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.

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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