How to Monitor a Laptop Temperature in Vista

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How to Monitor a Laptop Temperature in Vista
Overheating can cause your laptop to freeze or restart and could cause permanent damage to hardware. (temperature dial image by Robert Kelly from Fotolia.com)

If your laptop restarts randomly or freezes often, you may be experiencing overheating. Advanced graphics and programs such as those found in Windows Vista might cause your computer core to work at full capacity and heat up excessively. One way to see if your computer core is causing excess heat is to install a temperature-monitoring program optimised for Windows Vista laptops.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click on the "CoreTemp" link in the Resources section of this article to download the CoreTemp installation file.

  2. 2

    Double-click the downloaded file. Click the "Next" button, and read the license agreement. Click the radio button to agree, and then click "Next." Install the program with the default directory and shortcut options.

  3. 3

    Uncheck the box next to "Install Search Enhancement," and click "Next".

  4. 4

    Click "Next" again, then click "Finish" to launch the program. The core temperature is displayed at the bottom of the CoreTemp program window. The "TCase Max" rating is the maximum temperature rating that the computer core should not exceed.

  1. 1

    Download the latest version of SpeedFan by clicking the link in the Resources section of this article. Read the license agreement, and click the "I Agree" button.

  2. 2

    Click "Next," then click "Install." Click "Close" after the installation has completed.

  3. 3

    Double-click the "SpeedFan" icon on the desktop to launch the program.

  4. 4

    Click "Close" to dismiss the Hint window. Your computer core temperature(s) and hard drive temperature should display on the right side of the SpeedFan program window.

  1. 1

    Download the "NHC" (Notebook Hardware Control) program file by clicking the link in the Resources section of this article.

  2. 2

    Double-click the downloaded file to use the Windows file extractor. Click the "Extract all files" option on the left side of the window, click "Next," choose a directory, then press "Next" again. Click the "Finish" button.

  3. 3

    Locate the extracted files, and double-click the NHC program installer. Select a language, and click "OK." Click "Next," and read the license agreement. Put a check in the box, and click "Next." Click "Install." Click "Finish." The program will launch automatically.

  4. 4

    Double-click the NHC icon in the task bar to bring up the program window. Computer core and hard drive temperature should be displayed near the centre of the program window.

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