How to Disable VBS in Windows 11

How to Disable VBS in Windows 11

This article will show you how to disable VBS on Windows 11 PC/Laptop. Despite its dire list of system requirements, Windows 11 brings a new visual interface as well as pretty decent performance. Windows 11 is said to be very friendly with gamers because it will help bring better game performance and the introduction of Direct Storage.

However, reports are circulating that enabling Virtualization Based Security (VBS) can cause the game to have some performance issues.

VBS is not a new thing seen in Windows 11, it has been around since Windows 10 launched. So, to say that it will cause some game performance issues is not right. But according to rumors, there is a problem in Windows 11 which causes performance drop in some AMD CPUs related to this VBS.

Also read: How to Turn Off Notifications on Windows 11 PC

Does Turning Off VBS Help Improve Game Performance?

VBS or Virtualization Based Security is a feature that uses hardware virtualization to increase security on your system. VBS creates an isolated environment on your memory which can then be used by security protocols, functions, and programs in your system to identify malicious apps and services in the background.

This memory is usually immune to exploits that make it difficult for other malicious applications and services to bypass your system’s security protocols.

Turning off VBS Windows 11 is rumored to improve performance while playing games but there are no tests or studies to prove this. You should be aware that the highest performance difference noticed by users of trusted entities, companies or media houses seems to only experience a spike of around 2% in FPS. This could be due to random differences in each test.

However, VBS is quite finicky, and depending on your system, its components, and your settings, it can have a huge impact on the performance of your PC. You can always try disabling it on your PC for better performance. If nothing is found, you can revert the changes and continue using your system by enabling VBS.

It is recommended to keep VBS enabled on all modern compatible systems even if you lose a little performance boost. VBS helps protect against threats and this study from Microsoft explains how VBS helps prevent 60% more malware and adware infections on protected systems that have VBS enabled.

There are many ways to disable VBS on your Windows 11 system. You can use the BIOS menu, use the Group Policy Editor, or disable Windows Components. The recommended way to disable VBS is to disable Virtualization in your BIOS menu. It will automatically disable VBS on your system without you having to remove the virtualization component from your system.

It also allows you to re-enable and use virtualization and VBS in the future by simply re-enabling them in your BIOS menu.

Also read: How to Turn Off User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 11

Check VBS Status first

Let’s first check if VBS is enabled in your system. Use the guide below to help you get started. If it is already disabled in your system, then you don’t need to disable it using the guide below. You can simply start playing the game as usual.

1. Press the button Windows+S on the keyboard and search for “sysinfoOnce found, click on it and launch the app.

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2. On the right of you find the list “Virtualization-based Security” and check the value next to it. If it says “Enabled” then VBS is enabled in your system and you can disable it using the guide below.

3. However, if VBS says “Not enabled” then VBS is already disabled in your system. You can skip this guide and continue using your system as usual.

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How to Disable Windows 11 VBS from BIOS

  • General Keys to enter BIOS Menu: F2, Del, F12, F8, ESC and more.

  • General terms for Virtualization in BIOS menu: VT-d, Virtualization, Intel-VT-x, Intel Virtualization Technology, AMD-V, VMX, Vanderpool, and more.

1. Restart your PC and boot into your BIOS menu. You can enter the BIOS menu by pressing the F1 to F12 keys, DEL or ESC keys, depending on the brand of your PC/laptop. Now select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings.

2. Once you boot into your BIOS menu, you have to switch to the tab Boot or
Advanced depending on the brand of your PC/laptop.

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3. Find “Virtualization” in the menu and select “Disabled” or “offYou can search the above-mentioned general terms to identify virtualization in your BIOS menu.

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4. Once disabled, Save and Exit.

5. Now restart your PC/laptop.

6. Press the button again Windows+S on the keyboard and search for “sysinfoClick and launch the app once it appears in the search results.

7. Search “Virtualization-based Security” on the right. It should now say “Disabled“.

And that’s it! VBS is now disabled on your Windows 11 PC. However, if VBS turns out to be still active, you can also use the below guide to disable it from the Group Policy Editor.

How to Disable VBS from Group Policy Editor

1. Press Windows+R on your keyboard to launch a dialog box RUN. Then type: gpedit.msc. Press Enter when done.

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2. Now navigate to the following path:

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Guard

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3. Now double click on the following value: Turn on Virtualization Based Security.

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4. Select Disabled.

5. Click “ok” to save changes.

6. Restart your PC.

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That’s the tutorial on how to disable VBS on Windows 11 PC/Laptop. Hopefully this article is useful for you, thank you for visiting and don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

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