Does my CPU support virtualization?

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Hardware check: does your CPU pass the virtualization test?

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Virtualization is a future trend
The virtualization of operating systems has also reached standard PCs. Whether with Oracle VirtualBox, Citrix Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESXi, more and more PC users are buying a guest operating system. However, before you embark on a virtualization adventure, you should first check whether the CPU in your computer supports this at all.

The two CPU market leaders for PC use, Intel and AMD, have free tools for this purpose. In this way you can check whether the CPU in your computer supports virtualization technology (VT) in terms of hardware and whether the VT may still have to be switched on in the computer's BIOS. It is therefore advisable to run the appropriate tool for the CPU in your computer before you download and install the virtualization software.

The German version of the tool can be found on the Intel support page. Intel offers the CPU test tool called "Detection program for Intel processors" in two versions:

  • The program is available as a bootable version, also in a German language version.
  • In addition, the tool is available in a Windows version and runs from Windows 2000 with all Windows versions in the 32- and 64-bit versions.

Download and installation of the virtualization checkers from Intel and AMD
The Intel program for processor detection is supplied as a file of the file type msi (microsoft installer), but does not differ from the installation of a Windows exe program. During the installation you can choose the installation path.

Market rival AMD also supplies a comparable free tool with the catchy name "AMD Virtualization Technology and Microsoft Hyper-V System Compatibility Check Utility". This would make the intended use unambiguous. The tool runs on all Windows versions from Windows NT (the older ones will remember). In contrast to the Intel tool, this CPU virtualization checker is supplied in the form of a ZIP archive, so that the archive has to be unzipped first.

It's easy to use. Right-click on the unzipped amdvhyperv.exe file and select "Run as administrator" from the context menu. You will then receive a message as to whether the CPU is incompatible, AMD virtualization (AMD-V) is active, or you may have to activate the feature in your computer's BIOS.

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