How to check if your Processor supports Virtualization

Posted: October 27, 2012 in Technology, Windows
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If you are wondering “Can my PC run Virtual Box? “, then this is a guide which will help you identify if your Intel processor supports Virtualization or not.

The first thing you need to do is to download a small tool named “Intel Processor ID Utility”.

Intel Processor Identification Tool : Download Link (~1.5 MB)

Go ahead and Install it , and open it. It will take a couple of seconds to check your processor details. It would show you the processor details such as the “Processor type” , “Model Number”, “Speed of each Core”, “System Bus”, “Cache Memory Size” etc.

Now, click on the tab named “CPU Technologies“.

You need to check these two fields: “Intel(R) Virtulization Technology” and “Intel Vt-x with Extended Page Tables“.

If the “Intel(R) Virtualization Technology” is “Yes” , then your processor supports Virtualization.

The next field “Intel Vt-x with Extended Page Tables” is optional. You don’t need to worry if it says “No”, you can still use Virtualization software but the performance would be slightly lower.

Virtualization Support Check

If you have any sort of queries , just leave a comment and will get back at you. And do follow my blog to get future updates! :D


  1. linuxhospital says:

    good one

  2. LinuxNewbie says:

    how about in linux, how do i check if my cpu is capable of virtualization

    • ΞXΤЯ3МΞ says:

      @LinuxNewbie, you can check if your cpu supports virtualization by checking if the command below gives you any “vmx” outputs:

      # cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep vmx

      The above is used to check for virtualization support for Intel based processors.

      For AMD based processors, use the following command:

      # cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep svm

      Feel free to leave a comment or need any help.Thank you for visiting my blog!

      • LinuxNewbie says:

        @ΞXΤЯ3МΞ, I’ve tried doing the command but nothing happens, why is this so.

        please help. thanks very much

      • ΞXΤЯ3МΞ says:

        @LinuxNewbie , if you don’t get any output after entering that command, then your processor does not support virtualization.

        Also, you can manually check if your processor supports Virtualization or not by getting your processor model name and cross referencing it with the manufacturer website.

        # cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep model

        You can use the above command to check if your processor “model name”. Then you can search the processor model name in Google or search the processor model in the manufacturer’s website and check if it support Virtualization or not.

        For example, if you get the processor model name as Intel i5-3570 , then you can go to the Intel website and search the specification for i5-3570 and check if it supports virtualization or not. Hope this helps.

        Also, let me know your processor name and model number. I can search if it supports Virtualization or not. Feel free to leave a comment or need any help.

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