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View All CPU Cores in Task Manager (Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 )

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 came with a lot of changes to the task manager and I find it a great improvement. In some cases the default views have been simplified further than power users and administrators would prefer. One example is by default you only see the total processor utilization and don't see the individual cores.

All CPU Cores in Task Manager

To see all of the CPU cores right click on the CPU graph and click "Change graph to > Logical processors".

Change Windows 8 / Server 2012 Task Manager to See all Logical CPUs

You will now see the graph of all of your CPU cores.

Windows 8 / Server 2012 Task Manager

Neil Bryan
IT Consultant & Technical Trainer
Neil Bryan is an IT consultant and technical trainer specializing in VMware, Citrix and Microsoft virtualization and infrastructure.


  1. CM

    This is very informative. Thanks

  2. Will

    Thanks for the tip. I was wondering where all my logical CPUs went! Feels so much better when you see all those logical CPUs show up.

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