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    Program (software run priority

    I am preparing to change my anti-virus protection from Norton (Symantec) to NOD32 and have been doing some research about the swap. In my research I read an article from the medical I.T. community about issues they should consider when setting up a system for a medical professional, including the computer's anti-virus protection. The article also mentioned an ability for Windows users to assign usage priorities to different software so that those select programs that the doc needs to run uninterrupted can be assigned higher priorities than lesser needed programs that might normally share a priority assignment. The article mentions a "Normal" process mode and a Processes Tab on the Task Manager box. I have NEVER seen such a tab, could not find one last night, and have searched all through the Help file looking for same. Has anyone heard of this? Is it something I can configure to my liking/needs or is this one of Windows' VERBOTEN features, perhaps reserved for those with more technical qualifications?

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    Re: Program (software run priority

    I have never tried playing with process priorities, but you can access them by right clicking a process in task manager.

    Edited to add: this screenshot is from Windows XP, I no longer remember if Windows 98 had similar functionality.

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    Re: Program (software run priority

    I don't think that kind of control is possible in Win98. I'd say they were referring to 2000/XP. It is possible though, to use 3rd party utilities to set priorities for running processes. Priorities are usually set to one of Idle, Normal, High or Real Time.
    One of my favourites is Process Viewer for Windows NT and 95/98 - <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware 100KB. I don't use it for this purpose, but it's possible to do so.

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    Re: Program (software run priority

    StuartR,

    Thanks for your reply. You're correct about Win98. As far as I can tell, there is no such feature for Win98.

    Thanks again,

    -Steve-

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    Re: Program (software run priority

    Alan,

    Thanks for the info on the utility. I've downloaded it and, as soon as I take care of some other software changes (swapping my Norton AV for NOD32) I will delve into making use of the utility you suggested.

    -Steve-

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