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Tip: Using WMIC to Identify the Installed CPU

Want a quick way to figure out what type of CPU is installed in a computer – particularly with the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerability? It doesn’t get any easier than utilizing the pre-installed WMIC command.

Do this:

  1. Open a CMD prompt.
  2. Type in: WMIC CPU
  3. All information about the CPU will be displayed on the screen.


The output includes everything from the Win32_Processor class, but you can pare it down even further to get just the CPU name by using:



If you want to sift through the entire output, you can also pipe the output of the WMIC command to a text or comma-delimited file.

WMIC CPU >cpu.txt


WMIC CPU >cpu.csv


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