Why should I enable Virtualization?
Enabling Virtualization will significantly enhance your overall gameplay experience with Game Center. You should see an increase in performance, no FPS lagging and stuttering, and higher game graphics settings once Virtualization has been enabled.
How to check if Virtualization is enabled on your PC?
You can check if you have your Virtualization enabled/disabled by going to the Performance tab of your Task Manager.
- Right-click on the Start Menu and select “Task Manager” from the menu.
- Click on the “Performance” tab in the task manager.
- Select “CPU” and look for “Virtualization” below the graph. You should be able to see if Virtualization is enabled or disabled on your PC. If you do not see any information on Virtualization, it means that your PC does not support it at all
How to enable Virtualization on your PC
If you find that “Virtualization” is disabled on your PC, you can enter your BIOS or UEFI Settings and enable it from there. To access your BIOS you can follow the steps below:
- Make sure to save your work and close any open programs.
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced startup, then select Restart Now.
- Once your PC restarts, you should see the screen below. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Settings > Restart.
Your PC should restart into your BIOS or UEFI Settings. You may then refer to the below external links for specific instructions based on your PC’s manufacturer:
For PCs with AMD processors:
For PCs with Intel processors:
If you do not see your PC’s manufacturer from the above, you would have to refer to your device’s firmware documentation.
How to disable Hyper-V on your PC
If you have Virtualization enabled but are still experiencing performance issues, it may be possible that Hyper-V is enabled on your PC. Disabling Hyper-V should allow you to utilize the performance increase you get from having Virtualization enabled. You can disable Hyper-V by following the steps below:
- Go to Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off
- Look for the following and make sure that they are unchecked:
- Hyper-V – Win 10 Pro and Win 11 Pro
- Windows Hypervisor Platform – Win 10 Home/Pro and Win 11 Home/Pro
- Windows Sandbox – Win 10 Pro and Win 11 Pro
- Virtual Machine Platform – Win 10 Home/Pro and Win 11 Home3
- Click “OK” and allow your PC to restart for the changes to apply.
How to disable Core Isolation – Memory Integrity on your PC
While most systems have Core Isolation - Memory Integrity disabled, it is possible that your PC has it enabled by default (especially on Windows 11). We highly recommend disabling Core Isolation – Memory Integrity as it prevents your PC from utilizing the performance gain from having Virtualization enabled. You may follow the steps below to disable Core Isolation – Memory Integrity.
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > then click “Device Security.”
- Click “Core isolation details” then make sure that Memory integrity is toggled OFF.
- Restart your PC for changes to apply.
*Lastly, If you are using AVG/AVAST Antivirus, you might have to configure its settings as well. Please refer to this article: How to configure AVG/AVAST Antivirus settings