How to monitor the CPU temperature in windows

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How to monitor the CPU temperature in windows
Processor temperature will fluctuate based on how much it's used. (cpu image by aldan from Fotolia.com)

CPU temperature is something that should be watched closely. Sudden rises in temperature can indicate a problem, and if temperatures rise too high the heat can damage system components. A variety of tools are available that will monitor the temperature readings in the sensors in your system.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download the SpeedFan installation file. A download link is available in the "Resources" section.

  2. 2

    Double-click the installation file to open it.

  3. 3

    Click "I agree," "Next" and then "Install." Wait for the installation to finish and then click "Close."

  4. 4

    Click "Start," select "Programs" and then find and select the SpeedFan program.

  5. 5

    Select the "Readings" tab. The temperature readings of various sensors will be displayed on the right side, including your CPU's temperature sensor.

  1. 1

    Download the Core Temp installation file. A download link is available in the "Resources" section.

  2. 2

    Double-click the installation file to open it.

  3. 3

    Click "I accept the agreement," and then continue following the dialogue prompts to begin the installation. Wait for the installation to finish and then click "Finish."

  4. 4

    Click "Start," select "Programs" and then find and select the Core Temp program. The temperature sensor readings from your motherboard and CPU will be displayed in the dialogue window.

  1. 1

    Download the Hardware Monitor installation file. A download link is available in the "Resources" section.

  2. 2

    Double-click the installation file to open it.

  3. 3

    Follow the dialogue prompts to begin the installation. Wait for the installation to finish and then click "Finish."

  4. 4

    Click "Start," select "Programs" and then find and select the Hardware Monitor program. The temperature sensor readings from all of your computer components will be displayed in the dialogue window. Hardware Monitor also displays some other information, including fan speed and CPU voltage.

Tips and warnings

  • Novice users should not change any of the settings under SpeedFan's "Clock" tab. These are settings for your motherboard and CPU, and can cause damage to your computer if they are adjusted incorrectly.

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