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Starting Applications with a User Set Priority
Starting Applications with a User Set Priority
A wonderful command built into Windows enables you to start any program
and specify its priority. This cool utility is called the Start command. Using the
Start command with priority lags followed by the executable enables you to
start any program at a priority level of your choice.
For the sake of demonstrating how to use the command, assume that the
Calculator is set at high CPU priority. Follow these steps to set the command:
1. Open Notepad to type the command so that it can be turned into a batch
script file.
2. After Notepad opens, type start /high calc.exe .
If you want to start the Calculator at a different priority, you can replace
/high with /low, /normal, /realtime, /abovenormal, and /belownormal.
3. After keying in the priority level, click the File menu bar item in Notepad
and select Save As. Change the file Save As Type to All Files and type
launchcalc.cmd in the Filename box.
You can call the file anything you want, but make sure that it has the .cmd
file extension so that Windows knows to execute the commands in the file.
4. Specify a location on your hard drive to save it, such as your desktop, and
click the Save button. You are now finished and can exit Notepad.
Now that you have created the batch command file, you are ready to start
your new shortcut.
You can apply the same technique to any program on your computer. Instead
of typing calc.exe at the end of the command, type the name of the executable
of the program that you want to start.
Additionally, you can use this command on nonexecutable files such as
documents. For example, you can type start/high mydocument.doc to start Microsoft
Word in the High priority level with your document opened.
You have now finished optimizing the core components of Windows 8. First
you learned how to add more memory to your computer and about the new
ReadyBoost feature of Windows 8 that allows you to gain some of the benefits
of adding RAM without even opening your case to speed up memory access.
Then you learned how to adjust your paging file to speed up your hard drive
access and adjust application priorities.
Next, I show you a way to speed up your network connection. I start with
browsing the network and your network card and work outward to speeding
up your Internet connection.
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