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Adjusting the CPU priority to prefer the foreground apps is an efficient way to increase the speed of your Windows 10 PC.

There are many reasons why your Windows 10 is working slow. And, the most common reason is the high number of applications running in the background of your computer’s CPU. All these processes that are running in the background are important to keep your PC running smoothly.

Sometimes too many applications in the background can significantly lower the speed of your computer. This is why you should consider changing the CPU priority to prefer the foreground apps.

So how to set the CPU priority to perform the foreground apps in Windows 10?

Keep reading to know how set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps and programs on Windows 10. It is also called Processor Scheduling and it can be done in two ways.

Let’s see them in detail.

1. Control Panel Settings to Set CPU Priority

To change the CPU priority in windows 10, you need to sign in Windows 10 with administrator credentials or account with administrative privileges.

Type “Control Panel” in the Cortana search box to go open Control Panel in Windows 10.

Step 1: Search “System Properties settings” in Control Panel

  • Go to System and Security in Control Panel

Windows 10 Control Panel

  • Click on System in “System and Security” window

Windows 10 control panel system and security

  • Next, from the System window, click the Advanced system settings option. System Properties dialog will open

Windows 10 Advanced settings


Step 2:  Change Performance settings for foreground apps.

  • Go to the Advanced tab in System Properties dialog, and click Settings under Performance to change the performance settings of foreground apps.

Windows 10 System Properties

  • A pop-up Performance Options dialog will open, tap the Advanced tab. Choose to “Adjust for best performance of Programs.”

Windows 10 Performance settings

  • Click Apply and OK to finish.

In this way, you have successfully changed your CPU priority to prefer foreground apps.

2. Registry Editor Settings to Adjust CPU Priority

Alternatively, you can make some changes to the values in Registry Editor to change CPU priority to prefer foreground apps in Windows 10.

Step 1: Press Windows + R keys at the same time, type“regedit” in Run dialogue box, and press Enter. The Registry Editor will open.

Step 2: Type or paste this command into the Registry Editor.


Windows 10 Registry Editor

Note: The “Priority Control key” defines the foreground vs. background priority differential. The possible default values for Win32PrioritySeparation are REG_DWORD 0, 1, or 2, which specifies the priority that is provided in the foreground apps.

Step 3: Now, change the value of Win32PrioritySeparation to make foreground apps function well.

Then, perform double click the Win32PrioritySeparation in the right pane of Registry Editor. You will see its value data is 2 now. Change the Value data to 26 for setting the performance of the foreground apps.

Windows 10 Registry Editor Settings

Windows 10 Registry Editor Settings_value

By performing the above steps, you have successfully changed the value of DWORD in registry editor to prefer foreground apps on your windows 10.

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