Detect Processor Security-Related Features Using SecurAble

Detect Processor Security-Related Features Using SecurAble

Whenever you buy a computer, you normally think about its speed and RAM memory size before making an appropriate choice. Today, most of the CPU microprocessors are loaded with a number of interesting capabilities and features apart from great speed. You can easily find out whether or not your system possesses some of the important features by using SecurAble.

SecurAble helps you to determine the architecture of your system (whether it is x86 or x64) and to check whether it supports hardware virtualization and hardware DEP. SecurAble explores your CPU processor and verifies presence/ absence as well as operational status of these most important security related CPU features.

  • 64-bit (X64) instruction extensions.
  • Checks for hardware support to detect and prevent code execution in program data.
  • Verifies hardware support for Virtualization Technology.

 

 

CPUs with 64-bit architecture are capable of running 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista and Windows 7 OS which generally have the OS kernel locked down. Buffer overflow attack exploitation can be stopped with the help of Hardware-enforced DEP.

One can use virtualization technology for creating fully contained Windows environments which can be used for running applications installed in “virtual” machine directly from the host operating system. SecurAble can be downloaded free of charge from the internet and requires no installation.

Check Out The New Virtualization Technology By Microsoft

Check Out The New Virtualization Technology By Microsoft 

Windows Virtual PC (VPC or WVP) Beta is the latest virtualization technology by Microsoft that facilitates users to run multiple virtual systems like Windows XP Mode or XPM in a virtual machine from the desktop of Windows 7. You can run applications on the virtual environment with just one click directly from host system desktop. 

Key features of WVP 

  • Allows you to launch various applications installed on the XPM virtual machine from the desktop of Windows 7 OS, as though you have installed them on Windows 7 itself.
  • Offers a simplified, easy-to-use user interface that is integrated with Windows Explorer in Window 7.
  • Allows sharing of drives, clipboards, printer between the virtual machine and Windows 7.
  • Allows you to access USB devices such as Scanners, Printers, Flash sticks, memory sticks, digital cameras, external hard drives, etc. which are connected to the host system directly from the virtual machines.

XPM, also known as Virtual Windows XP or VXP is a basically a virtual machine that is installed with X86 (32-bit) XP Professional SP3 preloaded on virtual hard disk. This is why various XP productivity applications can directly be installed and run from Windows 7 system. It does so by utilizing virtualization technology i.e. WVP which provides a virtual XP environment on Windows 7. 

The set up installers for WVP and XPM can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center. The WVP Beta version 6.1.7084.0 (32-bit and 64-bit) download is available in all Win 7 languages including Arabic, English, Simplified Chinese (China), French, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Japanese, German, Spanish and Korean. 

The download for XPM beta Version 1.1.7112.1 is available for 32-bit (x86) XPM as well as 64-bit (x64) XPM in the above mentioned Windows 7 languages. 

You need to note that WVP and XPM require a CPU having AMD-V feature or Intel Virtualization Technology. This feature needs to be enabled in BIOS settings. You may use SecurAble to verify whether your CPU supports hardware-assisted virtualization. 

You can install WVP on various editions of Windows 7 such as Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise as Host PC. The supported guest OS include XP Professional SP3, Vista Enterprise SP1, Vista Ultimate SP1, Win 7 Professional, Win 7 Enterprise and Win 7 Ultimate. 

Download  Windows XP Mode 32-bit (x86) Beta 

Version: 1.1.7112.1 

English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese (PRC)
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
French

German
Japanese

Korean
Spanish

Download  Windows XP Mode 32-bit (x86) Beta

Version: 1.1.7112.1

English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese (PRC)
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
French

German
Japanese
Korean

Spanish

Use SecurAble To Check Whether Processor Possesses VT Support For Windows 7 XP Mode

Use SecurAble To Check Whether Processor Possesses VT Support For Windows 7 XP Mode

Specific Windows 7 editions come with optional components called XPM (Windows XP Mode, formally known as VXP (Virtual Windows XP)) and Windows Virtual PC, a virtual PC for Win 7 OS that allows you to run a virtual system for virtualization. You can run and access applications that are installed in virtualized XP instance on your Windows 7 desktop to enable backward compatibility.

XPM is simply a virtual system which runs Windows XP (pre-activated) that uses Windows Virtual PC features. XPM and Virtual PC possess improved functionalities which is why several Windows 7 users wish to have these optional components on their system.

The requirements of Virtual PC on Windows 7 are different as compared to Virtual PC 2007 (Service Pack 1). The main difference is that Windows Virtual PC needs hardware-assisted VT (virtualization technology) support. Microsoft has come up with KB977206 which helps users to hack Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC so that they can be run without any hardware virtualization.

