Hyper-V is a Microsoft technology that offers users the ability to create virtual computer environments while running and managing multiple operating systems on a single physical server. This virtualization technology has made it possible to scale without the huge workspace required by multiple servers. You can now balance the workload more logically because technology has made it easy to redistribute resources between virtual machines.

The Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 include the Hyper-V virtualization software without paying for third-party virtualization. But only if your processing unit supports a few advanced virtualization features. How do you know if your Central Processing Unit (CPU) supports virtualization, making it possible to use Hyper-V on Windows 10?

Using the System Information Utility

  • While Windows 10 system is running
  • Open the System Information Utility by simply typing System Information or msinfo in the search box and clicking the system information result.
  • When the application opens, scroll to the bottom to check for items that start with Hyper-V.
Windows 10 system information utility screen with highlight on Hyper-V virtualization enabled in firmware
System Information Utility

If you notice a “Yes" against each item, you are ready to use Hyper-V. Suppose you see a "No" against the “Virtualization Enabled In Firmware” item. In that case, you need to turn on support for virtualization in BIOS settings, as explained at the end of this guide. Contrary to the above, if you notice a "No" against any other item asides from the “Virtualization Enabled In Firmware” item, your system CPU cannot run Hyper-V.

Using the task Manager

  • Open your Task Manager (Shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + ESC)
  • Click “Performance
Windows 10 performance page of the task manager
CPU Performance

If your CPU supports Hyper-V, you will notice a “Yes” against the Hyper-V support option. Also, right above that option, you will see a Virtualization option; this states whether the virtualization option is enabled for your system. If it is not, kindly follow the steps to turn on support for virtualization in BIOS at the end of this guide.

Using the Command Prompt

  • Open Command Prompt (Windows key + R)
  • Type cmd, then press Enter. This command displays all the details of your system, including Virtualization support
Command prompt page showing system information
System Information Command prompt

If your CPU supports virtualization, you will notice a section of Hyper-V items and their status. In a case where the virtualization option is just disabled, you would see a “No” only against the “Virtualization Enabled in Firmware” option. Then follow the process to enabled the Virtualization option below.

Finally, you can also use some free third-party tools to check your CPU virtualization support. Tools like Intel Processor Identification Utility and AMD Virtualization Compatibility Tool are the most prominent tools available for free to check if your processor has virtualization support.

How to turn on support for virtualization in BIOS or UEFI firmware settings

Although keys and processes to enter BIOS may slightly differ on the different computer makes, the available options to the BIOS are quite similar to every maker. We used a Lenovo computer to show all processes, including this.

Steps to enable virtualization:

  • Turn On or Restart your computer.
  • Before the Windows logo comes on, press the F2 (Fn + F2) button until you see a blue-like page different from the regular black background with the Windows logo at the center. This is the BIOS settings.
BIOS settings page, the Configuration option with highlights on Intel Virtual Technology
BIOS Configuration Settings
  • Navigate to the Configuration option.
  • In the Configuration option, navigate to Intel Virtual Technology or Virtualization and then press Enter.
  • Use the arrow key, select Enable. Then press Enter
BIOS settings page to enable Intel Virtual Technology
BIOS Virtualization Enablement
  • Press F10 to Save and Exit the page.
  • Reboot your computer.

Your virtualization option is therefore enabled. To use other computers make for this process, kindly visit your laptop manufacturer’s website.

Kindly leave a message In the comment section in case of difficulties or if there are other ways to check if your CPU supports virtualization.