How to Enable VT on a Dell for VMware

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Intel's VT, or Virtualization Technology, is included on some Intel processors. Virtualisation Technology is a CPU extension that allows better support of operating system virtualisation programs including VMware, Microsoft VirtualPC and VirtualBox. VMware requires Intel VT or AMD-V support to run 64-bit guest operating systems. Only some Dell computers support VT and even those that do have VT disabled by default. You can enable VT, if your Dell computer supports it, in the computer's BIOS.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Restart the computer by clicking "Start," clicking the arrow to the right of "Shut Down" and clicking "Restart."

  2. 2

    Press and hold the "F12" key when the start-up boot menu appears.

  3. 3

    Highlight "BIOS Setup" with the arrow keys and press "Enter."

  4. 4

    Click the plus sign to the left of "Virtualization Support" and click "Virtualization."

  5. 5

    Click the "Enable Intel Virtualization Technology" check box.

  6. 6

    Click "Apply" and "Exit."

  7. 7

    Shut off the computer with its power button and wait several seconds before turning it back on.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't see the "Virtualization Support" header in the BIOS, look in the "CPU" menu for the "Virtualization Technology" option instead.
  • Download and run Microsoft's Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool if you're not sure whether your Dell supports VT (see Resources.)

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