Sorry, this application cannot run under a Virtual Machine

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Seeing the “Sorry, this application cannot run under a Virtual Machine” message on Windows 11 can be a real pain, especially if you bump into it while trying to run a game or another app. This message usually pops up when a game doesn’t like being run in a virtual machine, but it can show up in other situations too. This guide will talk about why this happens and how to fix it.

Also see: Force App or Game to Use Dedicated GPU or Integrated Graphics

Sorry this application cannot run under a Virtual Machine Windows 11

What’s the deal with the “Sorry, this application cannot run under a Virtual Machine” message?

When a game or app figures out that your computer is using virtualization technology, it might stop working and show you this message. The reason? The app wants to protect its content or make sure it works well, so it doesn’t want to run in a virtual environment.

Virtualization can come from different places, like:

  • Hyper-V, which is built into Windows
  • VirtualBox or VMware, which are other programs that create virtual machines
  • Some antivirus software that uses virtualization for protection

Related resource: How to Close Virtual Desktop in Windows 11

How to fix the error

First, see if any virtual machines are running

Before you turn off any virtualization settings, make sure you’re not running any virtual machines like VMware or VirtualBox. Close them if you are.

Virtualbox Virtual Machines Windows 11

Try turning off your antivirus

Some antivirus programs use virtualization and might be causing the problem. Turn it off for a bit and see if that helps. If the error’s still there, keep going with the other steps.

Look into Hyper-V

Open Command Prompt as an admin by hitting the Start button, typing “cmd”, and right-clicking on Command Prompt. Then choose “Run as administrator.” Say yes if it asks for permission.

Command Prompt Run as Administrator

Type systeminfo and hit Enter. Look for the “Hyper-V Requirements” part to see if your computer thinks a hypervisor is running.

Sorry this application cannot run under a Virtual Machine

Turn off Hyper-V

If your computer is using Hyper-V, type bcdedit /set {current} hypervisorlaunchtype off and hit Enter to turn it off. Restart your computer to see the changes.

Disable Hyper-V in Windows 11

Check for other virtualization settings

If you’re still stuck, type “Control Panel” in the search bar and open it. Go to Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.

Turn Windows 11 features on or off

Look for and turn off anything related to virtualization like “Windows Sandbox,” “Windows Hypervisor Platform,” or “Virtual Machine Platform.” Restart your computer one more time.

Linked issue: Turn Windows Features On or Off: “Please wait…”

Turn off Virtual Machines in Windows 11

Turning virtualization back on

If you need virtualization later, here’s how to get it back:

Turning Hyper-V back on

Open Command Prompt as admin again with Win + X and pick Windows Terminal (Admin). Say yes to any permission requests. Type bcdedit /set {current} hypervisorlaunchtype auto and hit Enter.

Enable Hypervisor Windows 11

Restart your computer

Don’t forget to restart your computer to apply these changes.

Useful tip: How to Allocate More RAM to a Game in Windows 11 or 10

Turn other virtualization settings back on

If you turned off any other virtualization features, go back into the Control Panel to turn them back on.

Enable Windows Hypervisor Platform Sandbox

Don’t forget your antivirus

If you turned off your antivirus, make sure to turn it back on to keep your computer safe. If the antivirus was causing the issue, you might need to find a different one or ask the provider for help.

Other ways to try if those didn’t work

Try compatibility mode

Some apps don’t play nice with Windows 11. To fix this, right-click the app and go to “Properties.” Under the “Compatibility” tab, check “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and choose an older version of Windows. Then, try running your app again.

Run game in compatibility mode Windows 11

Update your graphics drivers

Old or wrong graphics drivers can cause problems too. Make sure yours are up to date by checking the manufacturer’s website or using Windows Update.

Reach out for help

If nothing works, it might be time to contact the app or game’s support team for help. They might know about the issue and have a fix or workaround just for you.

The “Sorry, this application cannot run under a Virtual Machine” message can be tough to fix because it involves lots of different complicated settings related to virtualization. But this guide should be able to give you some ideas about what’s going on and get things working again.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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