I need to enable hardware virtualization on my MacBook Air 2013. I want to run the Windows Phone 8 emulator, which requires hardware virtualization. I am running Windows 8 in boot camp. On my old PC, I enabled it through the BIOS, but this option won't work for a MacBook.

The MacBook Air 2013 has a i5-4250U processor, which is on Intel's list of Virtualization Technology supported processors.

How would this be done?

In the performance tab of Task Manager, Virtualization appears to be disabled.enter image description here

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After hours of searching the internet, I discovered how to enable virtualization in Boot Camp. Instead of booting into Windows by holding the option key on startup, boot in to OS X. Then go to System Preferences -> Startup Disk and choose your Boot Camp partition. The computer will restart and boot into Windows, with virtualization enabled.

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    Weird how that would make a difference...
    – Dai
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 2:37
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    lol this actually worked. I have no idea how.. but it worked.
    – Madushan
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 4:30
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    Is there any possible to enable BIOS virtualization setting without restart system.Or possible to change inside the system .My system while restarting F2 button is not working i need to enable BIOS virtualization.Is there any possible?
    – vijay
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 7:48
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    It works because OSX enables Virtulisation by default. The Bootcamp Drivers do not. Hence, by going into OSX first then rebooting into Windows it works. When rebooting into Windows from OSX it's not a cold boot, therefore the virtualisation settings are still enabled from booting into OSX. Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 7:31
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    It doesn't work. Virtualization is always disabled. Late 2013 iMac 27in
    – MC9000
    Commented Dec 8, 2021 at 3:17

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