Skip to main content

Disable Virtual Based Security (VBS) on Windows 11 to Boost Game Performance

Posted October 2021 by Steve Sinchak

If you purchase a modern Windows 11 PC and really care about your game performance, you may notice the Virtual Based Security (VBS) feature in Windows 11 preventing you from reaching top performance with your hardware.  While this is a very important security feature of Windows that isolates critical components from others to prevent your machine from being compromised, if you device is dedicated to gaming and you want to squeeze every little bit of performance out of your hardware, it may be worth checking into if VBS is enabled on your hardware and testing performance with it disabled.

Just to be clear, I would never advocate disabling Virtual Based Security (VBS) on your daily driver hardware.  It is simply too valuable to disable as it helps maintain the integrity of your device and protects the operating system from attacks. It's simply not worth a 5% performance increase if you put the sensitive data on your PC at risk.  But again, if your gaming PC is just for gaming, it may be worth a shot experimenting with the VBS memory protection features.

First, let's check to see if virtual based security is actually enabled on your device.  As I mentioned earlier, generally this feature is only enabled on new hardware or if you previously enabled it on Windows 11 or Windows 10.  Microsoft does not seem to currently enable this on every Windows 11 install.  To see if it is enabled on your PC, click on the start button, type in System Information and hit Enter.  When System Information loads, scroll down on the default System Summary page to see if Virtualization-based security is set to Enabled.

If it is set to Not enabled, then you already have top performance.  You may want to experiment with actually turning it on to better protect your PC.  But either way, you can toggle the capability within the Windows Security app.  To get there follow these steps:

Click on the Start Button and type in Windows Security and hit Enter. Then scroll down to the Devices section of Windows Security app (laptop icon).

Next, click on the Core isolation details link to view the Memory Integrity feature settings.

Finally, toggle Memory integrity on/off to experiment.  Any changes to this setting will require a reboot.

Related Posts

I recently upgraded my home network from gigabit to 10G so I could take advantage of faster transfers between my Synology NAS, Proxmox server, and workstations. But while editing family video clips stored on my NAS, something did not feel right. Every device was connected at 10GbE, but file copy speeds were slower than expected. This made me wonder, are there bottlenecks in my network?

Read More

With remote work the new standard, having a fast and quality Internet connection and WiFi has become as important as reliable electricity. And if you work in IT support, confirming an end user's home internet, internal network, and WiFi is healthy without errors is the first step of troubleshooting any slowness or video conferencing issue with Zoom, Webex or Teams.

Read More

Windows 11 introduces a brand new version of Microsoft Teams build for consumers.  This can be quite annoying if you are a business customer of Microsoft and use the commercial version of Microsoft Teams.  End users can end up with two versions of Teams which can be very confusing.  And good luck trying to explain what version of Teams they should be running since they are both called Microsoft Teams.

Read More

Some users have reported after installing Windows 11 on devices with touch screens the virtual keyboard icon is missing from the taskbar.  This can be very frustrating if you have a touch only tablet and you must plug in an external USB keyboard to be able to work.  Don't worry, the virtual keyboard functionality is still in Windows, it is just hiding by default upon a new install.  Follow these steps...

Read More