Check if a CPU Supports Virtualization

by Eric Geier [Published on 5 April 2011 / Last Updated on 1 Feb. 2010]

Check if your PC supports AMD-V, Intel VT or VIA VT.

Some software solutions, such as the new Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions, require a CPU that supports hardware-assisted virtualization. You may see this technology referred to as AMD-V™, Intel® VT or VIA® VT.

You probably won’t find this attribute indicated anywhere in the traditional Windows settings. However, you can download and run the Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool. It will quickly tell you whether or not your CPU supports virtualization. Just keep in mind that virtualization can still be disabled in the BIOS.

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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