How to Identify a Processor From DOS

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The MS-DOS command prompt included with the Windows operating system has a "systeminfo" command that lets you identify several configurations and hardware components, including the installed central processing unit. The command shows you Windows information, network card configurations and any processes running on the computer. The command allows users to identify hardware information and audit system resources.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button. Type "cmd" in the Windows search text box. Press "Enter" to open the MS-DOS command line utility.

  • Type "systeminfo." Press "Enter." Typing the command with no switch options shows all system information for the computer, including the processor. It takes several minutes for the computer to gather the information.

  • Scroll down the command line window to the location of the "Processor(s)" section. This section lists the processor name and configurations for the computer.

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