Windows 11 VBS: How To Turn Off VBS In Windows 11

Do you want to know how to turn off VBS in Windows 11? With the recent release of Microsoft's latest OS, users are starting to look for ways to optimise performance to meet their needs. One of the potential decisions to make is regarding VBS, and whether to let it un, or whether to disable it.

In an effort to help you make that decision, we've put a series of words together. Those words have formed sentences. Such is the miracle of life. We'll tell you how to turn of VBS in Windows 11, and also let you know a little about what VBS actually is. You can then decide whether or not you need it in your life.

How To Turn Off VBS In Windows 11

If you've upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, then VBS is switched off by default. Unless of course, you turned it on prior to upgrading. But if you have a shiny new device with Windows 11 pre-installed, then VBS will be active automatically. In order to turn off VBA in Windows 11:

  • Go to your Settings menu
  • Click on Privacy and Security
  • Then select Windows Security
  • Halfway down this screen you'll see an option labelled Device Security. Click this.
  • You then need to select Core isolation details
  • Finally, you'll see a toggle switch under Memory Integrity. Switch this to Off, close the menu, and restart your PC to let the changes take effect.

Now that you know how to turn off VBS, you may want to know a but more about what it is, so you can decide whether or not turning it off is really the best option for you.

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What is VBS?

VBS stands for Virtualization-based Security. This isolates part of the memory, and uses it to to host security features for Windows 11. This includes something called HVCI (Hypervisor-protected code integrity). In short, it makes Windows 11 more secure than it otherwise would be.

More security is good, right? Well, in general terms, yes. And for most people, keeping VBS turned on will have no discernible impact on their day-to-day use of their computer. The security benefits, such as protection from ransomware, more than offset any performance issues.

However, VBS and HVCI can have a significant impact on the performance of your computer. For people who need every ounce of processing power they can get, such as someone doing graphically intense animation, or playing computer games competitively, then it does start to matter.

For those sorts of power-users, VBS will significantly effect performance. In this instance, turning off VBS on Windows 11 may make a significant difference. But it isn't without risk, as it will impact the security of your device. As ever, it's up to you to weigh those risks, and decide where your priorities lie.

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