I have the following CPU: http://ark.intel.com/products/75119

It supports Intel Virtualization, but it is disabled according to Intel software utility.

How can I enable Intel Virtualization, if the setting is not available in BIOS ?

Is there some way of enabling it by means of software ?

  • If an option is not offered you won't be able to enable it. – Ramhound May 23 '14 at 14:18
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    Is there a BIOS update for your motherboard? – Kinnectus May 23 '14 at 14:49
  • Add information about mobo model and it current BIOS version. – Phoenix May 23 '14 at 14:57
  • Are you 100% sure that Intel virtualization cannot be enabled in your BIOS? I've seen some weird menu placements for its toggle. – Pockets May 23 '14 at 16:13
  • I'm a very experienced BIOS-user. I've checked every single setting in BIOS. You are only allowable to change Intel Rapid Storage and Boot Priority toghether with time/date and Network card. – Shuzheng May 23 '14 at 16:17

Intel CPUs are designed to allow virtualization to be disabled and unable to be turned back on until the next physical power cycle, likely for security reasons (i.e. a bootkit could theoretically install a malicious hypervisor). I'm not sure of the exact reason why some BIOSes don't allow virtualization to be enabled.

You will need to upgrade your BIOS to a version that allows you to change the setting if the manufacturer has chosen to do this, or scour the Internet for a hacked BIOS, if it exists, that is modified to allow you change this setting. You will have to do searching on your own for such a BIOS as I've never went that route with any system I have.

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