I've got a Dell Precision T5400 here, and had to go into the BIOS and flip on VT before I was able to run VMs. While I was in there, I found that several other features were disabled (even really important ones like Execute Disable).
Why would a PC maker disable capabilities of the hardware they ship by default? (Particularly when they leave the (worthless) serial and parallel port controllers on by default)
(This isn't specific to Dell -- that just happens to be the box I'm currently working on)