How to Find Number of Cores in Windows Server 2012/Win-10/8/7

This article will help you to find number of cores in Windows Server 2012 / Windows 10 / 8 and 7. There are 3 ways to find cores in Windows Operating System. First we need to understand the difference between Socket, Core, Hyper Threading and Logical Processors.

Socket: The socket refers to a physical connector on a computer's motherboard that accepts a single physical chip. Many motherboards can have multiple sockets that can in turn accept multi-core chips.

Core: According to wikipedia.org, A single-core processor is a microprocessor with a single core on a chip, running a single thread at any one time. The term became common after the emergence of multi-core processors (which have several independent processors on a single chip) to distinguish non-multi-core designs.

According to computerhope.com, Processors can have a single core or multiple cores. A processor with two cores is called a dual-core processor and four cores is called a quad-core processor. Processors for home computers can even have six or eight cores. The more cores a processor has, the more sets of instructions the processor can receive and process at the same time, which makes the computer faster.

Hyper-threading: Hyper-threading is an Intel technology that originally preceded multi-core systems, and was used to make a single core appear logically as multiple cores on the same chip. Hyper-threading improves performance by sharing the computational workload between multiple cores whenever possible, allowing the operating system to schedule more than one process at a time. For more, see Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.

Logical Processor: Logical cores are the number of physical cores times the number of threads that can run on each core through the use of hyper-threading.

How to Check Number of Cores in Windows?

Just follow step by step guide to find number of cores in Windows. We have taken example of Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 10.

How to Check Number of Cores in Windows Server 2012?

Method-1: Go to Start > RUN or Win + R > Type "msinfo32.exe" and hit enter. You can see below snapshot to identify number of cores and number of logical processors your computer has. In this server we have 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s).


Windows 2012 Server Core through MSINFO32exe

Method-2: Right click on Status bar and open Task Manager.

Windows 2012 Server Core OpenTask Manager

Go to Performance Tab, here you can see 1 socket (physical chip on motherboard), 2 Cores and 4 Logical Processors.

Windows 2012 Server Core through Task Manager

Method-3: Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management and open Device Manager.

OR

Right click on My Computer > Manage > Device Manager

OR

Right click on My Computer > properties > Device Manager

You can select any of the above options to go to Device Manager and check the number of logical processors.

Windows 2012 Server Core through Device Manager

Here you can see 4 logical processors this server has.

Windows 2012 Server Core through Device Manager-1

How to Check Number of Cores in Windows Server 20o8?

Method-1: Go to Start > RUN or Win + R > Type "msinfo32.exe" and hit enter. You can see below snapshot to identify number of cores and number of logical processors your computer has. In this server we have 4 Processors, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s).  It means there are 16 cores in Windows Server 2008.

Windows Server 2008 - CPU Core - MSINFO32.exe

Method-2: Right click on Status bar and open Task Manager. Go to Performance tab and count the number of CPU in the below snapshot. This Server has 16 Cores.

Windows Server 2008 - CPU Core - Task Manager

Method-3: Right click on My Computer > Properties > Device Manager.

Windows Server 2008 - CPU Core Device Manager

How to Find Number of Cores in Windows 10?

Method-1: Go to Start > RUN or Win + R> Type "msinfo32.exe" and hit enter. You can see below snapshot to identify number of cores and number of logical processors your computer have. In this server we have 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s).

How to Find Number of Cores in Windows 10 - Msinfo32

Method-2: Right click on Status bar and open Task Manager. Go to Performance tab and here you can see 1 socket (physical chip on motherboard), 2 Cores and 4 Logical Processors.

How to Find Number of Cores in Windows 10 - Task Manager


Method-3: Right click on My Computer > Properties > Device Manager. Here you can see 4 logical processors this computer has.

How to Find Number of Cores in Windows 10 - Device Manager

I hope this article helped you to understand the basic difference between Socket, Core, Hyper Threading and Logical Processors. This article is really helpful for those who are working as IT Administrator, System Support or Help Desk Support because Microsoft has changed its license policy. Now you will get the Windows Server license core base. For this you should know the number of core your server/computer has.


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