Windows 10: Changing process priority or limiting maximum CPU Solved

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  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1

    Changing process priority or limiting maximum CPU

    Is there any way to change task priority in W10, as it was in previous versions (Task Manager|Set Priority)?

    Dropbox likes to spend the first 10 minutes after waking up my computer taking 60-90% of processor cycles, and I've also noticed other processes which seem to pop up and monopolize my system resources. I'm running an older Acer with a fairly slow Core 2 / 1.4GHz processor and it's just choking on the load. Under W7, it was very usable but in W10 it seems like even getting keystrokes/mouse clicks to register sometimes is like watching the old Cable TV guide channel.

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  2. Posts : 11,820
    Windows 10 Pro
       07 Aug 2015 #2

    Hi Overzeetop, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    The priority can be set from Details tab:

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  3.    10 Feb 2016 #3

    Is there a way to fix an apps priority permanently, so you only have to do it once.
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  4. Posts : 22,233
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
       11 Feb 2016 #4

    Hello Jerry,

    If you like, you could create a shortcut that will always run the app with a set CPU priority.

    CPU Affinity Shortcut for a Program - Create in Windows

    Another option is to use the tutorial below to add a "Run with CPU-# Affinity" context menu to make it easier to run any app with a CPU affinity.

    Processor Affinity - Add Set Affinity to Context Menu - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5.    12 Feb 2016 #5

    Hi, two other things that might be of interest:
    Process Tamer
    Windows 10 Forums
    appears to still work in Win 10 but not updated for a long time
    - focussed on process priority
    - can be configured to act on individual processes or any that use more than x% CPU for example

    and the (unique?) Battle Encoder Shirase (utterly unique name):
    BES, Battle Encoder Shirase 1.6.2 (stable) 1.7.0-alpha: Controls Per-Process CPU Usage
    - also works in Win 10. Again, relatively ancient.
    - throttles CPU use on captured process
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  6.    30 Jun 2016 #6

    What if you don't know how many cores the program should have, all I know is I want my game set to High priority every time it runs but I don't want to have to go into the task manager every time I start the game to set it.
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  7. Posts : 22,233
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
       30 Jun 2016 #7

    Hello Raygon,

    You could use the method in the tutorial below to create a shortcut of the game that will always run the game with a "high" CPU priority.

    CPU Priority Shortcut for a Program - Create in Windows
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  8.    30 Jun 2016 #8

    Cool beans! I will try that, thanks Brink!
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  9. Posts : 22,233
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
       30 Jun 2016 #9

    You're most welcome.
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  10.    30 Jun 2016 #10

    Hey Brink, I just realized I can't use this because Archeage uses a Launcher, so I have to use the Glyph launcher (in case there are updates to the program) which then launches Archeage.exe which is the program.
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