Speeding up Windows Vista Part 2: Speeding up the system start-up I (ReadyBoost)

This is part 2 a series of 6 articles on how to speed up Windows Vista. In this part we explain how to use Windows ReadyBoost.
To open the other parts of the article, please use the links at the end of this part.

Table of Contents:


Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Speeding up the system start-up I (ReadyBoost)
Part 3: Speeding up the system start-up II (Starting with two processor cores)
Part 4: Deactivating Windows Aero
Part 5: Speeding up the hard drive
Part 6: Deactivating unused hardware


Windows Vista introduces Windows ReadyBoost mainly in order to make more memory available to older systems. You can use flash memory devices like current USB flash drives or memory cards (like SD or MMC) to enhance the performance of your system.


The flash memory works as additional cache. Windows ReadyBoost is based on the intelligent memory management of Windows SuperFetch and can speed up the reaction time of your system.


Note: In order for this tip to work, you will need a USB flash drive (or memory card) with at least 500 MB free capacity and a high data transfer rate. It doesn’t matter if data are already stored on the medium.





Start Windows ReadyBoost

  1. Plug the USB flash drive into a free USB slot on your PC. The medium will be detected automatically.




  2. In the AutoPlay dialog box click on the option Speed up my system.

    Note: If the AutoPlay dialog box is not shown automatically, open the Windows Explorer with the key combination [Windows key] + [E]. Right-click on the new device in the tree-structure on the left and choose the command Open AutoPlay.







  3. Windows determines at once if the medium is suitable for ReadyBoost. If not, you will receive a corresponding note. If your medium is suitable for ReadyBoost, click on the option Use this device in the ReadyBoost tab.





  4. Windows suggests using the complete free space for optimizing memory. If you agree, no other data can be stored on the medium afterwards.
    Tip: When using current USB flash drives with a capacity of 4 GB, it is enough to reserve 2 GB for ReadyBoost. In this case, move the control under Space to reserve for system speed to the suitable place - in our example: 2000 MB. You can also adjust this value by using the arrow keys next to the field.



    When using flash drives with small capacities it is recommended to go with the original suggestion made by Windows.






  5. Click OK. The changes to the external medium will be immediately effective.





  6. You can now find the reserved memory space in the Windows Explorer. The entry is named ReadyBoost Cache File.






  7. To deactivate ReadyBoost, follow steps 1 and 2 given above, and then choose the option
    Do not use this device on the ReadyBoost tab. The reserved memory space will be released at once.






References

The other articles in the series on how to speed up Windows Vista are:
Part 1: Introduction


Part 2: Speeding up the system start-up I (ReadyBoost) - this article

Part 3: Speeding up the system start-up II (Starting with two processor cores)

Part 4: Deactivating Windows Aero

Part 5: Speeding up the hard drive

Part 6: Deactivating unused hardware

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