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Windows 7: Problems Recognizing Enabled Virtualization

30 Jan 2010   #1
defunker

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Problems Recognizing Enabled Virtualization

I'm having issues with Windows XP Mode recognizing that my virtualization is enabled. I have double checked in BIOS and it is indeed enabled. The application havdetectiontool.exe is not recognizing that it is enabled as well, so I'm a little unsure what the problem is.

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit Professional with an Intel Core 2 E6750. This stuff is a little over my head and I've had little luck trying to determine what to do next. Is BIOS the only way to go about turning virtualization on and off? Any help would be appreciated.


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31 Jan 2010   #2
Kari

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Hello defunker, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Download SecurAble and run it. What does it tell you?

Kari


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01 Feb 2010   #3
defunker

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Here is my screenshot after running securable.exe


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01 Feb 2010   #4
Kari

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What is the exact error message you get when starting XP Mode?

Kari
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01 Feb 2010   #5
defunker

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

The error message says, "Unable to start Windows Virtual PC because hardware-assisted virtualization is disabled".

It then proceeds to explain how to go about turning on hardware virtualization in BIOS. After checking in BIOS the virtualization was enabled to begin with.
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01 Feb 2010   #6
Kari

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OK.

Could you please tell what motherboard you have? You system specs are incomplete, found only your OS there but nothing about your hardware setup.

Kari.
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01 Feb 2010   #7
defunker

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I didn't expect anybody to be looking there . They're updated now. My specs are as follows:

OS
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core 2 E6750 @ 2.66GHz
Motherboard
EVGA nForce 680i SLI
Memory
8GB Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400
Graphics Card(s)
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
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01 Feb 2010   #8
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

OK, I checked the manual of your MoBo and BIOS, there's only this one switch to be enabled:

Problems Recognizing Enabled Virtualization-bios.png

My recommendation is to completely re-install both Virtual PC and XP Mode. First you have to uninstall them. It's a bit tricky because Virtual PC is not installed as an application; instead it is an update. So here's how to remove them:

First, uninstall Windows XP Mode normally from Control Panel > Programs and Features:

Problems Recognizing Enabled Virtualization-xpm_uninstall.png

When XP Mode is uninstalled, click View installed updates in the left pane in Programs and Features window. Scroll down to update Windows Virtual PC and click Uninstall:

Problems Recognizing Enabled Virtualization-vpc_uninstall.png

Reboot, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir.../download.aspx and download & install both Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC. Please notice the installation order:

Problems Recognizing Enabled Virtualization-vpc_xpm_install.png

Kari


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02 Feb 2010   #9
defunker

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

No luck with the reinstall.

The program that Microsoft lists on their website (havdetectiontool.exe) for testing the compatibility of the Windows XP Mode on your system comes back as being compatible, but reports that it is not enabled . This leads me to believe that it is something beyond the Virtual PC and XP programs themselves and more likely something to do with my system. As I've said earlier, I've double checked that the virtulization is turned on in BIOS and I've been trying to find something in the OS that would report the same.

I guess I'll keep poking around to see if I can come up with anything more. Thanks for the help.
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02 Feb 2010   #10
Kari

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You could test if this issue is related to VPC or to your system by installing another virtualization software. Download Sun VirtualBox, create a virtual machine and see if it runs.

Kari
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