How to Find Out If Hyper-Threading Is Turned On

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Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology uses parallel processing threads to increase a chip's speed. Though your operating system can control whether or not to use multiple processors, Hyper-Threading is a feature more fundamental to the processing chip itself. To monitor and control the status of Hyper-Threading in a computer, enter your Basic Input Output System (BIOS), which controls system devices independent of your operating system.

  • Restart your computer. Before Windows boots, a splash image will appear on the monitor, usually with your manufacturer's logo. Instructions at the bottom of the screen will say which button you must press to load the BIOS. Depending on your computer, this could be the "F2," "F10" or "Del" key, for example.

  • Press the key that the instructions specified. This will load the BIOS.

  • Press the "Down" arrow button on your keyboard to highlight the "Hyper-Threading Technology" option.

  • Press "Enter." A blue menu will appear in the middle of the screen. If Hyper-Threading is enabled, "Enabled" will appear highlighted in this menu. If not, "Disabled" will appear highlighted.

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