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How To Find What Generation Your Intel Processor Is In Windows

If you have a laptop or desktop system running Windows 7 or above, you can check what processor is installed on your system. Simply right-click My Computer and select Properties and you will be given a summary view of the hardware and operating system that is currently set up. The information includes among other things which processor it is you’re running but the processor is mentioned by the name it was sold/marketed by. The names indicate the series it was a part of but the only identifiable information is likely going to be the name of the processor. What is going to be harder to figure out is which generation the processor is and the information is important for when you’re looking to upgrade a PC or just trying to make sure the one you got has the right hardware. Intel makes it exceptionally easy to figure this out. Here’s how.

First things first, find out which processor it is your have. Right-click My Computer or if you’re on Windows 8 or 10, right-click This PC and select Properties from the context menu. The following Control Panel window will open. Under the System section, look for which processor you have. You can tell at a glance that it is a Core i5 and that name is the only familiar information to you at this point. To find out which generation it is, look at its serial code. In the image below, it is 2430M. This serial code will be used to identify what generation your processor is.


Next, go to Intel’s website (link at the end) and look for the code. The fastest way to find it is by using the find function in your browser. If your processor is exceptionally old and has been discontinued, you won’t find it on this page.

intel processor generation

To find out what generation a discontinued processor was, simply search for the name with its code on Intel’s website. You will be able to see a more detailed list of processors, both supported and discontinued ones, with their respective codes. The processors will be sorted by generation and you can search for your one via its code.

View Intel Processor Generation Codes

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  • Sethulous

    That is not a “serial” code, it is simply a model number. Also, this is a lot easier than you make it, it is very simple. Models in the 2000’s are 2nd Gen., 3000’s are 3rd Gen., 4000’s are 4th Gen., 5000’s are 5th Gen, 6000’s are 6th Gen. Simple.

    • Ankit Meshram

      That’s a pro way to get known which generation is it…

    • Aya Hiraiin

      not entirely correct.

      e.g. Core i7-2600S is 6th gen,

    • Libertarian Soldier

      In my Acer Aspire XC-780, I purchased in June, I thought I had a 7th generation Intel processor, an “Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700 CPU @ 3.60GHZ. I’ve since gleaned that the same model exists in both 6th and 7th generations. Last week, I purchased another processor and the only way I knew it was a 7th Generation Processor is that it said so on the box. How do I know they are or are not the same processor?

  • vinaykumar bhandole

    G3220 LGA 1150 it is i3 processor

  • vinaykumar bhandole

    how can i check i3 processor

  • Libertarian Soldier

    Why is my post being detected as spam? I’m going to re-post it.

  • bikash oli

    my one i7 5500
    i think it is 6th generation because it is more than 5000

  • Surajs Shetty

    mine is intel hd pentium n3540.which gen?

  • Neha Roy

    What generation is Intel® Core™ i5-670 Processor 3.47GHz 3.64 GHz?

    • b

      1st generation

  • sahil

    what is the generation of processor Intel pentium quad core N4200

  • Vatsal Patel

    What is the generation of core i5CPU M480 ?