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Manage the CPU Task Priority (Windows 95/98/Me) Popular

This setting allows you to manage how the system processor should prioritize foreground and background tasks.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value and set it according to the table below.

  • 1 - Foreground tasks have maximum priority
  • 2 - Foreground tasks have higher priority than background tasks
  • 3 - (Default) Foreground and background tasks have equal priority.
  • 0 - (Not Recommended) Foreground tasks run in real-time. Warning this could make other tasks and your system hang.
Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|CPUPriorityREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\BIOS]
Value Name: CPUPriority
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: 1, 2 or 3

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Last modified: September 16, 2002