Process.PriorityClass Process.PriorityClass Process.PriorityClass Process.PriorityClass Property

Definition

Gets or sets the overall priority category for the associated process.

public:
 property System::Diagnostics::ProcessPriorityClass PriorityClass { System::Diagnostics::ProcessPriorityClass get(); void set(System::Diagnostics::ProcessPriorityClass value); };
public System.Diagnostics.ProcessPriorityClass PriorityClass { get; set; }
member this.PriorityClass : System.Diagnostics.ProcessPriorityClass with get, set
Public Property PriorityClass As ProcessPriorityClass

Property Value

The priority category for the associated process, from which the BasePriority of the process is calculated.

Exceptions

Process priority information could not be set or retrieved from the associated process resource.

-or-

The process identifier or process handle is zero. (The process has not been started.)

You are attempting to access the PriorityClass property for a process that is running on a remote computer. This property is available only for processes that are running on the local computer.

You have set the PriorityClass to AboveNormal or BelowNormal when using Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). These platforms do not support those values for the priority class.

Priority class cannot be set because it does not use a valid value, as defined in the ProcessPriorityClass enumeration.

Examples

The following example starts an instance of Notepad. The example then retrieves and displays various properties of the associated process. The example detects when the process exits, and displays the process's exit code.

#using <system.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Diagnostics;
int main()
{
   
   // Define variables to track the peak
   // memory usage of the process.
   _int64 peakPagedMem = 0,peakWorkingSet = 0,peakVirtualMem = 0;
   Process^ myProcess = nullptr;
   try
   {
      
      // Start the process.
      myProcess = Process::Start( "NotePad.exe" );
      
      // Display the process statistics until
      // the user closes the program.
      do
      {
         if (  !myProcess->HasExited )
         {
            
            // Refresh the current process property values.
            myProcess->Refresh();
            Console::WriteLine();
            
            // Display current process statistics.
            Console::WriteLine( "{0} -", myProcess );
            Console::WriteLine( "-------------------------------------" );
            Console::WriteLine( "  physical memory usage: {0}", myProcess->WorkingSet64 );
            Console::WriteLine( "  base priority: {0}", myProcess->BasePriority );
            Console::WriteLine( "  priority class: {0}", myProcess->PriorityClass );
            Console::WriteLine( "  user processor time: {0}", myProcess->UserProcessorTime );
            Console::WriteLine( "  privileged processor time: {0}", myProcess->PrivilegedProcessorTime );
            Console::WriteLine( "  total processor time: {0}", myProcess->TotalProcessorTime );
			Console::WriteLine("  PagedSystemMemorySize64: {0}", myProcess->PagedSystemMemorySize64);
            Console::WriteLine("  PagedMemorySize64: {0}", myProcess->PagedMemorySize64);
            
            // Update the values for the overall peak memory statistics.
            peakPagedMem = myProcess->PeakPagedMemorySize64;
            peakVirtualMem = myProcess->PeakVirtualMemorySize64;
            peakWorkingSet = myProcess->PeakWorkingSet64;
            if ( myProcess->Responding )
            {
               Console::WriteLine( "Status = Running" );
            }
            else
            {
               Console::WriteLine( "Status = Not Responding" );
            }
         }
      }
      while (  !myProcess->WaitForExit( 1000 ) );
      Console::WriteLine();
      Console::WriteLine( "Process exit code: {0}", myProcess->ExitCode );
      
      // Display peak memory statistics for the process.
      Console::WriteLine( "Peak physical memory usage of the process: {0}", peakWorkingSet );
      Console::WriteLine( "Peak paged memory usage of the process: {0}", peakPagedMem );
      Console::WriteLine( "Peak virtual memory usage of the process: {0}", peakVirtualMem );
   }
   finally
   {
      if ( myProcess != nullptr )
      {
         myProcess->Close();
      }
   }

}
using System;
using System.Diagnostics;

namespace ProcessSample
{
    class ProcessMonitorSample
    {
        public static void Main()
        {
            // Define variables to track the peak
            // memory usage of the process.
            long peakPagedMem   = 0,
                 peakWorkingSet = 0,
                 peakVirtualMem = 0;

            // Start the process.
            using (Process myProcess = Process.Start("NotePad.exe"))
            {
                // Display the process statistics until
                // the user closes the program.
                do
                {
                    if (!myProcess.HasExited)
                    {
                        // Refresh the current process property values.
                        myProcess.Refresh();

                        Console.WriteLine();

                        // Display current process statistics.

