Does your Windows PC support Virtualization?

Now as the Windows 8 DP has been released, many want to try it out. There are various Virtualization software for trying out Windows 8 on a machine without affecting your machine setup as it can be run from within the present setup. We have already seen this in the article as how to install Windows 8 on VirtualBox.

Many of these Virtualization software require Hardware Assisted Virtualization or HAV. This is available in processors that include a virtualization option specific processors with Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology.

So how can you check whether your Windows PC supports Virtualizationor not?

Hardware Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Microsoft has provided a tool called Hardware Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool (HAV) which checks if the computer processor supports HAV and if this setting is enabled.

When you run this tool and if your system supports virtualization and the setting is enabled in BIOS then you will see this:

And if your PC supports it, but it has not been enabled in BIOS, you will get this:

Then you have to enable HAV from BIOS.

This screenshot shows the BIOS option. This may be different on your system depending on the BIOS.

And if your PC doesn’t support virtualization, then you will get to see this:

So  if you want to try Windows 8 DP on your PC using Virtual machine, or simply check if your Windows computer supports virtualization, download and run this tool. Of course one can always clean install or do a dual install, if your PC doesn’t support virtualization and if it meets the minimum requirements for that OS to run.

Download Microsoft Hardware Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool here.

Also see SecurAble.

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  1. Anon

    Hardware Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool is sadly not available for windows 8 🙁

  2. You can use Coreinfo, a command-line utility that shows you the mapping between logical processors and the physical processor, NUMA node, and socket on which they reside, as well as the cache’s assigned to each logical processor.

    Run this tool before enabling the Hyper-V feature from an elevated command prompt.

    Command: coreinfo.exe -accepteula -v

    The output provided by the tool will tell you if the CPU supports hardware assisted virtualization and if the CPU supports SLAT (SLAT is required for RemoteFX vGPU with Hyper-V). There will be listed a * before the options that are supported, says Microsoft.

    Else use SecurAble, mentioned in the post.

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