Are you having trouble watching a movie when you also have a lot of other programs running?
Watch movies with "AboveNormal" priority
Here’s what you have to do:
1. Make a new folder on your hard drive, name it Tweaks
2. Create a new text file in the folder you just made, but instead of saving it with the .txt extension, name it WMP_AboveNormal.bat
3. Right-click WMP_AboveNormal.bat and choose "Edit’ It will open up in Notepad...
Write: start /AboveNormal C:"Program files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" %1 %*
4. Save it and make sure you save it as .bat, not .txt
You now have two choices:
The easiest choice is to use the WMP_AboveNormal.bat as a shortcut to launch Windows Media Player with Above Normal Priority
- Just double click WMP_AboveNormal.bat and it launches Windows Media Player.
- You can also make a shortcut to the WMP_AboveNormal.bat and place the shortcut on your desktop.
Or you can change some of the file associations in Windows, so that Windows Media Player will always be launched with Above Normal Priority:
- In Windows Explorer choose Tools >Folder Options > File Types
- Scroll down (or press A) to find the AVI file type.
- Click "Change’ and point to C:\Tweaks\WMP_AboveNormal.bat .
- Click OK and Close.
Every time you double click an .avi file, Windows Media Player will open with the "AboveNormal’ -priority setting
(If you want to, you can repeat the last steps, to register all media types you want to be opened this way.)
Additional option to Run Tasks in Low Priority Automatically in Windows XP:
- Create a copy of the shortcut to the task you want to change.
- Right-click the icon of the task, Properties > Shortcut >Target
- We will use Adobe Photoshop as an example.
- You have to change...
- "C:\Program files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Photoshop.exe"
- C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /c start "Adobe Photoshop" /belownormal "C:\Program files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Photoshop.exe"
(with quote; notice there is no quote at the start ! )
Another way to fix your problems would be to run other programs with BelowNormal priority.
Many users usually run large programs like Photoshop and Dreamweaver with BelowNormal priority and Media Players with AboveNormal priority.
Running a task in low priority does not mean that it will run slow.
These are all the priority settings:
Realtime, High, AboveNormal, Normal, BelowNormal, Low.
Never set a program to Realtime, in most cases it will freeze your computer.
High priority could work, but we recomend you to stick to: AboveNormal, Normal, BelowNormal, and Low
The safest way to modify the privilege of a currently running application is to use WindowsTask Manager of course...
- Start Task Manager (Right Click on the Start Bar and select Task Manager)
- Click on the Processes tab
- Right Click on the required process and select "Set Priority"
- You can then select a different priority
- Close Task Manager