TopWinPrio is Free Alternative to Tune Up Live Optimization
One of the new features that Tuneup Utilities 2010 integrated was Live Optimization that helps in giving more priority to active application while switching inactive ones to lower priority. This feature is helpful whenever you are working with heavy applications like Photoshop, playing heavy games etc. Enabling this feature basically speeds up application start ups as they get higher CPU power and resources. You may want to have this feature but Tuneup is not a free application. TopWinPrio is a free application that can perform this task easily.
TopWinPrio is a small application available in both installer and portable versions and compatible with all windows from xp. It is a simple application with a very easy to use application. It consists of three settings windows, the priority list shows the applications that are loaded and given priority.
You can alter some basic settings according to your needs. The time interval after which the application refreshes itself for processes can be predefined. You can also assign the priority of active and inactive applications. It is strongly recommended to keep the priority for active as it is because changing it to High may result in system freeze at times when there are many applications running.
TopWinPrio can be selected to start with windows or can be started manually. The notification options sec be selected according to application priority level.
My Verdict: This application gives you more options to configure than Tuneup Live Optimization. Options to select priorities manually for active and inactive applications makes it more flexible. It also has a portable version along with installer which makes it extremely useful.
Download TopWinPrio (2.24MB)