Does My Computer Support Virtualization?


Virtualization means different things for different people, but the most common known definition is to create a virtual replica of your operating system. Generally, before the introduction of virtualization option with Windows XP professional, people could not create a virtual OS platform without the desired hardware and options to run two OS on same device. This virtual emulation option for Windows XP allowed people to run certain softwares on the virtual platform in the WIndows 7 PC. To make it understand you better, let us suppose you have Windows 7 on your computer and you want to run a certain software application or game, but it is compatible with Windows XP and not Windows 7. So, you create a virtual OS for Windows XP within your Windows 7 OS.

The Windows XP virtualization option has been terminated for now, since the XP has retired as a platform. But, you can still make use of various third-party applications like VmWare, Virtualbox or Virtual PC. Majority of these softwares does not require Hardware acceleration for virtualization, but some of them may, and those which does not will run even better if your processor has Hardware acceleration options. So in order to know whether your PC support Virtualization, you must check for the Hardware Acceleration option first. In this article I will discuss different techniques to determine whether your Computer Support Virtualization.

How to check your PC to check whether your computer support virtualization?

Virtualization on a computer system is must for those who need to have numerous OS for either testing or other purposes. Virtualization provide you with the freedom to create and run multiple OS within your main PC’s Operating System. Majority of the computer manufacturer currently does provide this option but default. But, what you have an old PC, so how does you would know whether your PC has the option or not? We at our Computer Technical Support receives various queries regarding this issue. I will discuss three main ways via which you can determine your PC has the option of Hardware acceleration or not. Follow these instructions carefully:

Manual Check:

In order to know whether your computer supports virtualization, make sure you know the ID number of your processor manufacturer. You can then put it online and check whether your PC supports hardware acceleration or not. The other way in which you can find it.

  • Right-Click on your computer tab from the home page, and select properties from the drop-down menu.
  • All the details regarding your computer hardware and OS will be listed here. Suppose your processor is Intel core i5.
  • Open your web browser and Google whether Intel core i5 supports hardware acceleration or not. If it does, you can download any of the software like Virtualbox or Vmware to start using virtualization.

Intel/ AMD Utility Application:

Generally, majority of the processor in market are running on Intel’s processor. Your computer will have a utility application for the Intel. Finding the processor’s ID is not an easy job and thus knowing the exact details of the processor becomes a little complex. So open the Intel Utility Application and then from the main page, click on CPU technology. On this page, you will see an option for Virtualization option, if you see a Yes, listed there then your computer does support virtualization. If you have an AMD manufactured processor download their version of utility application, if you already have one, open it. On this application too you will find the Virtualization information under CPU settings.

Third-Party Application:

If finding about hardware acceleration or virtualization seems complex via above-two methods, you can make use of third-party applications to know the complete details about your PC. These third-party applications come in very small size and do not even require you to install them as you can directly launch them from your download section. This information will provide you with complete processor details along with whether your computer supports virtualization. You can also know a great deal about your processor’s architecture. So make sure you download any of the top Processor information processing application and then proceed on with virtualization software.

These are the methods to know whether your computer supports virtualization or not. Hopefully, these steps helped you in resolving the Virtualization option. In case you did not understand any part of the given steps or feel the need of technical intervention from experts, then contact us at our Computer Technical Support. We provide various services regarding your computer, both hardware and Software. We are available for 24*7 round the clock too, so that, even if you need any help. Our computer technicians are highly qualified and experienced. So do not get worried if you have severe computer issue and need immediate help, call at our TFN 1-800-828-6304.

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