I was reading about ways to enhance speed in Windows 7, and I read that you can enable Windows to boot off of four cores vs one to boot faster.
Is there a reason why you do not want to use all four cores to boot?
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Windows 7 uses what's available on the box ... out of the box. You should not twiddle around with the boot process except when you know what you are doing, otherwise things will become slower / more unstable, etc.
And you should not believe what you read on the Internet.
That said: To tell Windows 7 to NOT use of all the cores that are available is mostly for debugging purposes or some kind of developer tests when you want to simulate a system with only one core. Another reason is to work around buggy installers. Turning the cores off otherwise is not of any other use, the limiting factor of the boot process is mostly disk I/O anyway nowadays (so, buy a SSD when you want a blazingly fast boot .. or don't run that many processes upon startup -> less disk I/O as well).
Again: Windows 7 uses all available cores at boot time. The snippet you read on the Internet is most likely the super-über-hack to go into MSConfig and then check the
Number of processors box and then click the number of cores you want Windows 7 to use. People writing about 'how to speed up the boot process' did not understand the what that checkbox is used for:
Number of processors. Limits the number of processors used on a multiprocessor system. If the check box is selected, the system boots using only the number of processors in the drop-down list.
It LIMITS (as in 'puts an upper limit of used cores') the boot process to take only UP TO processors and (this is also important) later on provide only that amount of processors for the OS. If you select one there you will run a system with only one processor.
Windows 10 default install only boots to 1 core. Msconfig advanced set to boot 2 cores.
note: windows always uses 2 cores only after windows has finished booting. I think you are confusing windows boot, and windows normal usage. Windows 10 always enabled the second core after boot finished. This adjustment only has effect on the boot. note: I have a core 2 duo 3 Ghz. SSD. I can see it is way faster booting now with 2 cores.
Yes, you should enable all 4 cores.
I noticed this not long ago, I had an Intel i3 quad core processor, and it was running really slow. I then noticed Windows was only using 1 core. If you go to Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Escape), and on the
Performance tab, it should show on CPU Usage History 4 little graph boxes. That is showing that the 4 cores are being used.
If they aren't being used, then go to
Start, type in the search bar
msconfig and hit Enter. Click on the
Boot tab, then click
Advanced Settings at the bottom of the screen. Tick the box that says
Number of Processors, select the amount of cores that you have, click OK, then restart your PC.
In Task Manager, it should show all your cores. If it says
Parked next to a couple of cores, then go to
regedit and hit Enter. Select Edit->Find, and type in this:
0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583. Press Enter to start the search, and once it has found it, on the right side, it should say
ValueMax. Double click and change both numbers to 100, then press F3 to search for the next one and change for each. You should then restart your PC, and in Task Manager, it should show all cores working and none of them should be parked.
This sped mine right up, and it's 4x faster now
EDITOR NOTE: This involves editing the registry, which can screw up your Windows installation if you're not careful. These options are also available by going to Start, typing
Power Options and pressing Enter. Edit the Advanced Power Settings, and choose the Maximum and Minimum processing power, changing it to 100%