Question Older rebuild system stability

May 29, 2020
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I did a rebuild of a 2012 HP Z800 workstation.

It came with:
  • 1000 W PSU
  • Two Xeon E5640 2.66 Ghz CPUs
  • 48 Gigs DDR3 1066 Mhz RAM
  • Network card(I think)
I put in:
  • 1 T WD Blue HDD
  • Nvidia 1030 GPU
OS- Windows 10 Home

It's a basic build to get the system up.

Issues:

Software sometimes isn't stable on the system. Several Apps have created problems that make Windows 10 slow to a crawl or even stop functioning.
Also I can't let the system go into sleep mode because when you wake it, it crashes, shuts itself down and can take a long time to get it up and running again. When powered back up it also runs at a crawl I only can seem to fix with multiple shut downs and reboots.
Also I have 8 cores in 2 sockets but when I look in Task Manager Performance it just shows 1 socket and 2 cores being accessed. And CPU use is often at 100%. I find stopping Windows Update helps a bit with that but I expected much lower CPU drain with this many cores.

I've checked on the HP site and they no longer support a system this old, so the drivers there end at Windows 8.

Is there any patches I can use to make my system more stable with Windows 10.
I have both CPUs turned on in msconfig, is there a way to make sure both sockets and all 8 cores are being utilized as well.

Kind of a complex question I know, thanks for any ideas.
 
May 29, 2020
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I'd suggest windows 10 pro, or windows server on va dual CPU build. wi 10 home won't see the other cpu
That did it. I had to do a new OS install because the key I bought wasn't good for upgrading but with Windows 10 Pro both sockets are recognized and all 8 cores. Hyperthreading is also enabled. CPU use is spiking at around 30% with the light tasks that were tying the system up with Windows 10 Home.

I'll have to see if some of the other software issues are resolved but I already have a big smile from the improvement.

Thank you very much.
 
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I also had some resolution and blurry text and images issues with Windows 10 Home that are now resolved as well. Not only are both CPUs and all 8 cores being used, my text and images are all crystal clear.

This was an excellent fix.
 

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