How to tell if a machine is physical or virtual

microsoft windows
If you’re connected via RDP to a remote machine and you would like to know if that is a Virtual or Physical machine, here’s how to do it:

First, check the tray to see if there is a Virtual Management drive in it, like VMware tools for instance. Keep in mind that it can be hidden, so this is not a safe way.

You can also open command prompt and run the following command:


This command will give you detailed information about your machine. Now, scroll up and find the System Manufacturer line.

If it is a Physical Machine (custom build) the result in most cases will be:

System Manufacturer: System Manufacturer

In case of custom build, it should be IBM, Dell or some other manufacturer.

If this is a VMware virtual machine, result should be:

System Manufacturer: VMware, Inc.
System Model: VMware Virtual Platform

If this is a Hyper V or a Microsoft Virtual PC machine the result should be like this:

System Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
System Model: Virtual Machine

Hope you’ll find this info useful.

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12 Responses

  1. Anoop engineer says:

    Very useful…thanks buddy!!!

  2. pgraves says:

    Just found this. Helped me out; thanks a lot.

  3. Umer says:

    Brilliant .. really helpful thanks.!

  4. Nishad says:

    Excellent.. Thanks… 😀

  5. sueann says:

    thanks a lot….

  6. Rob says:

    Thanks for the info. This helped out a ton.

  7. Praveen says:

    Thanks a TON

  8. pradeep says:

    awesome buddy

  9. RPfromPR says:

    On a Windows box, you can narrow down this command’s output to one line by using systeminfo | find “Model:”.

  10. tpmoore56 says:

    Extremely helpful! Thank you!

  11. Jam says:

    Thanks Buddy for this 🙂

  12. Pratik says:

    This is very useful information to identify physical and VM machine in one command “SystemInfo ” and this command give very usefull info in one list. I am appreciate for provide this information. I hope you will provide this type of information in future.

    Pratik Modi,

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