Should I Enable Virtualization for BlueStacks?

BlueStacks virtualization- Recently was surfing the internet when I stumble on a question “I’d like to know if this is really necessary and whether it will have any side effects on my computer running on Windows 8.”. This question got me like, there might be other users who want to know about it too.

Even though you can use BlueStacks on your system, either you have enabled the virtualization or not. Before we continue on should I enable it or not. Let’s have a quick insight on virtualization.


Virtualization is a feature that enables us to create a custom environment for ourselves. This option to create a customized environment is aka SandBox. Users can test and check their products…

Three different types of virtualizations are there:

  • Full Virtualization- there is no modification. Can run guest software and
  • Para Virtualization- is not simulated. When the virtualization is performed, the guest OS runs isolated.
  • Emulation Virtualization- the virtual machine is totally independent. The guest OS simulates hardware and no modification is brought to the guest OS.

So, when it comes to enabling the virtualization for BlueStacks, what is the use and why should we?

Benefits of enabling the feature

For users who are using BlueStacks on their system but experience lagging, enabling the feature will help them to:

  • Increase scalability of the app
  • Can easily increase the applications performance by 5x.
  • Allow BlueStacks to use more CPU cores.
  • Eliminate FPS lag/stutter
  • Users can use high graphic setting as the support for the graphics also increases.

Is it safe to enable virtualization?

Using the virtualization feature, you can create a sandbox as well as create or run VM. However, when it comes to security, the feature is safe enough to run with an application that is compatible. Applications that are not compatible, and have access, might get risky.

How to enable Virtualization for BlueStacks?

bluestacks virtualization
bluestacks virtualization

Now that you have the app, here is how to enable it.

You will need to reboot your system.

When your system boots, you will need to press the F12 key (can vary on different systems) on your keyboard to UEFI or BIOS settings.

In BOIS, go to the security section, you will find virtualization. Enable the feature, save the changes and exit the BIOS settings. If you find the operation above challenging, please use the links below to get full insight into the procedure.  

Related: How to Enable Virtualization in BIOS?
Related: How to Enable VT-x or AMD-v in BIOS or UEFI Firmware?

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