I have a Windows 8.1 Dell laptop with virtualization enabled. Below is the picture of intel processor identification utility.

I have Fedora 24 installed in my virtual box. It also has virtualization enabled.

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When I run the cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep 'vmx\|svm' and minikube start command, it display below error message and I am not able to proceed.

Any suggestion on this how to resolve this error?

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2 Answers 2


VirtualBox does not support nested virtualization, so the guest VM will not support VMX or SVM even though the host machine does. You can't run a VM inside a VM.

From your screenshot, it looks like you're trying to run Kubernetes in your VirtualBox VM. I'm not a Kubernetes expert, but my understanding is that it's meant to manage a cluster of virtual machines. The lack of nested virtualization means you can't run the cluster within a VM; you have to install it on real hardware. Basically, Kubernetes is something you'd use instead of VirtualBox, as a different way of creating and managing your VMs.

If you really need to run Kubernetes in a VM, VMware Workstation and Player seem to support nested virtualization.

  • It seems, as of VirtualBox 6.1.0, nested virtualization is now supported.
    – Kevin
    Jul 16, 2020 at 14:16

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Try this one in Bios settings and re-run minikube start

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    This does not answer the author's question. The author was attempting to enable hardware virtualization within a VirtualBox virtual machine, VirtualBox, does not support nest virtualization. The author clearly indicated the VT-x option did not exist in the firmware settings.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 28, 2018 at 14:44

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