How to Identify the Generation of your Laptop?

How to Identify the Generation of your Laptop?

Written by Shail srivastava, In How To, Published On
March 4, 2023

When buying a laptop, knowing the generation of your pc is very helpful, along with knowing what kind of CPU it has or its speed. There are many methods to identify the generation of your laptop and this article with cover those methods which are highly helpful on Windows 11 or Windows 10.

What does generation mean?

Generation is the age of the central processing unit CPU, in simple terms, it is the processor’s capacity, power, and speed. Compared to old generations, the new year generation of laptops are more developed, have more features, and are more power efficient. 

For example, a 12th gen laptop will be more powerful and have more features as compared to the 11th gen in terms of its battery, efficiency, display, design, and so on. So it is important to know about your laptop’s specifications and its generations.

How to Identify the Generation of your Laptop
How to Identify the Generation of your Laptop

While choosing the laptop you consider its efficiency and performance, Wi-Fi support, power consumption, etc, so below are the methods to know the generation of the processor.

How to Identify the Generation of your Laptop?

1. Via properties

The steps to know the generation of your PC of a Windows 10 or 11 is to go to the PC’s property section.

  1. Right-click on my computer or This PC icon and select properties.
  2. It will display the device specifications where you can see the processor generation. The first number after the i5, i7, or i9 is the generation of a laptop or PC.

2. Using task manager 

Task manager is a great way to know detailed information about your CPU and generation and many other features. To know the generation of a laptop using this method, below are the steps,

  1. After refreshing your laptop, right-click on the start button and select the task manager
  2. Once the screen opens, tap on the performance tab and then click on CPU.
  3. In this section, you will find the details of the CPU and on the top side of it will be the Intel processor and generation details.
  4. Just like the above method, the number after i5, i7, or i9 is the generation of the laptop.

3. Using windows settings

Settings are also a great way to know the details about your operating device, so here are the methods to find the generation of computers using this method.

  1. From the start menu open the settings app, you can also launch the settings app using the shortcut key windows + I.
  2. After launching the setting app go to the system on the left side panel, click on it then scroll all the way down to the about section.
  3. In the About section, click on device specifications, and you will find the computer processor generation under this tab. Similar to above, the number after the hyphen (-) or the i5, i7, or i9 is the generation of your PC.

4. Using command prompt (CMD)

Command prompt is the simplest way to know the generation of your device, below are the steps to know that.

  1. From the start menu on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 select the command prompt app.
  2. Type ‘wmic’ and press enter on the screen that appears to execute the code.
  3. After that type ‘cpu get name’ and press the enter button. The number after the hyphen represents the generation of your computer.

5. Using BIOS

BIOS settings are also one of the ways to know the Intel Core processor generation of your laptop and pc in windows. 

Different laptops have different ways to access the BIOS setting, for example, on Dell and Asus laptops, you can press F2 to open the BIOS settings while on HP laptops you can press F10 to open the BIOS, settings so first open your BIOS settings on your laptop. 

Once you open your BIOS setting, you will find an overview section. Click on that section, then click on the processor type. Under the processor type, you will find the generation of your laptop or PC right after the hyphen.


These were the 5 ways to know the Intel generation of your PC or laptop, majorly on Windows 10 and 11. By following the instructions given above, you can get detailed information about your laptop or PC and know the generation if you want to purchase a laptop and want to know the general information about your computer.

Some other factors to consider while buying a laptop, desktop, or PC – 

  • Knowing about your laptop’s processor generations is an important factor. The more up-to-date and powerful your processor will be, the faster your computer will run and complete its tasks. By upgrading the processor, you can make your computer think and work faster.
  • While choosing a processor you should consider the number of cores needed, what you will use a computer for, the types of software you want to run on your computer, the compatibility of the processor, the speed of the CPU, and so many more factors.
  • There are two Intel processors, K and F. The K indicates that your processor is unlocked, so you will be able to overclock it with the more compatible motherboard. The F indicates that you will be needing a dedicated graphics card for it, as it does not come with integrated graphics.
  • One of the most important features when considering the laptop you want to purchase is the processor. And the important feature to look at in the processor is its clock speed, which is measured in gigahertz (GHz). The higher the clock speed, the faster your computer will run.
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