VBS stands for Virtualization Based Security, a security feature that uses hardware virtualization. Windows utilizes this “virtual secure mode” to host several security solutions, providing them with much higher protection from vulnerabilities and preventing the use of malicious exploits. This allows users to prevent unsigned drivers, codes, software, etc., from residing in your system’s memory. Basically, it creates a secure and isolated region of memory from the regular operating system, allowing users to host various security solutions.
Microsoft introduced the VBS in Windows 10, which is now part of Windows 11. According to Microsoft, when VBS is enabled, you can enjoy the same level of security on your personal computers as commercial computers. However, when VBS is enabled, it will negatively affect PC performance. Most users do not need VBS protection, so you can turn off this bulletproof security after installing Windows 11 or purchasing a Windows 11 computer to gear up your PC performance.
PC Gamer and Tom’s Hardware revealed that your PC performance might drop by 28% when VBS is enabled on your computer. Therefore if you want to enjoy the full potential of your Windows 11 PC performance, you should turn off the VBS (Virtualization-Based Security). If you are a gamer, turning off VBS, you can easily notice improved gaming performance.
In this gearupwindows article, you will learn how to turn off VBS (Virtualization-Based Security) on Windows 11 PCs.
How to Check Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) Status in Windows 11?
To find whether Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) is enabled on your PC, use these steps:-
Step 1. First, hit
Step 2. Next, type
Step 3. Select System Summary on the left side when the System Information window opens. After that, besides the “Virtualization-based security” item, you can view its status. If it is “Runnning,” it means VBS is enabled on your Windows 11 PC. However, if you find “Not enabled,” VBS is disabled on your computer.
How to Disable VBS by Removing Windows Components in Windows 11?
If you can remove the Windows Components responsible for VBS, then VBS will be disabled automatically. Specifically, you need to disable Windows Hypervisor Platform, Virtual Machine Platform, and Microsoft Defender Application Guard on your Windows 11 PC.
To turn off VBS by removing Windows Components in Windows 11, use these steps:-
Step 1. Press
Step 2. In the Run box, type the following and hit
Step 3. In the Windows Features, uncheck Windows Hypervisor Platform, Virtual Machine Platform, and Microsoft Defender Application Guard (If available, you will find Microsoft Defender Application Guard under Media Features).
Step 4. Click
Step 5. Reboot your Windows 11 machine to apply the changes.
How to Turn Off VBS (Virtualization Based Security) from Windows 11 Settings?
To disable the VBS through Windows 11 Settings, use these steps:-
Step 1. Open Settings.
Step 2. Select the
Step 3. On the right sidebar, click on the
Step 4. Click the
Step 5. When you’re done, the Windows Security window will appear. Switch to the
Step 6. Click on the
Step 7. In the following screen, turn off the toggle switch
Step 8. Finally, reboot your computer to apply the changes.
After restarting your computer, open some apps and games to check their performance.
How to Disable VBS using Command Prompt?
To turn off VBS through Command Prompt, use these steps:-
Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, type the following and hit the
bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off
Step 3. Finally, restart your computer to apply the changes.
How to Disable VBS using Local Group Policy Editor?
To disable or turn off VBS through Local Group Policy Editor, use these steps:-
Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 2. Then, browse or navigate to the following path in the left sidebar:-
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Guard
Step 3. On the opposite side, double-click on the policy name
Step 4. Select
Step 5. Click
Step 6. Click
Step 7. Restart your computer.
How to Disable VBS through Registry Editor?
To turn off VBS using Registry Editor, do these steps:-
Step 1. Open Registry Editor.
Step 2. Then, browse or navigate to the following path in the left sidebar of the Registry Editor window:-
Step 3. Right-click on the
Step 4. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as
Step 5. Double-click on the
- 0: Disable VBS.
- 1: Enable VBS.
Step 6. Finally, reboot your PC to apply the changes.