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

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

Foreground apps can make your computer perform slower. In order to make both the computer and foreground apps perform faster on Windows 10, you need to take a few steps.

There are two basic steps that you can follow in order to set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps Windows 10. They can be done through either the Control Panel or the Registry Editor.

Better Performance via the Control Panel

Follow the steps below to perform the task via the Control Panel:

  • To be able to set the CPU priority, you will first need to sign into your computer as the administrator, as only they have the ability to change the settings.
    • Press Windows Key and in the search bar type Control Panel. 
    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps
    • You will find the Control Panel. Click on it to open it.

    When you have entered the Control Panel, you will need to follow these two steps:

    1. Look for the system properties in the Control Panel. Once you have located them, you will need to click on the option for System and Security. When that has opened, click on the System option in the window.

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps


    Over here, you will need to click on the "Advanced system settings"; you will find this option on the left side of the pane. This will open the dialog for System Properties.

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

    2. Now is the time you will change the performance settings of your foreground apps. In the System Properties, you will need to click on the Advanced tab and click on Settings in the Performance section.


    A dialog for Performance Options will pop up and you will need to click on the Advanced tab again. Here, you will look into the programs and make the adjustments for the programs to perform better. Lastly, you will Apply the settings and click OK to complete the procedure.

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

    Your computer has set the programs to perform at optimum speed by default, but if you still feel the need to check the settings, this is the best way to make your foreground apps perform faster.

    Use the Registry Editor to Make Foreground Apps Faster

    With the Registry Editor, you will need to change the DWORD value to make the apps perform faster. The steps to do that are:

    1. Press Windows and R keys together to open up the Run box. In the box, you will need to type "regedit" and press enter. This will open up the Registry Editor.

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

    2. From here, open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder on the left side. Then, follow this path: SYSTEM ->CurrentControlSet ->Control ->PriorityControl.

     One thing that you need to know here is that to define the priority differential between the foreground and background apps, you will need the PriorityControl key.

    3. You will now need to change the value of the Win32PrioritySeparation in order to make the foreground apps perform better.

    This option will appear in the right pane of the Registry Editor after which you will need to double-click on this option. 

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

    Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps


    The value you will get at this point will be 2. To make the apps faster, you will need to enter 26 and press OK. You can also enter 18 if you want just the Windows background processes to work better.

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