How to Increase your computer speed using Windows 7 built-in feature ReadyBoost

Written by Chaks

Topics: Articles, How To, Windows

There are lot of free tools available to speedup your computer and some of them we covered earlier in TechSmartlife. They all work by fine tuning your windows settings or cleaning junk files etc., I observed another interesting feature when playing around with my USB device on Windows 7 today. Low memory can make your computer sluggish because Windows, which needs a place to stash data, turns to the hard drive. Hard drive access is much slower than flash drives. The feature, called ReadyBoost in Windows 7 provides a simple way to speed up your PC, it is designed to use your flash device which is a speedier alternative to hard disk, when your PC’s RAM is running low.

AutoPlay Selection

AutoPlay Selection

Whenever you plug in a USB flash drive or card, an AutoPlay options dialog would be shown to you and mostly the last option would be the ReadyBoost. You can also invoke the ReadyBoost options window by right clicking on the removable media drive from the Window Explorer and selecting the Properties context menu.

ReadyBoost Properties

ReadyBoost Properties

ReadyBoost works with most flash storage devices. In Windows 7, it can handle more flash memory and even multiple devices—up to eight, for a maximum 256 gigabytes (GB) of additional memory. Microsoft recommends atleast 1GB free space in a flash device for ReadyBoost to effectively speed up your computer. Windows shows a message to cleanup your flash device whenever it finds not enough space. For best results, use a flash drive or flash memory card with at least double the amount of available space as the amount of memory (RAM) in your computer.

9 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Nick says:

    Why would anyone go through the hassle of pluggin in a usb drive everytime.
    They might as well spend a few extra bucks and upgrade their RAM. Plus they’d have an extra usb slot free.

  2. Vishak Badri says:

    USB is cheaper than RAM. I think extending RAM depends on motherboard too. If the motherboard doens’t have extra RAM slots, then this is a good option to speedup your PC. My computer with 2GB RAM (32 bit os) is usually decent enough but when i run my Application server and Eclipse IDE, the system becomes very slow. I tried this option and looks good. Anyway i have 2 USB slots in my computer.

  3. I really like your suggestion but i also mentioned some more tips to speed up our computer

  4. Akash says:

    I was also impressed on this move by windows 7, but i think readybost is not efficient as the original RAM but still a useful method to speed up computer.

  5. sayan says:

    Really nice article,i still feel like XP was more customizable till consumer level than windows X series…i can gurantee you speed without installation of any new software..if you follow few guidlines…here the list of steps…hope moderator will be kind enough to keep this link active

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    against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.

    Any suggestions?

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