Using BIOS/UEFI to know CPU temperature
The first method that can be used to know the CPU temperature in Windows 11 is to use the system’s UEFI menu, which is often called BIOS. This menu shows various information about your system such as processor temperature. Note that this method has a slight drawback. Also, this method shows your CPU temperature when Windows is not loaded yet. That is, if you want to know if a certain program or game is causing your CPU to heat up, you cannot check the problem with this method. Also, not all BIOS menus provide CPU temperature, so depending on what system you’re using, you may or may not find CPU temperature information in the BIOS menus.
To do this method, open your Windows 11 settings by pressing the Windows+i key combination. From the left sidebar, select System. Then on the right side, click on Recovery.
On the Recovery page, next to Advanced Startup, click Restart Now. Then select Restart Now option in the opened notification.
Warning: doing this will shut down your computer, so make sure you do if you haven’t saved any files.
When your system restarts, in the open menu, go to Troubleshoot, then go to UEFI Firmware Settings and click Restart. Doing so will take you to the BIOS/UEFI menu.
In this section, you may find your current CPU temperature next to the CPU Core Temperature or a similar option. If you don’t find this option in your BIOS/UEFI main screen, use other methods to do this.
Using the Core Temp program to measure the CPU temperature
The Core Temp program is a free program that allows you to view your CPU temperature both from the main page of the program and from the system tray. Also, this program shows the temperature of each CPU core, which can be useful in some cases. To use this program, you must first go to the Core Temp website. Download this program and install it on your system. During installation, be sure to uncheck the Build Your Kingdom option.
After installation, run the program. This program will be displayed as an icon or different icons in the system tray. These symbols show the temperature of your computer’s CPU. In a multi-core CPU, each symbol represents the temperature of one CPU core.
In the Temperature Readings section, you can see the current temperature of your CPU.
Using the Speccy program to view the CPU temperature in Windows 11 and.
Speccy is another program to know CPU temperature in Windows 11. First, go to the Speccy site. Then download the program and install it on your computer. After installation, run the program. On the main page of the program and in the CPU section, you will see the overall temperature of your CPU.
If you want to know the temperature of each CPU core, click on CPU in the left sidebar of the app. In the right part and in the Cores section, you can see the temperature of each core.
Using the Open Hardware Monitor program to view the CPU temperature
Open Hardware Monitor is another free program that you can use to view the CPU temperature of your system. The program also displays other useful information such as the temperature of the hard disk or SSD drive. To use this program, go to the Open Hardware Monitor website. Download the program and unzip the file. Then right-click on OpenHardwareMonitor.exe. Now select the Run as Administrator option.
In the User Account Control prompt, click Yes. On the program page and in the Temperatures section, you can see the temperature of each core of your system’s CPU.
Using the HWMonitor program to view CPU temperature in Windows 10 and 11
Laptop CPU temperature is the most important device temperature that you should pay attention to. But if you want to see the temperature of other parts such as the motherboard, graphics card, and hard drives, etc., the HWMonitor program is a great option to help you.
Download this program. We recommend that you use the ZIP version of the program, as you will not need to install it. But if you want, you can also use the installed version of the program. After installing the program, you will see a table in which information such as temperature, fan speed, etc. is displayed.
To find your CPU temperature, scroll down to the entry for your CPU. For example, in the image below, our CPU is Intel Core i7 4930K.
Other software for displaying CPU temperature in Windows 10 and 11
In addition to the introduced software, there are other software that you can use to measure CPU temperature. You can only use the first software on Ryzen CPUs. But you can use other software to measure the temperature of CPU types and check this temperature. These software are the following: