In part 1 of this article, I introduced you to RealTemp, showed you how to download and install the program and explained how it can help monitor the temperature for your computer’s processor.

Now, let’s look at how we cause RealTemp to keep a close eye on your processor temperature and notify you if there’s  trouble.  If you aren’t familiar with RealTemp, make sure to check out part 1 first.

First, click the Settings button.


Then, under ‘Notification Area Color and Font’, tick the box under Max.

RealTemp6Under ‘Other Settings’, tick the ‘Alarm Temperatures’ box, then enter a number into the CPU box. This number should be the maximum temperature you find acceptable for your processor. 90 is a good value to monitor critical temperatures, but you can always set it to 80 or below if you want to be vigilant on your temperatures.

RealTemp7In Windows 7 and 8, click the arrow next to the taskbar, and then Customize.


Find the setting for ‘RealTemp’ and click ‘Show icon and Notifications’.

RealTemp9There you have it! You’ll now have a little status bar at the bottom-right telling you how hot your processor is. Should your processor reach critical levels without you seeing it, the software will alert you with a siren sound.

RealTemp10Now you can keep an eye on your temperatures and make sure your processor keeps its cool!

~ Simon