How to change priority in Task Manager on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Not all processes on your PC are equal, and some might require more power than others.
  • In today’s article, we’re going to show you how to set priority in Task Manager and allocate more CPU power to certain processes.
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All processes on your PC share the CPU power equally, but did you know that you can give higher priority to specific applications?

That’s right, and in this guide, we’re going to show you how to use Task Manager to set the priority of processes on Windows 10.

How to set something to high priority in Task Manager on Windows 10?

1. Change priority from the Details tab

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start Task Manager.
  2. Go to the Details tab, right-click the desired process, and choose Set priority and select any value that you want.
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  3. When the confirmation dialog appears, select Change priority.
    change priority task manager set priority windows 10

This is the easiest way to set priority in Task Manager, and the priority for that process will remain changed until you end the process or turn off your PC.


2. Change priority using Command Prompt

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter command prompt. Select Run as administrator.
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  2. When Command Prompt starts, run the following command:

wmic process where name="firefox.exe" CALL setpriority "Above normal"

Alternatively, you can set priority by using a numerical value like this:

wmic process where name="firefox.exe" CALL setpriority 32768

Keep in mind that in order for this command to work, the process needs to be running beforehand. Of course, be sure to change the process name and priority level as needed.

You can find the list of priority values in the table below.

RealtimeHighAbove normalNormalBelow normalLow
25612832768321638464

3. Use PowerShell

  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the list.
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  2. When the PowerShell starts, run the following command:

Get-WmiObject Win32_process -filter 'name = "firefox.exe"' | foreach-object { $_.SetPriority(32768) }

Of course, be sure to replace the process name and the priority level as needed. You can find the numeric values from the priority list below.

RealtimeHighAbove normalNormalBelow normalLow
25612832768321638464

4. Start applications with a specific priority

  1. Start Command Prompt.
  2. Now run the following command:

start "" /AboveNormal " C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

This will start Firefox with the Above Normal priority. Of course, you can use any other priority levels to start any application you want, as long as you enter the correct path to it.

To set priority in Task Manager, you just need to go to the Details tab and make the changes from there. If you’re an advanced user, you can always use Command Prompt or PowerShell to change the priority.

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