Is Hardware Virtualization Necessary?

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Is Hardware Virtualization Necessary?

Ask the Doctor LogoI am running 32-bit Windows 7 and I have a CPU that does not support hardware virtualization. I need virtualization software that does not require Intel VT, and was wondering if you had any recommendations. I have heard of VirtualBox but I’m not sure if you need VT support. Does VMWare have any products that don’t require hardware virtualization?

—Josh Morgan

VirtualBox (www.virtualbox.org) works fine without hardware virtualization support, although it works even better with Intel VT. VMWare Server doesn’t require hardware virtualization, either, but again, you’ll get better results with it.


VirtualBox runs just fine, even if your CPU doesn't support virtualization.

 

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