OK.

 

On a UEFI-based computer, there is often no button press prompt before the OS loads. Instead, you will access these settings from within the OS. For a Windows system; hold down the Shift key as you click Restart in Windows to reboot straight to that menu. To access the UEFI Firmware Settings, click the Troubleshoot tile, select Advanced Options, and select UEFI Firmware Settings. Click the Restart option afterward and your computer will reboot into its UEFI firmware settings screen.

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