Ways to Fix the Memory Integrity Feature Grayed Out on Windows 11
Windows 11 comes with a lot of new features and improvements, but like every operating system, it can experience issues from time to time. One such problem that users have reported is the Memory Integrity feature being grayed out. This feature is designed to protect your computer from malicious attacks by preventing unsigned drivers from running on your system. If you have encountered this problem, don’t worry, as there are several ways to fix it.
Check if Your System Supports Memory Integrity
The first thing you need to do is check if your computer supports Memory Integrity. This feature requires certain hardware and software requirements for it to work correctly. Your system must have a secure boot enabled, TPM 2.0, and support for virtualization-based security. If your computer does not support these requirements, the Memory Integrity feature will be grayed out.
To check if your system meets these requirements, go to the Task Manager and click on the performance tab. Look for “Virtualization” and check if it says “Enabled”. If you see this, your system is capable of running Memory Integrity.
Update Your System BIOS
If your computer supports Memory Integrity, the next step is to update your system BIOS. The BIOS, or Basic Input/Output System, is responsible for initiating the hardware components of your computer. If your BIOS is outdated or corrupted, it may cause issues with the Memory Integrity feature and prevent it from being enabled.
To update your BIOS, visit the manufacturer’s website and download the latest version. Follow the instructions carefully to complete the installation process.
Enable Virtualization in the BIOS
If updating your system BIOS did not help, the next step is to check if virtualization is enabled in the BIOS. Virtualization-based security is a requirement for Memory Integrity to work correctly.
To check if virtualization is enabled, restart your computer and enter the BIOS setup. Look for settings related to virtualization and make sure they are enabled. For example, on most computers, you’ll find virtualization settings under the advanced tab.
Update Your Drivers
Sometimes outdated or corrupt drivers can cause the Memory Integrity feature to be grayed out. Ensure that all your system drivers are up-to-date by checking on the manufacturer’s website. Updating your drivers could help fix the issue.
Restart Hyper-V Services
The Memory Integrity feature uses the Hyper-V services to work, and sometimes restarting these services can fix the problem. Follow the steps below:
- Right-click on the Windows Start button
- Click on “Run” and type “services.msc”
- Look for the “Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management” service
- Right-click on it and select “Restart.”