How to enable Virtualization (VT) on Windows 7 through BIOS for BlueStacks 5

How do I get started?

You can enable Virtualization through BIOS in Windows 7, based on the brand or manufacturer of your desktop/laptop. To learn how to do so, click on the link for your desktop/laptop brand:  

NOTE: You can also follow the steps described in this article if you're unable to find the UEFI settings while trying to enable Virtualization in Windows 10, 8.1 or 8.

If Virtualization is not supported on your desktop/laptop, you can still use a Nougat 32-bit instance of BlueStacks. However, you may run into a few performance issues while playing.

 How can I enable Virtualization on Dell Laptops?

  • Restart your desktop/laptop and at the boot screen, repeatedly tap the "ESC" key.
  • Press "F10" to enter BIOS, use the arrow keys to go to the "Advanced" tab and press "Enter".
  • From the menu, select "Virtualization" and press "Enter".
  • Select "Enable", press "Enter" to save the changes and reboot your system.

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NOTE: In case your machine model does not have these settings, please check Dell's official page for more info. 


How can I enable Virtualization on HP Laptops?

  • Restart your desktop/laptop and at the boot screen, press the "F2" key to enter BIOS.
  • Press the right arrow key and move to the "System Configuration" tab.
  • Select "Virtualization Technology" and press "Enter".
  • Select "Enable" and reboot your desktop/laptop. 

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NOTE: In case your machine model does not have these settings, please check HP's official page for more info.


How can I enable Virtualization on Asus Laptops?

  • Restart your desktop/laptop and at the time of startup, press the F2 key to enter BIOS.
  • Using the arrow keys, navigate to the "Advanced" tab and press the "Enter" key. 
  • Select "Intel Virtualization Technology" and press "Enter".
  • Select "Enabled" and press "Enter" to save the changes. Reboot your system.

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NOTE: In case your machine model does not have these settings, please check Asus's official page for more info.  


How can I enable Virtualization on Acer Laptops?

  • Restart your desktop/laptop and at the time of startup, press "F2" to enter BIOS.
  • Press the right arrow key to "System Configuration" tab.
  • Select "Virtualization Technology" and then press "Enter".
  • Select "Enabled" and press "Enter".
  • Press the "F10" key, select "Yes" and press "Enter" to save changes. Reboot Windows.

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NOTE: Few Acer laptops may require F1 or F12 to be pressed to enter BIOS. In case your machine model does not have these settings, please check Acer's official page for more info.


How can I enable Virtualization on Lenovo Laptops?

  • Restart your desktop/laptop and at the time of startup, press the "F1" or "F2" key.
  • Press"F12" to enter BIOS, go to "Security" tab, press "Enter" on "Virtualization".
  • Select "Intel(R) Virtualization Technology" and press "Enter".
  • Select "Enabled" and press "Enter".
  • Press the "F10" key, select "Yes" and press "Enter" to save changes. Reboot Windows.

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NOTE: In case your machine model does not have these settings, please check Lenovo's official page for more info.


Have some questions?

Q. I don't see my desktop/laptop manufacturer in this list. What should I do?
A. Please check the official website of your desktop/laptop's manufacturer or their help center.

Q. Can I use BlueStacks without enabling virtualization?
A. BlueStacks can run with virtualization disabled but we highly recommend enabling virtualization to use BlueStacks smoothly. Not doing so may cause unexpected behavior of the software and its services

Q. My desktop/laptop is listed in this article but the BIOS settings look different. How to proceed?
A. If your BIOS settings look different than those shown in this article, please refer to your desktop/laptop's manufacturer's official website for support.

Q. I am unable to login to my Google account. Is it related to disabled virtualization on my desktop/laptop?
A. Enabling virtualization is vital for running BlueStacks smoothly. Disabling it can cause issues like login problems, crashes, lag and more. We recommend you to enable virtualization for a better experience. 


Thank you for choosing BlueStacks. We hope you enjoy using it. Happy Gaming!

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