How do I set the priority of an application?

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro x32

    How do I set the priority of an application?

    I'm using Windows 10 for a machine tool control application. I need several exe files to have top priority.
    Is there a way to set this in Windows 10?

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  2. Posts : 43,288
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi: manually: In task manager, Details view, rt click the process, set priority.
    If you wished to do this without intervention you could use a program such as Process tamer which allows you to set rules.

    In the following ignore the first one which is obsolete:
    5 Tools to Permanently Set Process Priority in Windows • Raymond.CC
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  3. Posts : 1,254
    Windows 10 Pro

    I will assume the purpose is to make the processes more responsive. In that case increased priority is a legitimate method. With a quad core CPU more priority will likely do nothing for their performance.

    Just be sure you do not go too far with increased priority. Above Normal priority should enough, High at the highest. Real Time priority is dangerous and should not be used unless you REALLY understand what you are doing.
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro x32
    Thread Starter

    Yes the purpose is to make the process more responsive. The process has to communicate with the control board. If communication stops, the process is shutdown for safety reasons. With Windows 10 the OS ran another behind the scenes process and the main process closed. I need Windows 10 as lean as possible to give the main process most of the CPU time.

    Thanks for the input.
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  5. Posts : 1,254
    Windows 10 Pro

    This was a problem with single core CPUs but with 4 cores you shouldn't have any problems.
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