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VMWare Player avoid CPU detection

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April 7, 2014 12:32:16 AM

Hi. I was wondering if anyone knows a means by which I can avoid a virtual windows XP from noticing hardware changes in the host - in particular the CPU seems to be 'passed thru' from the host directly.
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April 7, 2014 12:38:10 AM

What do you mean exactly?
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April 7, 2014 12:43:13 AM

What problem are you trying to avoid?

Perhaps if you could explain why it matters that the VM sees the host's CPU someone might be able to offer a suggestion.
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April 7, 2014 12:49:31 AM

What I need is for the virtual Windows XP not to know if it runs on a Xeon E7 or a n i5-3210M or whatever it is running on.
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April 7, 2014 12:50:33 AM

Why?
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April 7, 2014 12:52:31 AM

nevermind the why
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April 7, 2014 12:53:18 AM

And what do you want it to think it is running on?

Again, why you want this - and what you are trying to achieve - is important. The short answer to your original question is that you can't hide the CPU from the guest. But there may be another way to achieve your objective.
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April 7, 2014 12:54:00 AM

Well if i don't know what you're trying to achieve i can't really give you any advise. But if you need to make use of an instruction set your CPU doesn't support that's not going to happen
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April 7, 2014 1:01:30 AM

I don't need any instruction set not commonly available, I just want the system not to notice if it's running on different, still intel core i, hardware.
It's being deployed to a multitute of computers and there is potentially an issue with the software in it if the cpu change is detected.
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April 7, 2014 1:04:13 AM

If the software is that sensitive to the CPU then I think you are out of luck. Most software just assumes the most generic CPU. What particular software is it that will only run on certain CPUs?
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April 7, 2014 1:05:38 AM

some specialized stuff for controlling automation robots, but nevermind I'll find another way around it.
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