How To Check If Windows 10 CPU Cores Are Parked (2020)
- June 23, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Microsoft Windows
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This lesson can be found within my book 27 Amazing Windows 10 Performance Boosting Tips: A Complete Visual Guide For Beginners, Intermediates & Experts. The goal of this lesson is to teach the user How To Check If Windows 10 CPU Cores Are Parked in 2020, This lesson is performed using a complete visual guide. First, we will assess the primary skill one user will obtain through the lesson. Second, a brief risk analysis of how the lesson can impact system performance and security. Finally, we conclude with learning why this particular lesson is important.
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Risk Analysis Of This Lesson:
Why Learning How To Check If Windows 10 CPU Cores Are Parked (2020) Is Important:
WARNING! Improper Setting Of CPU Core Parking Can Result In System Instability, Performance Issues Or Even Damage To The Hardware.
What Is Core Parking, Anyway?
Core parking was a feature implemented into machines between 2000 and 2010. This little feature was subtle and in some ways, malicious. Many laptop computer manufacturers were advertising multicore processors but not delivering. They certainly were delivering the hardware, but in the software, they were disabling some of the cores. Core disabling is hugely disappointing for those of us who spent the extra money on multicore processors.
It’s not as much of an issue as it used to be. Most of the computer manufacturers rationalized that most software does not take advantage of multicore environments. Therefore, why allow a laptop to lose vast amounts of its battery life for a portion of hardware not in use.
Getting What You Paid For
For me, I would much rather have all of my cores running in the off chance the software I am using can take advantage of it. After all, I made sure to pay the extra money for the processor with the number of cores I wanted. One tricky aspect of this tweak is that it is somewhat inconsistent whether works or not. Not all computer manufacturers used the same registry entries for parking cores. Therefore, utilizing this registry-based modification may result in no search results when you search for the registry key.
Before we do that, though, let’s see if your cores are parked. To do this, you need to click on the start menu button and type in resource monitor. Click on the resource monitor to launch it. Once you’re inside the resource monitor, select the CPU tab. On the right side of the resource monitor, there are several green boxes. These green boxes label each core. If you have a multicore processor, you should have one green box with activity for each core. If your CPU cores are parked, they may say parked.
Sometimes Microsoft Windows does not say if they are parked and the CPU cores show 0% activity. Rather than modifying the registry directly, which can be both intimidating and dangerous, we use a third-party tool for unparking cores. If you found that your CPU cores are not parked, then do not bother following through with this guide.