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Readyboost

Using Windows Readyboost is a great way to improve the performance of your computer when doing your day-to-day tasks.

In this guide, we will learn what Readyboost is, what its requirements are, and how to get it working for you.

What is Readyboost?

Readyboost uses a USB thumb drive to create an extra cache of the most commonly used data.

How Does it Work?

Solid state memory (what your USB drive uses) has excellent transfer speeds; therefore, it can be used to store and access data that is needed quickly.

Windows Vista Readyboost uses the USB thumb drive as an extra cache between the processor and the hard disk. Unlike RAM, the data is stored on your thumb drive and can be used next time you use your computer — a great time saver.

What are the Requirements?

For a USB thumb drive to be compatible, it needs to have a minimum of 256 MB free space. Most modern USB thumb drives will meet the space and speed requirements of Readyboost.

How Can I get it Working for Me?

First, put your USB thumb drive into a USB port on your computer. The following menu will appear.

Readyboost

Select Speed up my System with Windows Readyboost. The next screen will come up. Select Use this device and select how much of the drive you want to use for Readyboost. I recommend using a full USB drive. I would match the size of your drive to the amount of RAM you have in your laptop.

Readyboost

Press OK, your drive will be configured and you are good to go. Don’t expect miracles – but stick with it and your computer will begin to perform more efficiently.



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Comments

  • M Laney

    I always wondered what that was… I dont have a USB to try it :(

  • M Laney

    I always wondered what that was… I dont have a USB to try it :(

  • M Laney

    I always wondered what that was… I dont have a USB to try it :(

  • Lou

    I use this already and it is so much quicker. Your instructions are easy to follow!

  • Lou

    I use this already and it is so much quicker. Your instructions are easy to follow!

  • Lou

    I use this already and it is so much quicker. Your instructions are easy to follow!

  • Asis

    Speed up my system is not appearing

  • Asis

    Speed up my system is not appearing

  • Asis

    Speed up my system is not appearing

  • Rich

    How big is your thumb drive?

    What is the make and model number? Some drives are not compatible with readyboost.

  • How big is your thumb drive?

    What is the make and model number? Some drives are not compatible with readyboost.

  • How big is your thumb drive?

    What is the make and model number? Some drives are not compatible with readyboost.

  • Younes

    Use This Model ! OCZ Rally2 Or OCZ ATV – 1GB Or More :)

  • Younes

    Use This Model ! OCZ Rally2 Or OCZ ATV – 1GB Or More :)

  • Younes

    Use This Model ! OCZ Rally2 Or OCZ ATV – 1GB Or More :)

  • Asis

    JetFlashTS2GJFV30 USB DRIVE 2GB
    Is not Working.

  • Asis

    JetFlashTS2GJFV30 USB DRIVE 2GB
    Is not Working.

  • Asis

    JetFlashTS2GJFV30 USB DRIVE 2GB
    Is not Working.

  • Younes

    eBooster Ver 2.0.2 You Can Use It In Windows Xp & Vista
    This Tool Use Any Usb Drive Any External Hard Drive For Ready Boost Win Xp & Vista. It’s Cool :) ) (*)
    Flash Ubs Drive Usb2 support write Speed 5mb (512mb) or More!

  • Younes

    eBooster Ver 2.0.2 You Can Use It In Windows Xp & Vista
    This Tool Use Any Usb Drive & Any External Hard Drive For Ready Boost Win Xp & Vista. It’s Cool :) ;) (*)
    Flash Ubs Drive Usb2 support write Speed 5mb (512mb) or More!

  • Younes

    eBooster Ver 2.0.2 You Can Use It In Windows Xp & Vista
    This Tool Use Any Usb Drive & Any External Hard Drive For Ready Boost Win Xp & Vista. It’s Cool :) ;) (*)
    Flash Ubs Drive Usb2 support write Speed 5mb (512mb) or More!

  • Younes
  • Younes
  • Younes
  • Younes

    ebooster:
    Vistas ReadyBoost benefits on your Windows XP machine;
    Smart caches frequently used applications and files for maximum performance speed up;
    Supports both USB and non-USB removable media devices, as well as additional hard disks;
    Allows up to 4 devices for simultaneous smart caching;
    Cache file size of up to 4GB on each device;
    Compatible with all ReadyBoost ready devices.
    The eBoostr trial version has no time expiration and you can evaluate it for as long as you wish. However the product demo is fully functional only for 4 hours after each system boot. This will allow you to evaluate the product and estimate how it performs on your configuration. Enjoy It:)
    Hey I Have Srial ;)

  • Younes

    ebooster:
    Vistas ReadyBoost benefits on your Windows XP machine;
    Smart caches frequently used applications and files for maximum performance speed up;
    Supports both USB and non-USB removable media devices, as well as additional hard disks;
    Allows up to 4 devices for simultaneous smart caching;
    Cache file size of up to 4GB on each device;
    Compatible with all ReadyBoost ready devices.
    The eBoostr trial version has no time expiration and you can evaluate it for as long as you wish. However the product demo is fully functional only for 4 hours after each system boot. This will allow you to evaluate the product and estimate how it performs on your configuration. Enjoy It:)
    Hey I Have Srial ;)

  • Younes

    ebooster:
    Vistas ReadyBoost benefits on your Windows XP machine;
    Smart caches frequently used applications and files for maximum performance speed up;
    Supports both USB and non-USB removable media devices, as well as additional hard disks;
    Allows up to 4 devices for simultaneous smart caching;
    Cache file size of up to 4GB on each device;
    Compatible with all ReadyBoost ready devices.
    The eBoostr trial version has no time expiration and you can evaluate it for as long as you wish. However the product demo is fully functional only for 4 hours after each system boot. This will allow you to evaluate the product and estimate how it performs on your configuration. Enjoy It:)
    Hey I Have Srial ;)

  • Roger

    I want to try this but if I leave my USB memory stick in my USB port I can’t start up Vista until I pull it out

    hhhmmm?

    is it worth it?

  • Roger

    I want to try this but if I leave my USB memory stick in my USB port I can’t start up Vista until I pull it out

    hhhmmm?

    is it worth it?

  • Roger

    I want to try this but if I leave my USB memory stick in my USB port I can’t start up Vista until I pull it out

    hhhmmm?

    is it worth it?

  • Mel

    Interesting use of a usb stick!

  • Mel

    You probably just need to straiten out your bios settings..

  • Mel

    You probably just need to straiten out your bios settings..

  • Mel

    Interesting use of a usb stick!

  • Mel

    What seems to be the problem? How do you know it isn’t working?

  • Mel

    What seems to be the problem? How do you know it isn’t working?

  • Mel

    Yep – looks like my main one won’t work either.

  • Mel

    Yep – looks like my main one won’t work either.

  • Mel

    Interesting use of a usb stick!

  • Mel

    You probably just need to straiten out your bios settings..

  • Mel

    What seems to be the problem? How do you know it isn’t working?

  • Mel

    Yep – looks like my main one won’t work either.

    • Guest

      Interesting use of a usb stick!


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