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Xp home Dual Core?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by beaumontdvd, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. beaumontdvd

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    Hi everyone, right im going to look stupid here, but really want to know the answer as Im reading the 270 book and I seem to have experienced the opposite to what its saying. So here goes:

    It says Xp home only supports one processor. But I have xp home upstairs on a 3.4ghz dual core computer 2gb
    and it runs as if its using two processors. Will it be using one or two? Should I use XP Pro to make use of the second processor?

    Also it says it doesnt include remote desktop? But I swear I've used it to control one of my xp pro pcs. Or would remote desktop be an added extra from the service pack?

    Regards,

    Dave
     
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  2. ThomasMc

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    I'm sure this was in the 271 as well but have a read over this and you should find the answer on your own, the second part mean you cannot control a XP Home machine via RDP but the remote desktop CLIENT should be in there, sure thats in 271 aswell
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    ...one physical processor, regardless of number of cores.
     
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  4. Shinigami

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    Exactly.

    And if you look in your Device Manager, expand the "Computer" icon, you should see something similar to "ACPI Multiprocessor PC" meaning that the OS has detected the multiple cores and uses them within the single CPU.
     
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  5. beaumontdvd

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    Thanks, but what If I see that and I see two 3.4ghz processors?
     
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  6. Shinigami

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    well, it picked up both cores separately, shouldn't be an issue. Some CPU's are picked up as "mutiprocessor PC's" and some are picked up as separate cores...

    I think you'll be just fine.
     
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  7. greenbrucelee
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    a dual core or core 2 duo cpu isn't 2 processors it is one processor with two physical core.

    So a 3.4GHz cpu isn't a 6.8GHz cpu it's a 3.4GHz cpu but both cores can run at 3.4GHz.

    Look in Task manager you will see it split into two that is just how windows interperates it.
     
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