The CPU is basically considered to be the core of any computer, tablet and even smartphones. It is what makes everything run exactly as it should.
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Think of the CPU as the brains inside your device. Since this tiny component is responsible all by itself for executing every command within every program, it has to be fast. By having a great — and speedy — CPU, your entire system and all of its various software will run faster and smoother. There are several reasons you may need to know which type of CPU you currently have: it may be time to upgrade or you may be buying new software and need to make sure that the processor you are running can handle it.
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Whatever the case, figuring out what you currently have is a fairly simple matter. These instructions and screenshots will be from Windows Older iterations of the operating system will vary slightly, but not by much. Doing so will bring up a system window which will look similar to this:. As you can see in the photo, it shows the manufacturer of my processor, which is Intel in this machine. It gives the model of my CPU, which is an i It also shows the processor speed, which in this instance is 2.
This means that yes, I have an older laptop and am in desperate need of an upgrade. However, this old Toshiba is still serving my needs well.
There are MANY different types of software out there that will give you information about your computer system. However, I have always worked with — and highly recommend — a piece of software called Aida64 — formerly known as Everest. There is a free trial that will allow you to get the information you need and save the reports it will generate. It will give you a plethora of information that is easy to understand and also has a very light footprint on your overall system. To use Aida64, you will first need to download and install it from the home page.
Note that there is also a version for mobile devices, as well as paid-for and corporate iterations. Choose the very top option: the executable file for Aida64 Extreme. A new window will open, asking where you wish to download from. Many types of software have downloads that are hosted in more than one place — especially any type of security software.
Scroll down to download locations and choose one. I personally recommend downloading directly from Aida here. A box will then pop up asking you where you wish to save the file.
Once downloaded, go ahead and get the software installed. The install will go extremely fast and the program will open itself as soon as it is finished.
This is the window you will see when it first runs:. You can also open the Norton product from the Windows system tray, or from the Windows start menu.
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