Enabling Virtualization on Windows 7 machine when only enabling from BIOS isn’t working

Today I sat on the mission to install ‘Docker’ on my Win 7 laptop and for that I had to enable Virtualization on my machine.

The simplest quick solution is that ‘if’ you already don’t have Virtualization enabled in BIOS, you need to just Restart your computer and press F2* (Dell) at the start screen > go to Advanced tab > select Virtualization > Enable > Press F10 to save and Enter to select ‘Yes’ > Exit¬†this is what’s required for¬†solving the ‘Hardware’ part of the problem.

But after doing this I again checked if the ‘Virtualization’ is enabled by using Microsoft’s ‘Hardware Accelerated Virtualization Detection Tool (click to download from MS site)

If the detection tool tells you it’s installed ‘hurrayyyy’ otherwise still don’t worry, you need to download ‘Windows Virtual PC’ from the MS website, Install it, restart the system, run the detection tool again and it should solve the problem.

I was able to find the correct solution from Tom’s Hardware website’s this thread. You can post a question to the above thread just in-case the problem is still not solved.

* Depending on your manufacturer the button to enter BIOS setup can be F2, Del or different, please refer to manufacturer guide or search online for the exact key for your specific brand or product.

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