The SVM mode is normally available on almost all operating systems we have today. In general, it comes as disabled by default in your settings. The SVM mode – in simplest terms – is actually virtualization. You can enable as well as disable this option in your operating system.
All the systems we use at our homes, we have a basic level of hardware in these devices. These hardware devices become functional because there is an operating system installed on them and it is attached with the hardware device. Now, on this operating system, we install different applications and use them.
For example, you have a PC or laptop at home – which itself is a hardware device – it comes with an operating software installed in it and this operating software helps this hardware device to run smoothly. Now, we install different applications, games, software and other things as per our likings and requirements.
The concept of Virtualization:
The hardware devices we use have so much capacity in them and normally we do not get the best out of them. These devices come with a huge amount of RAM, Space, speed, and efficiency. Which can be used at full capacity with the help of virtualization.
The concept of virtualization is that we can operate different operating systems at once. You have one hardware setup; a host operating system like windows and on top of this host operating system we can install Hypervisor.
A hypervisor is software – we install it on our operating system or simply Windows – which helps to run different operating systems at once. There are different kinds of hypervisors are available today, for example, Virtual Box by Oracle, VMWare, Microsoft Virtual PC, and much more.
You do not have to install any extra hardware gear or resources to operate this technology; they work on the normal requirements like RAM, processing power, processor, and hard disk. They will take up the space that was not being utilized properly in your hardware system and now the system is being efficiently used.
For example, you are using and OS X. On this computer, you can install Virtual Box. Now with the help of this Virtual Box, you can create two different virtual machines. One machine with Windows 10 and the other one with Windows XP. Now, in the end, you would be able to use both of them as two different computers.
Why we should use SVM mode?
There are numerous reasons to use the SVM mode or different VM modes on devices.
You can test any new application in the other operating system. You have the opportunity to try a different operating system without investing in another device for it. If there is a need to run old applications – which is no longer supported by new and advanced operating systems – you can download the old operating system, separately for it.
Check if your PC support SVM Mode
Now, you need to check if your PC support SVM mode. After that, we can enable or disable this mode in BIOS and Windows. You can check if your PC supports SVM mode through system information.
- Press Windows + S at the same time
- Search for system information
- Now, tap on the system information app
- A new window will popup with system information on it
- Look for the option named Hyper-V Visualization enabled in Firmware
- If it says, yes in front of it. It means that if your device is compatible with the SVM mode
Once you have checked and confirmed that your device is compatible with the SVM mode, you should now check how to enable the SVM mode in BIOS.
How to enable SVM mode in BIOS Windows 10
These steps will guide you on how you can enable the SVM mode in windows 10 BIOS.
- Press Windows + S at the same time or go to the search bar in the bottom left on your PC screen
- Here, type system information or MS INFO and enter
- You will see the option of System Information on your PC
- Now, in the system information window, scroll down and you will see that Hyper-V Visualization enabled in Firmware is not installed or enabled
- If the virtualization is not enabled, simply close this window
There is another way as well that can be used to find out if the virtualization is enabled on your PC or not. Follow these steps to figure out.
- If you have already installed the Virtual Software or VM on your device open it up
- Now, you can create clients, or if you have already installed them, once you try to open them up, you will get an error message saying that the system failed to open a session for the Virtual Machine Windows 10
No matter how many other operating systems you have installed, if the virtualization is not enabled you will not be able to run the SVM mode unless you try to enable it from this computer’s BIOS. Another reason could be that the CPU itself may not support it. Now, what you need to do is:
- The very step after checking if the Virtualization is enabled on your device to run SVM mode is enabled or disabled, you need to restart your device
- Go to the start menu, click on the restart option amongst the three options available in the list of power options
- Now, when the computer is in the process of restart press the F2 key quite a few times or just hold it for some time in order to get access to the BIOS settings
- Now, we need to highlight that all computers have different BIOS keys, it depends on the model and brand of your device, so press the key that your computer supports in order for you to get to the BIOS settings. In some cases, if nothing is working out for you, you might want to check Del or delete key to get access to the BIOS settings
- Try both methods and see which one is going to work out for you
- Once the BIOS settings are open, you need to select the advanced from the settings bar at the top menu
- Now, you can select the Intel VTX and Intel VTD – it can be written as Virtualization, VM, or any other similar name here
- Look for the options in front of both options here, most probably it will be ‘Disabled’ for now
- Now, you need to enable both of them
- Once done, you will need to exit the window and it will show a popup screen that will be asking if the settings and changes should be saved. So choose Yes to the question of saving configuration changes and exit
Once the changes have been saved, now your laptop or PC will restart once again. Get back into your windows and again go to the System Information setup form here. Now again, look for the option, Hyper-V Visualization enabled in Firmware, it must be saying a Yes now. Once it says that the SVM mode is enabled now, you can try opening the VM software that you had already installed on your device. Once you open it, it should be able to work well with your VM software now, because you are goo to go with the SVM mode on your system for now.
If you want to disable the SVM mode on your device, you just need to repeat all these steps, choose the disabled option in exchange for the enabled option this time and the whole process will be the same.
How to Enable Svm Mode in Amd
All AMD users need to enable the SVM mode in order to run a VM on their device. If you are using the AMD hardware system and need to enable the SVM mode, follow these steps to do so:
- The very first thing you need to do here is to restart your device and enter the BIOS system, just as we did in the Windows option
- If you are an MSI motherboard user, press the Del key repeatedly once you shut down your system and after that, you will enter the BIOS system
- Once you are in the BIOS, you need to look for the advanced and CPU Configuration
- In the CPU Configuration section, you will find the SVM mode option
- Select the SVM mode option here and change its status from disabled to enable
- Once selected, you can simply press the F10 key to save all changes you made so far
The process to enable the SVM mode for MSI motherboard users is a bit different than the windows users and this process works for almost all AMD types and especially AMD Ryzen.
You can download this VM software and start creating your own system versions only on one hardware and this is the power of visualization, which can be accessed with the help of SVM mode on your device. We have briefly explained how you can enable and disable this mode on your devices.