Running multiple operating systems on a computer is something all tech enthusiasts enjoy doing. You can do this by installing the operating system to a separate hard disk partition or as a virtual machine. In computing, virtualization can mean a number of things. The most common definition defines it as creating a virtual version of something on a computer, for instance a virtual operating system that runs on a PC. Installing an operating system as a virtual machine is more advantageous because you don’t have to constantly restart your computer to access the other OS.
However, in order to create a virtual machine, your processor must support virtualization. Fortunately, there are many tools that enable you to check if your processor supports hardware virtualization (Intel VT-x or AMD-V). This post will guide you how to find out for yourself.
Method #1: Windows Task Manager
If you are using Windows 10 operating system, the easiest way to check is by opening up Task Manager.
Step 1: Open Task Manager by these key combination CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.
Step 2: Go to Performance Tab.
You should see virtualization as shown on the above screenshot. If it is enabled, it means that your CPU supports virtualization and is currently enabled in BIOS. If it shows disabled, you need to enable it in BIOS, in case you don’t see virtualization, it means that your CPU does not support hardware virtualization.
Method #2: Using “systeminfo” command
Step 1: + R and then type “cmd” and click “OK” to open up a regular Command Prompt.
Step 2: Type “systeminfo” command.
Step 3: If you see “Yes” for Hyper-V requirement properties, it means that you have hardware virtualization capable CPU which could either be AMD-V or Intel VT-x.
Method #3: Using Intel Processor Identification Utility (Intel users)
Step 1: Download and Install Intel Processor Identification Utility.
Step 2: Run the application and navigate to “CPU Technologies” tab.
If you see tick mark next to “Intel Virtualization Technology” then you can be certain that your processor supports hardware virtualization.
Method #4: AMD-V with RVI Hyper-V Compatibility Utility (AMD users)
If AMD is the manufacturer of your computer’s CPU then you need to download and run “AMD-V with RVI Hyper-V Compatibility Utility” tool which you can download from the manufacturer’s website.
Step 1: Download and Install AMD-V with RVI Hyper V Compatibility Utility.
Step 2:Launch the tool with elevated privileges by extracting all its content. You will see something like the below screenshot.
Since I am running this tool on the Intel CPU, the result fails. If you have AMD CPU and see something like this, it mean that you don’t have AMD CPU that supports hardware virtualization. In other hand, if you see a success message, it means that your AMD CPU supports hardware virtualization.
I have shown you 4 different methods to find out if your processor supports Intel VT-x or AMD-V. In some cases, hardware virtualization is disabled by default in BIOS settings. If you know your CPU model supports virtualization, you need to enable it from your BIOS settings. In case, your processor does not support hardware virtualization at all, you can try buying a new processor or new computer.
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