Saturday, August 21, 2010

How to Enable and Use ReadyBoost in Windows 7 and Vista

Enabling ReadyBoost in Windows Vista / Windows 7

Getting ReadyBoost set up and working on a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer is extremely simple. First, insert an empty USB drive into the computer's USB2.0 slot and Windows Vista will do a quick test to make sure the device is ReadyBoost compatible. It's a good idea to move all your data off the USB drive before setting it to function in ReadyBoost.

The AutoPlay window should pop up, if not open up "My Computer" then right click on the USB device and go to "Properties". Click the "ReadyBoost" tab. From there check the "Use this device" radio box and then use the "Space to reserve for system speed:" slider to assign how much space you want to assign to ReadyBoost. Once that's done click "OK" or "Apply" and you're set!

Doing this will create a ReadyBoost file that is placed in the root directory of the USB drive, in the size that you assigned previously. If you do not devote 100% of the drive space to ReadyBoost, you can still use the remaining free space for storage.

ReadyBoost serves as a repository for non-critical files only, so you can remove the USB stick at any time without having to worry about corrupting system files, or crashing the entire computer. Reinserting the USB drive into the computer will allow it to reassume its ReadyBoost abilities automatically.

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