If im not mistaken, priority settings cannot be applied to drivers, as they are handled directly by the kernel (The core of the operating system itself).
Your real issue is: What is prioritizing the active window doing for you?
Windows, by default, allows 2 clock cycles for every background window and 6 cycles for the foreground window each time it doles out CPU time. If your foreground windows are still having problems, than messing with Windows' settings in this way can cause things to break.
If changing thread priority is leading to a huge increase in performance, then the real question is: "What is running in the background sucking up all my CPU time?"
Keep in mind, that Windows is some of the most tested code on earth, and it does a pretty good job of managing threads by itself. Threads should not be given priority, unless they are system critical processes. For example, the driver that manages NTFS or your hard disk. Windows does this sort of tuning automatically.
Finally, the windows task manager (Control - Alt - Delete) runs as "High" priority by default. If you have another application set to high, and it locks up, you may lose the ability to safely terminate that application.
Doing this also gives the app priority over the windows shell (start menu, desktop and such). All this means is that you would have to pull the plug on your machine to regain control of the PC. If the app was doing something important, like modifying the registry or saving a file, for example, this hard shutdown could leave your system in an UNBOOTABLE
state, requiring a reinstallation of the operating system.
Long story short, you want to leave priorities alone unless you have very
good reason to do otherwise.
If you are having performance problems, I recommend you post a HiJack This log and let one of the Malware experts make sure you are clean.
Just my 2 cents,
The only drawback to the program is that it occasionally causes the mouse cursor to behave sluggishly/erratically. I'm guessing there's a way to manually raise the mouse priority to `above normal' or `high' at the beginning of each Windows session to keep the mouse functional while Actual Booster is operating, but I can't seem to find the name of the process that corresponds to mouse operation...
There is no windows process that manages the mouse. It is handled by the kernel itself. Your mouse has one of the highest possible priorities of the whole system. There is no way to modify this.
Also, if you set everything to high priority, then what was the point of ever changing it in the first place.....
Edited by Billy O'Neal, 27 February 2008 - 11:18 PM.