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Windows 7: MSconfig can only see 1 processor on a quad core


20 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
MSconfig can only see 1 processor on a quad core

Hi,

I was just doing some tweaking with the processes running at startup, and while I was in msconfig, I looked under the "boot" tab to see that apparently I only have 1 processor. When I clicked the dropdown menu, it still only gave me the option for 1.

Does this mean the commputer is not accessing the other 3? Does it actually mean anything??

Dell Studio Intel Quad Core Q9400 2.66GHz
Win 7 64-bit
4GB RAM

Please help!

Thanks

Sukh

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20 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sukh101 View Post
Hi,

I was just doing some tweaking with the processes running at startup, and while I was in msconfig, I looked under the "boot" tab to see that apparently I only have 1 processor. When I clicked the dropdown menu, it still only gave me the option for 1.

Does this mean the commputer is not accessing the other 3? Does it actually mean anything??

Dell Studio Intel Quad Core Q9400 2.66GHz
Win 7 64-bit
4GB RAM

Please help!

Thanks

Sukh
No, this is for diagnostics (and other things) If "task manager" is showing all 4 cores, you are in good shape. Don't change the settings in MSCONFIG on the Boot tab.

Hope this helps. Welcome to the forum!
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20 Dec 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sukh101 View Post
Hi,

I was just doing some tweaking with the processes running at startup, and while I was in msconfig, I looked under the "boot" tab to see that apparently I only have 1 processor. When I clicked the dropdown menu, it still only gave me the option for 1.

Does this mean the commputer is not accessing the other 3? Does it actually mean anything??

Dell Studio Intel Quad Core Q9400 2.66GHz
Win 7 64-bit
4GB RAM

Please help!

Thanks

Sukh
Can only tell you what I know. I go to boot and I see one processor. I go to the drop down menu I see 1
2
3
4

Mine shows what I would expect.
I have a quad core Q8200

To be upfront, this is not my area of expertise, I told you what I know and it may help. If not we have many experts here in many areas, one will be by to help out.
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20 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sukh101 View Post
Hi,

I was just doing some tweaking with the processes running at startup, and while I was in msconfig, I looked under the "boot" tab to see that apparently I only have 1 processor. When I clicked the dropdown menu, it still only gave me the option for 1.

Does this mean the commputer is not accessing the other 3? Does it actually mean anything??

Dell Studio Intel Quad Core Q9400 2.66GHz
Win 7 64-bit
4GB RAM

Please help!

Thanks

Sukh
Can only tell you what I know. I go to boot and I see one processor. I go to the drop down menu I see 1
2
3
4

Mine shows what I would expect.
I have a quad core Q8200

To be upfront, this is not my area of expertise, I told you what I know and it may help. If not we have many experts here in many areas, one will be by to help out.
I must say, I never even realised that the core information was there. So Thanks.
Mine shows the same as richc46's and my taskbar shows all 4 processors in use, so I'm not worried for my configuration.
Check Yours.


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20 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the quick response! This may sound basic, but in task manager i only have one CPU graph. When I look at view >> CPU history, I can see that "one graph per CPU" has the black circle next to it, so I'm assuming there should be four graphs?

Again, is one graph ok? My knowledge is quite basic but I'm discovering new things...
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20 Dec 2009   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Ill check and see what I have
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20 Dec 2009   #7

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Yes, I have one, also.

Sorry, i show 4
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20 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sukh101 View Post
Hi,

I was just doing some tweaking with the processes running at startup, and while I was in msconfig, I looked under the "boot" tab to see that apparently I only have 1 processor. When I clicked the dropdown menu, it still only gave me the option for 1.

Does this mean the commputer is not accessing the other 3? Does it actually mean anything??

Dell Studio Intel Quad Core Q9400 2.66GHz
Win 7 64-bit
4GB RAM

Please help!

Thanks

Sukh
No, this is for diagnostics (and other things) If "task manager" is showing all 4 cores, you are in good shape. Don't change the settings in MSCONFIG on the Boot tab.

Hope this helps. Welcome to the forum!


Nate,

Apparantly I am not in good shape, the task manager only shows 1cpu, any ideas?
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20 Dec 2009   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

i assume you are talking about this one. This always shows 1. Setting the others on is for diagnostics. Some people think setting them on makes the system run faster - but that is not so.

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20 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Triple core CPU showing ONE in task manager

Here is a thread on the same problem. The "detect HAL" in advanced boot options in "msconfig" works, but I was dual booting Vista. Windows 7 does not have it available.

The machine I was having the problem with is still running fine. I never found the permanent solution.

This thread may help you. Good luck.
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