                        Console.WriteLine($"{myProcess} -");
                        Console.WriteLine("-------------------------------------");

                        Console.WriteLine($"  Physical memory usage     : {myProcess.WorkingSet64}");
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Base priority             : {myProcess.BasePriority}");
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Priority class            : {myProcess.PriorityClass}");
                        Console.WriteLine($"  User processor time       : {myProcess.UserProcessorTime}");
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Privileged processor time : {myProcess.PrivilegedProcessorTime}");
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Total processor time      : {myProcess.TotalProcessorTime}");
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Paged system memory size  : {myProcess.PagedSystemMemorySize64}");
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Paged memory size         : {myProcess.PagedMemorySize64}");

                        // Update the values for the overall peak memory statistics.
                        peakPagedMem   = myProcess.PeakPagedMemorySize64;
                        peakVirtualMem = myProcess.PeakVirtualMemorySize64;
                        peakWorkingSet = myProcess.PeakWorkingSet64;

                        if (myProcess.Responding)
                        {
                            Console.WriteLine("Status = Running");
                        }
                        else
                        {
                            Console.WriteLine("Status = Not Responding");
                        }
                    }
                }
                while (!myProcess.WaitForExit(1000));


                Console.WriteLine();
                Console.WriteLine($"  Process exit code          : {myProcess.ExitCode}");

                // Display peak memory statistics for the process.
                Console.WriteLine($"  Peak physical memory usage : {peakWorkingSet}");
                Console.WriteLine($"  Peak paged memory usage    : {peakPagedMem}");
                Console.WriteLine($"  Peak virtual memory usage  : {peakVirtualMem}");
            }
        }
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics

Namespace ProcessSample
    Class ProcessMonitorSample

        Public Shared Sub Main()

            ' Define variables to track the peak
            ' memory usage of the process.
            Dim peakPagedMem As Long = 0
            Dim peakWorkingSet As Long = 0
            Dim peakVirtualMem As Long = 0

            ' Start the process.
            Using myProcess = Process.Start("NotePad.exe")

                ' Display process statistics until
                ' the user closes the program.
                Do

                    If Not myProcess.HasExited Then

                        ' Refresh the current process property values.
                        myProcess.Refresh()

                        Console.WriteLine()

                        ' Display current process statistics.

                        Console.WriteLine($"{myProcess} -")
                        Console.WriteLine("-------------------------------------")

                        Console.WriteLine($"  Physical memory usage     : {myProcess.WorkingSet64}")
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Base priority             : {myProcess.BasePriority}")
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Priority class            : {myProcess.PriorityClass}")
                        Console.WriteLine($"  User processor time       : {myProcess.UserProcessorTime}")
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Privileged processor time : {myProcess.PrivilegedProcessorTime}")
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Total processor time      : {myProcess.TotalProcessorTime}")
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Paged system memory size  : {myProcess.PagedSystemMemorySize64}")
                        Console.WriteLine($"  Paged memory size         : {myProcess.PagedMemorySize64}")

                        ' Update the values for the overall peak memory statistics.
                        peakPagedMem = myProcess.PeakPagedMemorySize64
                        peakVirtualMem = myProcess.PeakVirtualMemorySize64
                        peakWorkingSet = myProcess.PeakWorkingSet64

                        If myProcess.Responding Then
                            Console.WriteLine("Status = Running")
                        Else
                            Console.WriteLine("Status = Not Responding")
                        End If
                    End If
                Loop While Not myProcess.WaitForExit(1000)

                Console.WriteLine()
                Console.WriteLine($"  Process exit code                         : {myProcess.ExitCode}")

                ' Display peak memory statistics for the process.
                Console.WriteLine($"  Peak physical memory usage of the process : {peakWorkingSet}")
                Console.WriteLine($"  Peak paged memory usage of the process    : {peakPagedMem}")
                Console.WriteLine($"  Peak virtual memory usage of the process  : {peakVirtualMem}")
            End Using
        End Sub 'Main
    End Class
End Namespace

Remarks

A process priority class encompasses a range of thread priority levels. Threads with different priorities that are running in the process run relative to the priority class of the process. Win32 uses four priority classes with seven base priority levels per class. These process priority classes are captured in the ProcessPriorityClass enumeration, which lets you set the process priority to Idle, Normal, High, AboveNormal, BelowNormal, or RealTime. Based on the time elapsed or other boosts, the base priority level can be changed by the operating system when a process needs to be put ahead of others for access to the processor. In addition, you can set the PriorityBoostEnabled to temporarily boost the priority level of threads that have been taken out of the wait state. The priority is reset when the process returns to the wait state.

The BasePriority property lets you view the starting priority that is assigned to a process. However, because it is read-only, you cannot use the BasePriority property to set the priority of a process. To change the priority, use the PriorityClass property, which gets or sets the overall priority category for the process.

The priority class cannot be viewed using System Monitor. The following table shows the relationship between the BasePriority and PriorityClass values.

BasePriority PriorityClass
4 Idle
8 Normal
13 High
24 RealTime

Security

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Applies to

See also