How to Set Process Priority Windows 10 – How to Tweak It

Process Priority Windows 10

What’s the importance of knowing how to set priority Windows 10? Well, as you are well aware of (provided that you know), Windows would share the CPU resources from your computer between the running apps. How many resources are there? Well, that depends on the priority. The priority would determine the overall process of the share. The higher the (priority) level is, the more (resources) would be allocated to it.

However, not everyone is familiar with the process of how to set the priority – especially in Windows 10. So, if you want to know the overall stages and details, read on.

What to Know?

There are basically 6 levels of priority in the Windows process, consisting of Low, Below Normal, Normal, Above Normal, High, and Realtime. The default level is Normal. In most cases, this one can run without any problem. Feel free to change the priority process temporarily – depending on your wants to slow it down or speed it up. The apps is able to automatically adjust their priority. Such popular apps, like 7-Zip or WinRar, can raise their own priority to improve their process. Media players, such as Winamp, can raise the priority process during the playback. Pretty cool, huh?

Be advised, though, that common users aren’t supposed to set the Realtime setting. If you insist on doing so, it will create system instability because it will consume the CPU at 100% capacity and then intercept the mouse and keyboard input. In the end, the PC would be unusable.

How to Change the Level

You can learn how to set priority Windows 10 through these stages:

Task Manager

  • Open the Task Manager
  • If there is the requirement to use ‘More Details’, then switch to it. There will be a link at the bottom side right corner that you can use.
  • Choose the tab Details and choose it
  • Choose the desired process that you want by right-clicking it. Choose Set Priority from the available context menu. And then there will be submenu drop-down, showing the level that you want. Choose the one that you want. For instance, Above Normal.
  • Then you will see the following dialog box, asking you ‘Do you want to change the priority of the Far.exe?’ You can choose Change Priority. If you have a change of heart, choose Cancel.
  • You need to confirm the operation
  • The process completes

Starting up a Process

If you want to start a certain process within your desired priority, you can use Start. Here are the stages:

  • Open the new command prompt
  • Type in the (following) command:

start “”/AboveNormal”C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe”

  • This is the example format for Above Normal priority
  • You can replace the value with the priority level that you want. And replace the exe path with the one (the app) you want to operate or run

In the event you want to choose wmic, a console tool, you can also do it. But the process is more complicated because you need to understand the value based on different priority levels. For instance, for Realtime, the value would be 256. For High, it would be 128. For Above Normal, it would be 32768. It would be simpler to know the regular and common ways of how to set priority Windows 10.