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I am aware that I can use the Task manager to give a process a 'high' priority.' How can I start an application so that it will always use 'high' priority?
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Mad,

 How can I run an Application at a higher priority?

A. It is possible to start an application at a priority other than normal, however if you run applications at
high priority THEY may slow performance. Priorities range from 0 to 31, 0 - 15 are used by Dynamic
applications, such as user applications and most of the operating system parts, 16-31 are used by real time
applications like the kernel which cannot be written to the page file. Normal priority is level 8 (NT 3.51
normal was 7). The full list is

    realtime, priority 24
    high, priority 13
    normal, priority 8
    low, priority 4

To start an application at a priority other than the default use the start command, e.g.

start /<priority> <application>, e.g. start /high winword

Be warned that if you run applications at high priority may slow performance as other application get less
I/O time. To use the /realtime option you have to be logged on as a user with Administrator privileges.

To modify the privilege of a currently running application use Task Manager

  1.Start Task Manager (Right Click on the Start Bar and select Task Manager)
  2.Click on the Processes tab
  3.Right Click on the required process and select "Set Priority"
  4.You can then select a different priority
  5.Close Task Manager

It is also possible to increase the priority of whichever application is currently in the foreground, as
opposed to the background processes.

  1.Start the System Control Panel Applet (Start - Settings - Control Panel - System)
  2.Click the Performance tab
  3.In the Application Performance tab move the arrow
    - None - The foreground application runs the same as background applications
    - Middle - The foreground application has its priority increased by one, background applications stay
    the same.
    - Maximum - The foreground application has its priority increased by two, background applications
    stay the same, e.g. an application will have its priority increased from 8 to 10.

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thanks!
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