Number of core processors working

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  1. Posts : 389
    W11 Home( 64-bit)
       #1

    Number of core processors working


    My MSConfig shows number set at #1 (I guess by default). But the list of numbers includes up to #8. What happens (good or bad) if I set it at #8? Or #4?
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  2. Posts : 2,911
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro
       #2

    Are you talking about this window?

    Number of core processors working-image.png

    Mine, by default, doesn't have a check for that first top box. I see the "1" right under it. But since the box is not checked, I cannot change that number. When it's unchecked, Windows automatically uses however many core processors it needs.
    I did a quick internet search, and it is not recommended that you check that box nor change the number right under it.

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...c-7bf78b44fe22

    First reply: "Those settings are only for testing..."

    It's best to have that window look exactly like mine. I wouldn't change anything there.
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  3. Posts : 2,188
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #3

    pepanee said:
    Mine, by default, doesn't have a check for that first top box. I see the "1" right under it. But since the box is not checked, I cannot change that number. When it's unchecked, Windows automatically uses however many core processors it needs.
    I did a quick internet search, and it is not recommended that you check that box nor change the number right under it.
    Technically that is the number of logical processors. I have an 8-core/16-thread CPU. That dialog shows 16 logical processors for me.

    Number of core processors working-number-cores.jpg
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  4. Posts : 389
    W11 Home( 64-bit)
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Yes. Originally, my box was unchecked (like yours). When I checked it. the list showed 8 numbers. I have no idea what the numbers represent (cores? I know my PC has 4). There was a logger at Facebook who demonstrated how to make the maximum number of cores to work, and she chose 8 (no explanation). I presumed the more the better. I did not notice any difference between #1 and # 8. So, after your response, I switched back to default setting (unchecked box and #1). Now, we are identical. Thanks for your attention and time.
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  5. Posts : 2,911
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro
       #5

    coolnewyorker said:
    Yes. Originally, my box was unchecked (like yours). When I checked it. the list showed 8 numbers. I have no idea what the numbers represent (cores? I know my PC has 4). There was a logger at Facebook who demonstrated how to make the maximum number of cores to work, and she chose 8 (no explanation). I presumed the more the better. I did not notice any difference between #1 and # 8. So, after your response, I switched back to default setting (unchecked box and #1). Now, we are identical. Thanks for your attention and time.
    Yes, you're welcome. Don't worry about changing that; Windows does it automatically whenever it needs to.

    And MisterEd, I don't know all the advanced terminology yet. Maybe one day I'll learn the terms. hah.
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  6. Posts : 389
    W11 Home( 64-bit)
    Thread Starter
       #6

    So, MrEd, the number represent the number of processors employed? Did you check the box? How many are you using?
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  7. Posts : 2,188
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #7

    coolnewyorker said:
    So, MrEd, the number represent the number of processors employed? Did you check the box? How many are you using?
    I have the box unchecked so Windows uses the maximum which for my CPU is 16 logical processors.

    Back in 2002 Intel started using Hyper-threading. Hyper-threading allows each physical CPU core to appear to Windows as two logical processors. This increases the system performance by up to 30%. When AMD introduce the Ryzen CPUs in 2017 they had their own version of Hyper-threading but since this is trademarked by Intel they had to call it Simultaneous Multi-Threading.

    If you want to see what your computers CPU has:
    • Open the Task Manager by Pressing the CTRL+ALT-DELETE keys at the same time
    • Select the Performance tab
    • Select CPU
    • At the bottom right you will see how many Cores & Logical processors your CPU has


    Below you see that my laptop's AMD Ryzen 7 6800H CPU has 8 cores and 16 logical processors

    Number of core processors working-cores_in_task_manager_edited-1.jpg
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  8. Posts : 1,203
    Windows 10
       #8

    You don't need to worry about that checkbox it should be disabled its only meant for testing and you should not have it enabled.
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  9. Posts : 389
    W11 Home( 64-bit)
    Thread Starter
       #9

    MrEd, this is my CPU. (Caution: I am clueless what this is. But I appreciate learning.)
    Number of core processors working-cpu.png
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  10. Posts : 1,203
    Windows 10
       #10

    Do you read the posts already? Pepane already mentioned it and i have mentioned it as well, you don't need to worry about that setting, in fact msconfig all together.
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