Set & Save Process Priority in Windows Task Manager

Windows 10/8/7 is an intelligent Operating system which assigns the priority of a process to the processor running in foreground or background. The Operating system also provides a user flexibility to enhance or degrade the priority of a process as per user requirements.

Windows assigns different priorities to different tasks which are running. This way, by assigning a higher priority to more important tasks it ensures that critical tasks do not get interrupted by less important background tasks. While playing multimedia or rendering some heavy graphics or super web browsing, amount of processor priority requires increases for a process.

Change Process Priority in Windows 10/8/7

To change the priority of a process

1. Right click on taskbar. The menu will show an option to start the Task Manager. Click on it.

2. The task bar has few tabs. On the process tab there is a list of all the processes along with their priority, description and memory. You may change a priority of process by right clicking it and selecting its priority as High, Normal, Low etc.

3. However when you close the process and restart the same, the priority for that process is set to default “Normal”.

Save Process Priority in Windows 10/8/7

To make sure your priority is saved, you may use a utility named Prio – Process Priority Saver, which is free for personal use.

Prio allows a user to save the priority specified by user for any process. Once it is installed it will provide an option in the menu to save the priority of a process.

Prio will save the applied changes and every time a new instance of the process is executed, it will hold the priority as set by the user. This may come handy when you don’t want to assign the same priority to a process every time you execute it, instead want to do it in one go.

Prio also enhances the standard Processes tab with useful tool-tips containing detailed information about each running process; adds an additional TCP/IP tab to display all established TCP connections and all open ports (TCP and UDP), and more.

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The author Vasu Jain is studying Computer Science at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Windows. He blogs at and can be contacted on Twitter @vasujain.