HAXM Installation Failed. Install Intel HAXM in Windows

HAXM Installation Failed is a very common error that occurs when installing Android Studio. This guide explains what is Intel HAXM and how to install Intel HAXM. We will also look at various issues that may result in HAXM installation failed error and how to solve them.

What is Intel HAXM

The HAXM stands for Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager. It is a cross-platform hardware-assisted virtualization engine (hypervisor), The Android Emulator use HAXM in intel platforms to speedup & improve performance

Why HAXM Installation Fails

The Android Studio Installs Intel HAXM when you install Android Studio. But you may get the HAXM Installation Failed message because of the following reasons

  • The processor is not Intel-based
  • Unsupported OS
  • Hyper-V Manager must be disabled
  • Virtualization must be enabled in Bios ( VT-x )
  • The PC must support Virtualisation
  • Avast Antivirus may interfere with HAXM Installation
HAXM Installation Failed
HAXM Installation Failed

The processor is not Intel-based

Intel HAXM cannot be used on systems without an Intel processor. Even if the processor is Intel, it still needs to have the support VT-x, EM64T, and Execute Disable Bit

For AMD Based PC, you can use the Hyper-V to run the Android Emulator

OS Not supported

  • Supported Windows OS is 7, 8, 8.1 & 10.
  • Supported macOS is 10.12, 10.13 & 10.14
  • Only 64 bit OS is supported.

Disable the Hyper-V Manager

Hyper-V is another Virtualisation technique just like Intel HAXM. You cannot use both at the same time. Hence, It is necessary to Disable Hyper-V. You can follow these steps to disable Hyper-V 

  1. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off
  2. From the window disable Hyper-V options
  3. Reboot your machine 
Disabling the HyperV. One of the main reasons for HAXM Installation Failed message
Disabling the HyperV. One of the main reasons for HAXM Installation Failed message

Hyper-V might not be disabled

If you have windows 10 features such as Device Guard and Credential Guard is enabled, it can prevent Hyper-V from being completely disabled.

The Device Guard and Credential Guard hardware readiness tool released by Microsoft can disable the said Windows 10 features along with Hyper-V:

  1. Download the latest version of the Device Guard and Credential Guard hardware readiness tool.
  2. Unzip
  3. Open the Command Prompt using Run as administrator
  4. Run the following command
  5. @powershell -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Command "X:\path\to\dgreadiness_v3.6\DG_Readiness_Tool_v3.6.ps1 -Disable"
  6. Reboot.

Virtualization is disabled in Bios

If virtualization is disabled in the BIOS, you need to enable it.

Turn off the PC and then turn it On. Press either F2 or DEL ( The key may differ in your PC) key to enter the BIOS at the startup. You will likely to see a message at the startup regarding the key to press to enter the BIOS

Enabling Virtualisation in Bios
Enabling Virtualisation in Bios

You may see the Virtualisation under any of the following menus.

  • Chipset
  • Northbridge
  • Advanced Chipset Control
  • Advanced CPU Configuration

The feature may go by the name

  • VT-x
  • VT-d (as in the above image)
  • Intel Virtualization Technology
  • Intel VT
  • Virtualization Extensions
  • Vanderpool

PC Does not support Virtualisation

Your CPU may not support Virtualisation. You can refer to Does My Processor Support Intel® Virtualization Technology? article to check if your PC Supports Virtualisation

Avast Antivirus interferes with HAXM Installation

The Avast Antivirus interferes with the HAXM installation. It may also slow down the Android Emulator. The workaround is goto Avast Settings > Troubleshooting and uncheck “Use nested virtualization where available” option

How to Install HAXM

There are two ways in which you can install Intel HAXM.

  1. Using the Android SDK Manager
  2. Direct Download & Install

Installing from Android SDK Manager

Go to Android SDK Manager (Tools -> SDK Manager) and select SDK Tools. You will find the Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator HAXM installer listed here. Select it and click on OK.

Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator HAXM installer
Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator HAXM installer

The clicking OK button does not install the HAXM Always. But it will copy the downloaded files to the under the SDK Location/sdk/extras/intel/Hardware_Accelerated_Execution_Manager/

You can then click on the intelhaxm-android.exe to install as shown below

Direct Download & Install

You can directly download the Installer from the link HAXM Releases

Once you unzip the file, you will find the intelhaxm-android.exe

Install Intel HAXM
Install Intel HAXM

Welcome to the Intel HAXM setup wizard

Welcome to HAXM Setup

Click on Next to complete the installation.

Check if Intel HAXM Can be installed

Use the haxm_check.exe to check if VT is supported in your PC

Check if HAXM is installed

Finally, you need to check if HAXM is installed and running. You can do it from the command prompt by using the command

Reference

  1. HAXM
  2. Direct Download Link of HAXM
  3. Does My Processor Support Intel® Virtualization Technology?
  4. Device Guard and Credential Guard hardware readiness tool
  5. Android Emulator – AMD Processor & Hyper-V Support
  6. What is HyperVisor
  7. EM64T
  8. Execute Disable Bit
  9. VT-x

Summary

Installing Intel HAXM is a must if you want to run Android Emulator in Windows PC. Without which the Android Emulator will run very slowly. It is installed, when Android Studio is installed, but you get the HAXM Installation Failed error message. The most common error is due to the fact that Virtualisation is not enabled on your PC. Or because HyperVisor is running or the processor is not intel based. We learned how to solve all these issues in this guide

7 thoughts on “HAXM Installation Failed. Install Intel HAXM in Windows”

  1. I had the same issue with BlueStacks. I’m not interested in removing hyper-V because it is used by the Windows Credential Guard and I’d prefer to keep that security.

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