Find Clock Speed

Posted on 2004-09-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-28

I feel like a real idiot asking this one... but how do I find the clock speed in windows 98?  I am trying to take an inventory, but in the system menu it just says "Intel Celeron" for example... So where's the speed?  Do I need to goto BIOS?

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BillDL earned 50 total points
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Don't feel like an idiot, it's Microsoft who chose to make the processor show as something like : "x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2" instead of pentium 4 when you Right-Click on "My Computer" and select "Properties".

I'm quite sure that the following utility, when installed and configured, will show you the actual clock speed as well as a whole host of other settings and configurations.

Everest Home Edition:

Direct Link: (installer file)
or (all files that can run as a standalone eg. from CD)
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Note that you can customise the report that Everest can produce so that it includes or excludes certain information, and can also tailor the type of output file to suit the requirement.

This utility used to be known as AIDA32 before the individual developer was given a position with Lavalys (I think).

A few features were ditched that existed in AIDA32.  Two of them that are pertinent to auditing are the ability to output a report as a .csv file (Comma Separated Values text-based file) which would open in Excel and allow saving as an .xls worksheet.

The other was the facility to run the program from the command line (DOS), which is a lot more convenient when auditing several computers.

The final version of AIDA32 (v. 3.93) had these options, and is still available to download at unofficial sites.  It's actually the one I use as a preference to Everest.

AIDA32 came as 3 different versions which were all freeware as long as they weren't being used commercially:


AIDA 3.93 Personal

These links should still be live:

User Guide (PDF) (English)

Download AIDA32 Enterprise v. 3.93

Download AIDA32 Network v. 3.93

The command line options available are very comprehensive, and are shown as a full page when you open a DOS Box and navigate to the folder containing the file AIDA32.exe, and then issue the command:

AIDA32 /?

Here's the report details for the processor on this computer:

Processor Properties      
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Version: Pentium(R) 4
External Clock: 100 MHz
Maximum Clock: 1700 MHz
Current Clock: 1700 MHz
Type: Central Processor
Voltage: 3.0 V
Status: Enabled
Upgrade: ZIF
Socket Designation: J2E1

Some difference from the "x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2" reported by Windows.

There IS a registry tweak that forces Windows to display the correct processor details, but hardly worth it if AIDA32 or Everest can provide the details.

One thing you must be aware of is that both AIDA32 and Everest rely on the publication of "DMI" details by component vendors.  Compaq and Dell don't publish these as readily and therefore no (or false) reports are sometimes created.

Only the most recent version of Everest will identify hardware that is equally new, so if you have a very new computer, you should download the most recent version of Everest.

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If you prefer not to use Everest or AIDA32, then here's a good alternative:

Intel Processor Frequency ID Utility

Supported Processors:

Supported Operating Systems:



Download the English "fidenu31.msi" version 7.1
For Windows 2000, 98 SE, Me, XP Home Edition, XP Professional:

Windows XP and 2000 require that the user has system administrative rights.

Note also that the most recent versions of this utility (as above) require that the system has the msiexec version 2 installer installed.  Windows 98 doesn't install this by default.

See here:

Download the updated msiexec installer:

Download a Bootable version of this tool for use off a boot floppy in older systems:

Bootable version instructions:

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wow... that was a lot tougher than I thought!

Microsoft should really just put it in the system utilities display...

Well- thank you!

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No problem, Mike.  I think you'll like the utilities I spoke of.

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