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When you run the Microsoft System Information tool or view the General tab in System properties, the Intel Pentium III or Celeron Central Processing Unit (CPU) in your computer may be listed as an Intel Pentium II CPU or an Intel Pentium Pro CPU. Also, the processor type may be displayed instead of the "friendly" processor name.
This behavior occurs because Microsoft Windows is aware of only those friendly processor names that existed when Windows was developed. For example, if a new name came out after Windows was released, that name would not be available in that version of Windows.
To work around this behavior, please consult the documentation that was included with your computer to determine which CPU you have, or use a third party utility specifically written that identifies processor type and speed.
An example of such a program is the Intel Processor Frequency ID utility. This utility should provide the correct information about your processor type and bus speed. To download this utility, for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, and Windows 2000, view the following Intel Web site:
http://support.intel.com/support/processors/tools/frequencyid/sb/CS-007623.htmMicrosoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
For more information about the Intel Processor Frequency ID utility, view the following Intel Web site:
CPU types and their friendly names are listed in the following table:
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The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.