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HWiNFO64 v.4.48 shows VMX is disabled
#1
The software somehow shows VMX is disabled. I checked the BIOS, it's enabled there (feature called "virtualization"). Is it really disabled and do I need to enable it?


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#2
I think VMX is really disabled on your machine (maybe a BIOS bug, or on OS level), but to be sure please attach the HWiNFO Debug File to check in detail.
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#3
Here's the file attached.


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.dbg   HWiNFO64.DBG (Size: 1,021.98 KB / Downloads: 3)
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#4
The dump confirms VMX is not enabled in your system.
To get another opinion, I suggest to try the "Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool", which you can download here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/...spx?id=592
Please let me know the results.
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#5
The tool you suggested doesn't work for win 8. I tried Intel® Processor Identification Utility instead and it sure says the processor supports VMX. It doesn't say whether it's enabled or not.
Would appreciate your advise on how to enable it.
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#6
I suggest to contact DELL/Alienware since they are the manufacturer and it might be a bug in the BIOS.
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#7
Update on this. A couple of days days ago I did a clean install of Windows 8.1 on my laptop. After that VMX did appear as enabled (green in HWiNFO) but today I've noticed VMX was red again. How's that even possible? I did update BIOS to A10 during clean install but I didn't make any changes in it. I did install XTU just to check what it shows but again I didn't make any changes in it as well and then uninstalled it.
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#8
I'm not sure what it could be, but it disabled VMX and locks the register so it can't be enabled until next reboot.
Maybe some update or tool you have installed ?
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#9
I think it is because of some overclocking software. VMX got disabled after I installed XTU and recently after I installed MSI afterburner.
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