How to enable virtualization in Windows ?

I have Windows 10 Home Single Language edition of Windows Operation System installed in my laptop.

I tried to install Docker for Desktop in my system and it didn’t support. Instead Docker suggested installing Docker Toolbox . But for installing one of the prerequisites is that Virtualization should be enabled in Windows. I checked mine and it was not enabled. You can check if it is enabled in your PC by opening Task Manager and clicking on Performance Tab ( I have shown it at the end of this post after enabling virtualization).

STEP 1:

Go to Windows BIOS on startup. (As soon as your system starts keep pressing ESC button, it will land here – I am using a HP laptop and this might be different for other laptops)

STEP 2:

Go to System Configuration Tab

STEP 3:

Navigate to Virtualization Technology

STEP 4:

Press ENTER . And select Enabled.

STEP 5:

Press F10. You will be prompted whether you want to save and exit. Answer in the affirmative.

With the new settings your windows will startup the usual way.

STEP 6:

Verify if virtualization is enabled by opening Task Manager and navigating to Performance Tab.

You can see Virtualization: Enabled text on the screen.

That’s it.

You can now install virtual operating systems in your machine!

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