How to Disable Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) in Windows 11

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2. Under the ‘System Summary’ section, you will see an item titled ‘Virtualization-based security’ on the right pane. If the value for Virtualization-based security is shown as ‘Running’, VBS is enabled in your Windows 11 PC. On the other hand, the value ‘Not enabled’ denotes that VBS is disabled in your machine.

Disable Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) in Windows 11Method 1: Disable Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) from Settings

1. Press the Win key to open Windows Search, type ‘Core isolation’, and click ‘Open’.

2. Check if the ‘Memory integrity’ toggle is enabled by default. If it is, all you have to do is turn off the ‘Memory integrity’ toggle to disable VBS on your Windows 11 PC.

3. Windows Security will then prompt you to restart your PC. Click on ‘Restart’ from the notification that appears now (if you haven’t disabled all Windows 11 notifications).Method 2: Remove Windows Components to Disable Virtualization-Based Security (VBS)

Another way of disabling VBS is by removing Windows components responsible for the feature. To be specific, you will have to disable Windows Hypervisor Platform, Virtual Machine Platform, and Microsoft Defender Application Guard on your Windows 11 PC.

1. To start, type in and search for ‘Windows features’ after pressing the Windows key and choose ‘Open’.

2. Here, uncheck Windows Hypervisor Platform, Virtual Machine Platform, and Microsoft Defender Application Guard. If available, you will find Microsoft Defender Application Guard under Media Features. Once you have unchecked all of these options, click on ‘OK’ to save the changes.Method 3: Disable Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) from Registry Editor

  • You could also utilize Registry Editor to disable VBS in Windows 11. Open Windows Search, type ‘regedit’ or ‘Registry Editor’, and click on ‘Open’.
  • 2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the path given below and double-click on ‘EnableVirtualizationBasedSecurity’ on the right pane. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\DeviceGuard

    4. Set the value data of EnableVirtualizationBasedSecurity to ‘0’ and restart your Windows 11 PC. Method 4: Disable Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) from Group Policy Editor

    Note: This method won’t work on Windows Home editions even if you have used the workaround to enable Group Policy Editor.

    1. Open the Run window using the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut ‘Win + R’, type ‘gpedit.msc’, and click on OK.

    2. Once Group Policy Editor opens up, navigate to the following path:Local Computer Policy\\Computer Configuration\\Administrative Templates\\System\\Device Guard

    3. From the right pane, double-click ‘Turn on Virtualization Based Security’.

    4. When Virtualization Based Security’s dialog box shows up, choose the ‘Disabled’ option and click ‘OK.Turn off VBS to Improve Gaming Performance in Windows 11

    So that brings us to the end of our guide on how to disable Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) in Windows 11. Considering the security benefits of VBS and HVCI, we would not recommend disabling the feature. However, it is something you could consider if your PC’s gaming performance has noticeably been impacted after the Windows 11 update. Meanwhile, you could also go through our dedicated guide on how to debloat Windows 11 and speed up the OS to improve performance.

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