How to Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps in Windows 10?

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Set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps

Task manager is known to all Windows users. Task manager helps to find all running apps in the background. Windows runs so many applications in the background for itself. When a Windows user opens a foreground application, Operating System loads related background process. Windows allows setting CPU priority to the apps. There are certain procedures to set CPU to prefer foreground apps. Before you learn how to set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps, first, know what is CPU Priority.

A computer application whether running in the background or foreground has an allotted time slot from the CPU. If, many applications run then less time allotted to each application. Each application gets some amount of time slot.

The time can be allotted equally among all the computer applications or a few certain applications can get longer time slot comparatively. An application getting maximum time from CPU runs faster whereas the lower priority applications run slower.

Set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps

How to Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps?

If you wish to run some foreground applications faster then set CPU priority consequently. There are two ways to set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

1. This PC Method or Control Panel Method
2. Registry Editor Method

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Method 1. Set CPU Priority to prefer foreground apps through Control Panel

Step 1. Add “This PC” Icon to the desktop

Step 2. Do right click on “This PC” icon

Step 3. Click “Properties

this pc > click properties

Step 4. Now, Click “Advanced system settings” given on the left side

Advanced system settings

Step 5. Look at “Performance” block and click “Settings” button

Advanced tab > Performance

Step 6. Under the “Advanced” tab Select “Programs” radio button

Advanced > Programs > Apply > OK

Step 7. Click “Apply” and “OK”.

Method 2. Set CPU Priority to prefer foreground apps through Registry Editor

Step 1. In the “Type here to search” box type regedit and press enter to open the Registry Editor.

Registry Editor regedit

Step 2. Go to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\PriorityControl

Win32PrioritySeparation Reg Dword

Step 3. Change Value data of Win32PrioritySeparation to set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps.

Win32PrioritySeparation hex value data 2

Step 4. Double click on the Win32PrioritySeperation field, where Value data is 2. If you wish to improve the performance of the foregrounds apps, then just set the Value data to 26. If you set Value data to18 then the performance of background applications will be improved. It’s all up to your requirements, how you want to do this.

Win32PrioritySeparation hex value data 26

Step 5. Now Reboot your PC.

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