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My understanding is that KVM uses the CPU virtualization properties and is much faster than QEMU, which is emulation.

I used the Virtual Machine Manager to create the virtual machine. I am nearly certain that I chose the default, which was KVM.

Why does it say in the tree dropdown, localhost(QEMU) with my virtual machine icon underneath?

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I was able to figure this out. KVM/QEMU/libvirt work together. By typing

virsh dumpxml W2K8

At the top of the output it shows:

<domain type = 'kvm' id='2'>

Another useful command is virt-host-validate

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