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The Processor, commonly known as the CPU (Central Processing Unit) in any computing system, is the main chip designed to accept and execute instructions and produce a result for a specific purpose. A contemporary processor can often process a trillion or more instructions per second.

What is a Processor / CPU in a PC?

A processor, often known as a central processing unit (CPU), is the electrical circuitry within a computer that performs the fundamental arithmetic, logic, regulating, and input/output (I/O) activities described by the instructions.

A multi-core processor is an integrated computer-core circuit with two or more distinct processing units called cores (sometimes known as physical cores), each of which reads and executes program instructions as if the computer had several processors.

If you want to know what Processor you have on your laptop, there are several ways to find out, but the Settings program and Task Manager are the easiest for the typical user to utilize.

How to Check What Processor / CPU is in Your PC in Task Manager

Using the task manager, you can quickly check what Processor or CPU is in your PC. Follow the following steps.

  1. Click on the “Windows” icon, type in “Task Manager,” and select “Task Manager”
     

    Windows 11 - Open Task Manager

  2. Click on the “Performance” tab, and the name of the Processor will be visible, as shown in the picture 
     

    Windows 11 - Task Manager - Performance - CPU

How to Identify What Processor / CPU is in Your PC in Settings

You can visit “Settings” and check out the system details.

  1. Click on the “Windows” icon, and select “Settings” from the pinned applications in the start menu
     

    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. Select “System” from the sidebar, and click on “About” to check out the device details
     

    Windows 11 - Settings - System - About

  3. Under “Device Specifications,” you will be able to see the details regarding the Processor as shown in the picture
     

    Windows 11 - Settings - System - About - Processor

How to Check What Processor / CPU is in Your the PC using Control Panel

Control Panel can also be used to check out the details regarding the Processor or CPU in your PC.

  1. Click on the “Windows” icon, type in “Control Panel,” and select “Control Panel” from the result 
     

    Windows 11 - Open Control Panel

  2. Type in “System” and click on “System,” as shown in the picture 
     

    Windows 11 - Control Panel - Open System

  3. In the “About” section, the details of the Processor specification will be visible under the “Processor” 
     

    Windows 11 - Settings - System - About - Processor

How to Check What Processor / CPU is in Your PC in System Information (msinfo32)

You can check what Processor or CPU is in your PC through the System Information.

  1. Click on the “Windows” icon, type in “msinfo32”, and select “System Information” from the result 
     

    windows 11 - Open msinfo32

  2. Select “System Summary” from the sidebar, and check out the details of the Processor next to the item “Processor” 
     

    windows 11 - msinfo32 - System Summary - Processor

How to Check What Processor / CPU is in Your the PC using the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag)

Using the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxiag), you can see all the Processor details on your PC.

  1. Click on the “Windows” icon, type in “dxdiag,” and select “dxdiag” from the result 
     

    Windows 11 - Open dxdiag

  2. On the “DirectX Diagnostic Tool” dialogue box, click on “Yes”
      

    If you just want to check what CPU is inside your PC and/or the CPU clock speed, you can also click “No” here.

    Windows 11 - dxdiag - Confirm

  3. In the “DirectX Diagnostic Tool,” under the “System” tab, the processor details will be visible next to the “Processor” 
     

    The DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag) will show the number of cores in your CPU as CPUs in parenthesis. 

    Windows 11 - dxdiag - Confirm - System - Processor

How to Check What Processor / CPU is in Your the PC with Device Manager

You can also check out the processor details in the “Device Manager” a,s explained in the following steps.

  1. Click on the “Windows” icon, type in “Device Manager,” and select “Device Manager” from the result 
     

    Windows 11 - Open Device Manager

  2. Click on the “Dropdown” before the “Processors” to see all the details of the Processor 
     

    Device Manager will show every CPU core as a single entry so you will know how many cores your CPU has.

    Windows 11 - Open Device Manager - Processors

How to Check What Processor / CPU is in Your PC with Command Prompt

You can run a specific command to find out all the details regarding the Processor on your PC.

  1. Right-click on the “Windows” icon and select “Windows Terminal (Admin)” from the context menu 
     

    Windows 11 - Open Windows Terminal

  2. Click on the “Dropdown” icon and select “Command Prompt” from the options 
     

    Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - Open Command Prompt

  3. Type in the following command and press “Enter” to see the processor details 
     

    wmic path win32_Processor get Name,NumberOfCores,NumberOfLogicalProcessors
    

     

Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - Command Prompt - Enter the Cmd

How to Check What Processor / CPU is in Your the PC using PowerShell

You can type in a specific “Windows PowerShell” command to see all the processor details.

  1. Right-click on the “Windows” icon and select “Windows Terminal (Admin)” from the context menu 
     

    Windows 11 - Open Windows Terminal

  2. Click on the “Dropdown”, and select “Windows PowerShell” from the options 
     

    Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - Open Powershell

  3. Type in the following command and press “Enter” to see the processor details 
     

    Get-WmiObject win32_Processor


    Windows 11 - Windows Terminal - PowerShell - Enter the Cmd

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