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My System Config

  • MB: Asus P8Z77 V-Pro
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 - 3770 @ 3.4Ghz
  • OS: Windows 8 Pro (64 bit)

I am trying to use Virtual Box to install Ubuntu 12.10. But the installer failed to launch and the log mentioned that it failed to detect Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV).

I checked with securAble from And it also mentioned that HAV is not present.

A look into the BIOS showed the following:

Intel Virtualization Technology - Enabled
Execute Disable Bit (XD) - Enabled

To give it a try I "Disabled" XD. And Virtual Box detected that I have Virtualization enabled. And the install process went on. Further securAble confirmed HAV is now enabled.


I am now trying to do some Windows Phone 8 development and this requires Hyper-V enabled for the emulator to function. But a little Googling pointed out that Hyper-V requires XD to be enabled.

So I am in a bit of a messy situation since I can't seem to have both HAV and Hyper-V enabled together.

Thanks You for your guidance in advance.

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You will get more help if you edit your post and ask a question. The post as it stands won't get much attention. – Simon Apr 9 '13 at 7:49
First thing to try is to look at motherboard manufacturers website and see if they have a "BIOS" update for your model. (make sure to check for revision numbers(rev x.xx - something similar) as they are extremely important to flashing bios images. Even if your Bios is up-to-date I would reflash it as it seems you are having some hardware trouble. This issue might be a hard one to solve... little fair warning. – user213584 Apr 9 '13 at 8:26
I'd be surprised the XD bit itself is causing problems with VirtualBox as most systems leave it enabled - however it could be an incompatibility with having Hyper-V running at the same time (since Hyper-V requires the XD bit to run, disabling it would temporarily "fix" the incompatibility -- just a guess). If all else fails, consider running Ubuntu under Hyper-V. – mtone Apr 9 '13 at 22:00
Hi all thank you so much for the replies. This is my first post on SuperUser and as @Simon suggested I will be more verbose next time. – freshprinze Apr 13 '13 at 5:55
There was in fact a BIOS update on ASUS site and I applied it and gave it a try. Still the same issue exists :(. Ubuntu loads on VirtualBox but its noticeably slow.@mtone Hpyer-V is enabled and I can use the management console. But the issue is that Win Phone 8 emulator requires XD bit to be Enabled. But as mtone suggest I will consider using Hyper-V itself to run Ubuntu is all else fails. – freshprinze Apr 13 '13 at 6:01
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CPUs support disabling virtual machine extensions permanently until next power cycle. This is how BIOSes disable/enable it.

Maybe a buggy BIOS? Like @fah q suggests, might try updating and see if that improves.

Also, you can't "nest" hardware virtualization without explicit support from the VM hypervisor. From what I gather by looking at this, attempt to "turn on" virtualization (using the VMXON instruction) when it is already on causes a "VM exit", meaning control is passed back to the hypervisor. The hypervisor could do what's needed to emulate it in the VM, but I'm betting no currently available VM software does this.

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Thank you for the response. I am not sure what it is still. But I have reported issues with ASUS and VirtualBox as well. I will keep the post updated. Thank you for the pointers regarding HAV nesting. The document provides quite a bit of indepth detail. I have found a similar issue on ServerFault. The reporter hasnt updated if he found a resolution or not. He was using VB to setup Windows Server 2008. – freshprinze Apr 13 '13 at 6:48
Found the reason for the behavior. As @ultrasawblade pointed out you cannot Nest virtualization. All this time I had Hyper-V activated as well. To test I disabled Hyper-V and enabled XD. Voila! HAV was still enabled for VirtualBox. – freshprinze Apr 15 '13 at 1:58
The following article helped me into thinking the reason.…. – freshprinze Apr 15 '13 at 1:59
Internally what happened I believe, when XD is enabled Hyper-V got activated thus exclusively reserving HAV for Hyper-V. When I disabled XD, Hyper-V couldnt kick in and HAV was available for VirtualBox. – freshprinze Apr 15 '13 at 2:01
To resolve Windows Phone 8 development issues side by side with Ubuntu, I guess I will have 2 options. 1. Use Hyper-V to install Ubuntu as well as suggested by @mtone 2. Use VirtualBox to install another instance of Windows 8. I think I will try (2). – freshprinze Apr 15 '13 at 2:03

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