How to Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

The computers, work on preference. The most important processes, services, and the apps are given high priority, and the one with low importance are given low priority. In case of Windows, multiple vital processes are running in the background. As they are essential, the Windows give preference to them over the foreground apps. So, how you can set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps?

When the background apps and services are preferred over the foreground apps, the foreground apps start to run slowly. Well, that annoying because you are using them. If you are experiencing the foreground apps running slowly, then you should set CPU to prefer foreground apps. In this post, I will teach you how to set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps Windows 10. Follow the steps carefully and make foreground apps run faster with CPU priority.

How to Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps

There are two working methods to set CPU to prefer foreground apps. The first one is changing the CPU priority via the Control Panel and the second one is to change priority from the Registry Editor. Here are both of the steps to fix CPU priority to prefer apps running foreground.

Method 1: Adjust CPU priority via Control Panel

In this method, you have to change the default preference of favoring the background apps over foreground app. By default, it is set to prefer the background apps and services. Here are the steps to fix CPU priority to prefer foreground apps.

  1. Go to Control Panel from the Start Menu and click on “System and Security.” System and Security Windows
  2. In the System and Security, click on “System.”Set CPU Priority to Prefer Foreground Apps
  3. Click on the “Advanced Settings” option on the Left-hand side of the Window. Advanced System Settings
  4. Now, the Advanced Settings Window will open. In that window, click on the “Settings” button beside the “Performance” option.System Properties Windows
  5. Now, in the Performance Settings, switch to “Advanced” tab and select the checkbox in front of “Programs” to set cpu priority to prefer foreground apps
  6. Click on “Apply” button and then Press “OK” to save the settings.
  7. Congrats! You’ve completed the process to set CPU to foreground apps.

Method 2: Use Registry Editor

The Windows Registry Editor is a powerful tool to edit the registry entries and make your computer more useful. In this method, we will create new DWORD registry entry in the Registry Editor to prefer foreground apps over background apps and services in Windows 10.

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First of all, open the RUN window by pressing the “Windows + R” key combination on the keyboard.

  1. In the RUN window, type “regedit” (without quotes) and press ENTER to open the  Registry Editor.regedit windows
  2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following entry. Follow this path to find the entrance.
  3. In the Priority Control, you’ll find a DWORD registry named “Win32PrioritySeparation”. Double click on the Registry to edit it.win32 priority separationIn the Value Data field, type number 26 and save the registry. The 26 number forces windows to prefer foreground apps.
  4. Now, Click “OK” to save the edited values, and you are ready to roll. Just restart the computer so that the changes will take effect.

The Registry Editor method looks a little bit complicated, but it’s not. If you follow these steps carefully, then you’ll find it more effective than the Control Panel method. The Win32PrioritySeparation registry in the editor determines the CPU priority. We’ve changed the default values to prefer foreground apps in Windows 10.

Final Words

These are the working method on how to set CPU priority to prefer foreground apps. The foreground apps may run slow when the CPU resources allocation is made for the background apps. If you are experiencing the slow running foreground apps while using the Windows 10, then you should immediately follow these methods to fix the issue of background apps consuming most of the CPU resources.

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