Q108485: How Do I Determine My Computer's Processor Speed?

Most applications require that your computer system meet certain minimum requirements in order for the installation to run. One of those requirements is processor speed. Processor speed measures how many instructions per second your computer can execute in megahertz or gigahertz (MHz or GHz).

To find the minimum system requirements needed to run your installation, check the product packaging, CD label, or product documentation. This article provides instructions for determining your processor speed.


Windows XP

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > System or Start > Control Panel > System.
  2. On the General tab, the processor type and processor speed are listed in the Computer block.

Windows 2000

  1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.
  2. Expand System Information.
  3. Click System Summary and locate Processor in the Item column. The processor speed is listed in the Value column.

Windows NT

  1. Make certain you are logged on to Windows NT with administrative privileges. Usually you already have administrative privileges on your home computer, to check, see Acquire Administrative Privileges on Your Computer.
  2. Click Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Windows NT Diagnostics.
  3. Click the System tab to check for processor type. The System screen displays processor type and speed in the Processor(s) block.

Windows 95/98/ME

  1. Shut down your computer.
  2. Turn on your monitor.
  3. Turn on your computer.
  4. Watch your monitor closely as information displays on the screen. The processor type and processor speed will be display in the following format: Pentium 300

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Last Modified Date: 11-06-2009ID: Q108485