Configure Multi Core Settings In Windows 8

Windows 7 already provides an option to configure its cores using System Configuration Utility (msconfig). This gives us solid proof that it is multi-core supported. But talking about the new OS i.e. Windows 8, we are not able to configure the multi-core settings it, using same procedure.

Windows 8 multi core support

Now the following question arise:

1. Does Windows 8 support only single core processor?

2. Does there exist any method by which we can configure other cores for Windows 8?

3. If Windows 8 is multi-core supported, then how could we prove or configure this?

In this article, we’re going to discuss these questions.

First of all let us make it clear that Windows 8 is already configured for multi-core support.

Actually the setting for the second processor is optional. If you configure this, as is shown in the image shown below, there won’t be any  noticeable changes.

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There is also an another setting which lies in the all new Task Manager of Windows 8. All you need to do is to open the Task Manager and click on Performance. You will obviously see the processing graph for single processor.

But I wanted to see the graph for multi-core. Since Windows 8 supports multi-core, it must be able to display processes for each processor individually. Click on the graph and select Change graph to and then Logical processors.

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After selecting Logical processors in above graph, the graph splits into two processors and shows that Windows 8 is already supporting multicore processing. The individual display for each of the processors can be seen.

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Here the CPU 0 and CPU 1 are the pre-defined cores and do not depend on whether you configure them or not. But we may see some changes for tablets.

So in conclusion, I have to say that Windows 8 natively already by default, supports multi-core, and you do not need to configure them. They are configured optimally.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows - Consumer and a Microsoft Content Creator. He recommends that you create a system restore point first before tweaking the registry.
  • Konstantin Blohin

    Need to start from this “So in conclusion, I have to say that Windows 8 natively already by default, supports multi-core, and you do not need to configure them. They are configured optimally.” not finish!

  • Chuck

    I understand that Windows 8 supports multi-core processors, but for some reason, only 4 of my 8 cores are being utilized at any one time. Could anyone explain why this is and how to fix it?

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