VT is a built-in technology in CPU processors. It is known as Intel VT in Intel chip while it is called AMD-V in AMD processors. This virtualization technology capability is incorporated into a tiny chip which cannot be removed or added manually. Even if your CPU possesses VT, you need to enable the same in BIOS.

A majority of recent CPUs posses default VT operation. However, some of the older CPUs running on OEM PC may not include VT. Without VT support, installation of Virtual PC might not be possible or it might not start working. You will be shown the below mentioned error message in such cases.

“Cannot Start Windows Virtual PC host process. Check the System event log for more details.

 Windows Virtual PC requires hardware-assisted virtualization. There is no hardware-assisted   virtualization support in the system.”

 

 

To check whether your processor supports VT, you would normally go through the list of Intel processor features or features list of AMD CPU. However, this might be pretty time consuming. Instead of doing so, you may confirm whether or not your processor supports VT by making use of SecurAble

SecurAble is a useful utility that displays the status of maximum bit length of your CPU, its DEP as well as virtualization support. You need to simply download SecurAble and directly run it. It does not require any installation. It will quickly display the status of hardware-assisted VT feature of your CPU. If it shows the status as “Locked On” or “Yes”, it means that you are free to use Windows Virtual PC.

In case it shows “No”, it means the CPU does not support VT feature. However, if you see the status as “Locked Off”, it means that VT support is not enabled in BIOS. In such a situation, all you need to do is, restart the system, go to BIOS configuration and turn on or enable the hardware virtualization support.

 

In case the hardware virtualization support is locked off or disabled in BIOS, you will see the below mentioned error when you try to run Windows Virtual PC component on your Windows 7 system.

“Virtual machine could not be started because hardware-assisted virtualization is disabled. Please enable hardware virtualization in the BIOS settings and try again.”

 

 

Apart from SecurAble, Microsoft’s HAV Tool is another utility that helps you detect the status of hardware-assisted virtualization support in your CPU.

Find out whether virtual PC for Windows 7 XP mode is supported your CPU

Find out whether virtual PC for Windows 7 XP mode is supported your CPU

Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC (XPM, as previously it was named as Virtual Windows VXP or XP) are two brand new elective components for particular editions of operating system, Windows 7. The Virtual PC of Windows is the VPC or better known as Virtual PC for Windows 7.

For virtualization, it allows any user to open virtual machines with additional features, like XP Mode for Windows. It allows the user to run and access any applications that is installed in virtual Windows XP mode on the host desktop of Windows 7 for backward compatibility.

As Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC have improved their functions and features, they are hoping to tempt more and more users for Windows 7. Well the requirements of Windows Virtual PC as well as the requirements for Virtual PC service pack 1 of 2007 have a huge difference in them. While the most remarkable change is that it requires hardware assisted support for virtualization technology, in short it is known as VT.

With the release of KB977206 by Microsoft, it has the capability to hack XP mode of Windows and Windows Virtual PC so that it can run virtualization without any assist of hardware.

One of the built in function of CPU processors is VT or hardware virtualization technology. If is it present in Intel chip, then it is called as Intel VT. However, if it is present in AMD chip it is named AMD – V.

The capability of virtualization technology is built on a very small piece of chip on the processor of a computer. It is impossible for any human being to remove it with any manual process. No matter what, in BIOS the virtualization technology should be enabled even though it is featured in CPU.

The feature of virtualization technology operation is a default feature for the modern computers and CPU. While virtualization technology does not support on OEM computers or for DIY, they may be in old computers or even new computers.

In this case Virtual PC of Windows fails to get installed in the machine and thus, it does not allow the starting virtual message. The following error message is displayed in a new popped up window:

Cannot Start Windows Host Process for Virtual PC. For more details check the event log of the system.

Hardware assisted virtualization is required for Windows Virtual PC. In this system it does not support the hardware assisted virtualization.

 

 

Now with the release of SecurAble, you don’t have to browse though the huge list of features for Intel processor or AMD processor to check whether your machine supports virtualization technology or not. SecurAble makes it very easy for all of us. SecurAble is very small yet powerful tool, which displays the DEP, Maximum bit length and even the virtualization support of the CPU.

You don’t have to install SecurAble on your machine. All you have to do is to download this small utility tool named SecurAble from the web site and run the program. After you run it, it will take as little as minutes to show you the status of your CPU including Virtualization Technology Support. If you receive a message as locked on or yes, then you can use the Windows XP mode or Windows Virtual PC properly.

If it is displayed No, then you can’t do anything. However, if it displays Locked OFF, then you have to enable the VT from the BIOS. Just reboot the system and on starting of the system, go to BIOS setting and in the Hardware Virtualization support, turn it on. All problems solved.