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Tip: Assign a Program or Process to a Specific CPU running on Windows 7

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If you have a dual-core or multiprocessor system, you can assign a process to a specific processor. But you can only do this after the process is already running. To do this, open the Task Manager and go to the Proc esses tab. Right-click the process you want to assign and choose Set Affinity. A dialog box will appear, letting you select the processor you want the process to use.

If all CPUs are selected, Windows will set the process affinity as it sees fit.

From the Microsoft Press book Windows 7 Inside Out by Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, and Craig Stinson.
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