If you want to know what processor (“CPU”) is in your computer, you can quickly look it up in Windows. Windows provides you with several ways to display processor information.
The processor, also known as the CPU, provides the instructions and processing power the computer needs to do its job. The more powerful and modern the processor, the faster the computer can perform its tasks. So you can help your computer think and work faster by purchasing a more powerful processor.
Not only when re-purchasing a CPU is it helpful to know the make and model. The make and model of the CPU is also relevant when troubleshooting hardware problems or replacing other hardware.
What kind of Processor (CPU) do I have in my Windows 11 or 10 PC?
Display processor information via device specifications
Windows provides a simple overview of the most relevant computer information. This is the device specifications overview.
To open the Device Specifications, right-click on the Start button. Then, in the menu, click Settings. Then, on the left side in Settings, click on System, and then click on “Info” at the very bottom.
Then click on “Device Specifications” to display the information about your PC. Here you will see “Processor” with the information about the processor in your computer behind it.
Viewing processor information through Task Manager
Task Manager is a tool to manage Windows processes. You can also look up computer specifications such as the CPU. This view provides more comprehensive information about the CPU in your computer.
For example, in task manager, you can see the current speed of the CPU, the CPU speed, the processes, the number of sockets, and more.
Press the CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination. Then click on “task manager.” In task manager, click “more details” and then on “Performance” tab. On the left side, click “Processor” to display the CPU information.
Viewing Processor Information through System Information
System Information is a comprehensive app in Windows 10 or 11 that provides insight into a variety of information about your computer system. This includes processor information. Basically, you can view anything you want to know about your PC through the system information app.
Right-click on the Start button. In the menu, click on Run. In the Run window type: msinfo32.exe.
On the left side, click on “System Overview” and then on the right side you will see an item “Processor” with the processor’s make and model, clock speed etc.
No access to Windows and still see processor information
If you do not have access to your Windows computer. For example, due to a faulty installation or a forgotten password. Then you can still view information about your computer hardware through the BIOS.
For this, you need to access the BIOS. You do this by booting the computer and pressing the F2, DEL, F1, F10, or any other function key to boot the BIOS. In the BIOS, you will usually see a “system information” or “system information”, “main” screen containing CPU/processor specifications.
I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!