A lot of Microsoft Windows 10 software specifies in their system requirements that they need certain CPUs or better to run. Sometimes those system requirements specify how many CPU cores are needed. So now you need to know how many CPU cores your computer has.
The easiest way to see the number of CPU cores your computer has is in Task Manager. To open Task Manager, press the control, shift and escape keys all together or search for Task Manager in the Windows start bar.
If Task Manager opens in the brief view, you’ll need to click the down arrow labelled “More details”, in the bottom left corner, to open up the full view.
This will put you in the full processes list, showing all running processes on the computer. To see the CPU core count statistic, you need to switch to the Performance tab. In the bottom right of the Performance tab are a number of statistics about the CPU.
The statistic that you need is titled “Logical processors”. A large percentage of modern CPUs use a feature called hyper-threading to run two virtual CPU cores on one physical CPU core. Functionality wise, hyper-threaded cores are indistinguishable from single-threaded cores. The “Logical processors” stat, shows the number of available CPU cores your CPU has.