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Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

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  • Version: 1.0
  • Category: Tool
  • Language: English

The Hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV) detection tool checks if the computer processor supports HAV and if this setting is enabled.

  • Windows Virtual PC requires processors capable of hardware-assisted virtualization with AMD-V™, Intel® VT or VIA® VT turned on in the BIOS.

    The HAV detection tool helps you check if the computer processor supports hardware virtualization. The tool also checks if this feature is enabled on the processor.

    For more information about Windows Virtual PC, please visit the Windows Virtual PC website.


Status: Deleted

This download is no longer available on The downloads below are archives provided by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine from the Microsoft Download Center prior to August 2020.

FileSHA1 HashSize
HAV Detection Tool - User Guide.mht4bddb9d8c201f5d992af300af9ab14db43d27103596 KB
havdetectiontool.exe3bb578a49a7dafacf54fc19b91e7d5736ad0a546162 KB

System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3

  • Note: Only the following versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista is supported:
    • Windows Vista Service Pack 1, 2 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate)
    • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Professional), Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Professional)
    • Hard disk requirement: 1MB

Installation Instructions

    • Download the application (havdetectiontool.exe) to your local machine. There is only one installer for both 32 bit and 64 bit machines.
    • Double click on the application and follow the prompts. Note: The tool requires administrator privileges.
    • Refer to the User Guide for more details.

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