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How To Set CPU Process Priority for Applications in Windows 10

Manage running processes in Windows 10 to help make your computer run more smoothly.
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To set CPU process priority Windows task manager is the best built-in tool. As it is quite clear to everyone that Windows does an amazing job in changing process priority so as to increase your processor’s power and share the resources between the background as well as other running applications.

However, some processes cause unusual behaviors like noisy computer fan issues, or overheating issues, and many such problems.

Well, Windows does understand that and offers a feature that you can use to set CPU process priority for programs in Windows 10 and 7. However, users have unclear doubts about how to set a program to high priority in windows 10 and how to change CPU priority in the task manager.

Both the terms seem quite similar to each other, but there is a lot of difference in them. There are two different ways by which you can set CPU process priority for applications in windows 10. But most people are aware of one method only.

Hence, to clear out all the doubts regarding process priority changing in windows 10, we will be providing you with in-depth knowledge so that you can control your computer’s CPU usage in an efficient way.

How to Set CPU Priority in Windows 10

If you are already aware of changing priority in the task manager of Windows 10, you are almost halfway to knowing your PC better, because there is yet another different approach that you might not know about yet.

There is a term called CPU affinity that you might or might not have noticed on your computer yet. But, as you might already know, a computer processor consists of cores. Like quad-core CPUs have 4 cores, dual-core CPUs have 2 cores, etc. CPU affinity refers to the number of cores that you have assigned to a particular task or process.

Let us take an example of a file CompatTelRunner.exe which is actually an integral part of your Windows System that is responsible to keep your computer up to date. Hence, if you assign one whole core to this process, it means you have assigned almost 25% of the CPU power to a single process (in the case of a quad-core processor).

Also, make sure you know the process very well. If you don’t know much about the process then first research about it and only then give priority.

How to assign specific CPU core to a program

How to allocate more CPU to a program in Windows 10
  • Right-click on the Taskbar and click on Task Manager. You could also use the hotkey Ctrl+Shift+Esc to directly open the Task Manager.
  • Go to the Details Tab.
  • Right-click on the program which you wish to change process priority windows 10.
  • If you are using a multi-core CPU, the Set Affinity option will appear in the pop-up menu. Click on it. For quad-core chipsets, there will be options listed as CPU0, CPU1, CPU2, CPU3. Select the cores you want to assign to this particular process.
  • Lastly, click on Ok.

How to Set Priority for High CPU usage processes

This is the second and most traditional way to change process priority windows 10 as most of the work is handled by the system itself. There are usually six priority levels offered by the Windows system such as:

Above Normal
Below Normal

So, you can choose from these options as you like. For instance, you could choose high priority for games, Above Normal priority for software like WinRAR, etc. All the rest of the work will be handled by Windows on its own in the most efficient and smart way possible.

Hence, if you want to know how to set process priority in windows 10 and set a program to high priority, these are the simplest steps that will help you do that.

How to Change Process Priority in Windows 10
  • First of all, access the Task Manager by using the hotkey Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  • Now, go to the Details tab.
  • Right-click on the application for which requires High CPU usage.
  • Click on the Set Priority option that appears in the pop-up menu.
  • Select the Priority whichever you want to set.
  • Click on the Change priority option to confirm the changes.

This was all about how to set priority in windows 10 to make your computer work in a more efficient way and assign resources to the programs that actually need them. We hope this guide has pretty much cleared all your doubts about it.

Using these above-mentioned steps, you can do the same to any app you want, but don’t alter any settings related to system processes to be on the safe side. That’s it for this article, in case of any further queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.