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I have a program that is currently running and takes 100% of my CPU: I don't want to stop it as I need to get its results, but I would like to use the computer for a few minutes without being slowed down by it. I know that I can change the priority of each process using the Windows task manager, but is there a program that would allow me to suspend it (and then resume it later on)? I use Windows 7 and I don't mind about the price.

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You can use Process Explorer:

  • Free
  • Windows XP and higher
  • Right-click on the process, then suspend:

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    You can also, rather than suspending the program, use the same tool to lower the priority of the offending program - this will let other things run without preventing the process from doing some work. – Steve Barnes Jul 3 '14 at 18:31

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