[HOWTO] Forcing Windows to Change Priority & Processor Affinity on Processes Ran by SYSTEM

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I encountered a problem when trying to change the process priority & processor affinity for my VMWare. The problem is that this process is ran by SYSTEM instead of my username. In order to run ‘Task Manager’ at elevated level, make sure all ‘Task Managers’ are closed do the following:

  1. Open a ‘Command Prompt’ window by going to Start -> Run then type ‘cmd’ then press enter
  2. Type
    ntsd -c qd taskmgr

    in the command prompt

After that, a new ‘Task Manager’ will popup and you should be able to modify the settings.

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One Response to “[HOWTO] Forcing Windows to Change Priority & Processor Affinity on Processes Ran by SYSTEM”

  1. [Hack] Unable to change priority in Task Manager | Akshay Jain Says:
    August 30th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    [...] A simple workaround is to run the Task manager by giving it System level access. (Thanks : Life in 0 and 1) [...]

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