Enable Virtualization in BIOS

Virtualization allows your PC emulate a different operating system, like Androidâ„¢ or Linux. These steps will help you enable virtualization if you wish to run either FrontDesk or TimeClock on your Windows 11 machine.

Please note: these instructions are generic and any editing of your BIOS is potentially destructive. Only follow the below steps if you're comfortable with editing BIOS and your manufacturer did not have specific instructions listed on our instruction page. If your PC manufacturer isn't listed or you're unsure who it is, you may be able to find instructions for your UEFI (or BIOS). Please refer to your device documentation.

Step 1: Access the UEFI (or BIOS)

Before you begin, we recommend opening this page on a different device. Here's how to get to the UEFI from Windows:

  1. Save your work and close any open apps.
  2. Select Start  > Settings > System  > Recovery > Advanced startup, then select Restart now.
  3. Once your PC restarts, you'll see a screen that displays Choose an option. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Settings > Restart.
  4. Your PC will restart again and you'll be in the UEFI utility. At this step, you might see the UEFI referred to as the BIOS on your PC.

Step 2: Make changes in the UEFI (or BIOS)

The way the UEFI (or BIOS) appears depends on your PC manufacturer. Once you've enabled virtualization and exited the UEFI, your PC will restart.     

Important: Only change what you need to in the UEFI (or BIOS). Adjusting other settings might prevent you from accessing Windows. 

Step 3: Turn on Virtual Machine Platform for Windows

Here's how to turn it on:

  1. Select Start, enter Windows features, and select Turn Windows features on or off from the list of results.
  2. In the Windows Features window that just opened, find Virtual Machine Platform and select it.
  3. Select OK. You might need to restart your PC.

 For more advanced info or help with troubleshooting, go to Microsoft Docs.