Fixing the AMD-V is Disabled in the Bios (VERR_SVM_DISABLED) Error

It is possible that you are getting the “AMD-V is Disabled in the Bios” error while trying to use VirtualBox to start a Virtual Session. Therefore, we suggest that you go through this article in detail because it goes through the step by step process that can be used to completely fix this issue.

amd-v is disabled in the bios error
AMD-V Is Disabled in BIOS Error

Before You Start:

To check if your hardware is capable of Virtualization, type in “systeminfo” in CMD and if Virtualization says “Yes”, that means your hardware is capable, and you can simply enable it in the BIOS. (You can also apps such as “SecurAble” to check your CPU’s capability).

How to fix AMD-V is disabled in the bios windows 10 issue:

Fix 1: Ensure that Virtualization Is Enabled from BIOS

With the newer technology and hardware, virtualization is disabled by default and must be enabled before usage. Although BIOS layout is different for different motherboards here we will be showing you a general guide as to what you should be looking for:

  1. When you turn “ON” your PC i.e. press the power button, you will see your “Motherboard’s manufacturer’s logo” e.g. ASUS, Gigabyte, etc. And just below that the key to enter bios will be mentioned which mostly is “F2” or “DEL”.
  2. Once you are in the bios you will need to look for “AMD-V”, “SVM (Secure Virtual Machine) Mode”,  “Virtualization Technology” or “Intel Virtualization Technology” which can usually be found in the “Advanced” section or “CPU Configuration”.
    Enable SVM Mode to fix AMD-V is Disabled in the Bios
    Enable SVM Mode in BIOS
  3. Enable that option and then select “Save and Reset” or “Save and Restart”.
  4. After your PC restarts, the issue must not exist now.
    Note: If you are not able to find the option in BIOS then it most probably means that your PC does not support it.

Fix 2: Disable Windows Hyper-V

Hyper-V is Window’s own built-in virtualization technology which comes enabled by default. This can also cause conflict with the hardware-based virtualization. Follow the steps below to turn it off:

  1. Press the “Window + R” keys together, type in “appwiz.cpl” in the Run dialog box, and press “Enter” on your keyboard.
    Typing "appwiz.cpl"
    Typing “appwiz.cpl”
  2. In the Programs and Features window click on the “Turn Windows features on or off” option from the left pane and then look for “Hyper-V”.
    Turn Windows features on or off
    Turn Windows features on or off
  3. Here make sure it is “Unticked/Disabled”, click “OK” then afterwards “Restart” your PC.

Fix 3: Modify the Number Of Cores In VirtualBox

Normally, VirtualBox will assign multiple cores for the task which will not work if your PC does not support Virtualization. In this case, you will need to restrict it to a single core. Follow the steps below to do so:

  1. Launch “VirtualBox”, right-click on your desired machine, and select “Settings”.
  2. Go to the “System” tab and then click on the “Processor” sub-tab.
  3. Change the “Processor” value to “1” and hit the “OK” key.
    Change processor value to fix AMD-V is Disabled in the Bios error
    Change the Processor Value
  4. Finally, “Restart” your PC and “Virtual Machine” and you should now be able to access it.
  5. Verify if the AMD-V is Disabled in the Bios error is now fixed.

Fix 4: Disable LongMode

LongMode should be turned off which should work out for you as it has for many other users. To do that, you need to type in the following command in your cmd terminal:

VBoxManange modifyvm <VMNAME> --longmode off

Note: Here replace the “Vmname” with your virtual machine’s name.

Fix 5: Switch the VM Version to Windows 7 or Windows 2003

Follow the steps below to change the VM version:

  1. Launch “VirtualBox”, right-click on the Virtual Machine which is displaying the error, and then select “Settings”.
  2. In the “General” tab, choose to select the “Basic” sub-tab.
  3. In here change the version to “Windows 2003” or “Windows 7” and finally click the “OK” button.
  4. Check to see if this fixes the AMD-V is Disabled in the Bios issue.

Follow the aforementioned fixes to help overcome the problem and in case you have any further questions in this regard feel free to Contact Us.

Alan Adams

Alan is a hardcore tech enthusiast that lives and breathes tech. When he is not indulged in playing the latest video games, he helps users with technical problems that they might run into. Alan is a Computer Science Graduate with a Masters in Data Science.
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