95/98/ME/XP: Adjust Amount of CPU Resources a DOS Program Receives

Posted June 11, 2004 by AlexTheBeast in Windows

These instructions describe a simple way to adjust the amount of CPU time an MS-DOS program gets from the system.


Many users still have a few MS-DOS programs that occassionally need to run for periods of time. Being able to regulate how much of the CPU resources these programs receive can be useful. To make these adjustments, use the following steps:

1. Right-click the program’s shortcut.
2. Click Properties from the context menu.
3. Click the Misc tab.
4. Adjust the Idle Sensitivity.

This tells Windows how long to allow a program to be idle before taking away resources. Therefore, if you want a high amount of resources to be directed toward your app, set the sensitivity to low. If you want the program to use as little CPU as possible, set the sensitivity to high.

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