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Error: x86 emulation currently requires hardware Acceleration - Android on Windows

IMPORTANT - READ ME - YES YOU: At least for me, the exact ORDER of the steps below was important. I tried updating the driver in Device Manager a couple different ways and continued to get the yellow triangle of doom on my VIVO AIR in Device Manager. Follow the steps below or CAVEAT EMPTOR.


I ran into quite a interesting situation trying to get the Android emulators running. I installed Android Studio and it seemed to be working great.  But when I attempted to run to the emulator for the first time, specifically to the "API22 Nexus 5" I received a "ERROR: x86 emulation currently requires hardware Acceleration" error. I dug in the tools for the command line for the emulator:

C:\Users\Joe\AppData\Local\Android\sdk1\tools\emulator.exe -netdelay none -netspeed full -avd Nexus_5_API_22_x86

When run, the command gave me a whopper of a confusing error.

ERROR: x86 emulation currently requires hardware acceleration!
Please ensure Intel HAXM is properly installed and usable.
CPU acceleration status: HAX kernel module is not installed!

Double clicking on emulator in AVD gives same error in popup with the link to .

Ok, time to troubleshoot. First I used the Android SDK Manager and install HAXM.

Navigate to "sdk\extras\intel" and run the HAXM installer. Oh no, a whole new error message:

VT not supported. This computer does not support Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x).
HAXM cannot be installed.
Please refer to the Intel HAXM documentation for more information.


Hyper-V, HAXM? Both emulation technologies running at a low level, yes? Possibly a conflict? So I turn off Hyper-V, try the Android emulator again, and it works. As they say on the Geico commercial, "So I break into my happy dance".


The solution to getting Android Studio Emulators working in my World? Turn Hyper-V off. But you may have to turn it back on again. There are two routes to enabling/disabling Hyper-V.

First is the Services administrator program. In Win8/Win10 just type "services", click on Services, and up will come the Services control program. Find the Hyper-V entry and disable/enable it. I personally recommend a reboot of your computer.

Another route to disabling/enabling Hyper-V is to run the bcdedit program to change the launch of Hyper-V. BCDEdit (boot command edit) allows you to change to boot options of the computer. More information here -  .

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

Then reboot the computer.

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto

Then reboot the computer.

Hope this helps you with getting your Android emulators working on Windows. Lots of fun to be had yet. Watch and I'll keep you posted as I play more.

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