Windows ReadyBoost allows you to add a non-volatile USB 2.0 flash memory drive to improve memory performance on systems that have less than 1GB of memory. This is is a great feature to use if you have a computer in which a RAM upgrade is difficult or not feasible.
Windows 7 ReadyBoost is very easy to use. Once you connect a USB flash drive to your computer, Windows 7 checks to see if the performance is fast enough to work with Windows ReadyBoost. If so, you are asked if you would like to use the connected drive to speed up the performance of the Windows 7 system. You can also choose to use the complete space on the Universal Serial Bus (USB) drive or just a part of it.
Steps for setting up Windows 7 ReadyBoost
2. In the Autoplay dialog box, under General options, click Speed up my system.
3. In the Properties dialog box, click the ReadyBoost tab, and then do one of the following:
- To turn ReadyBoost off, click Do not use this device.
- To use the maximum available space on the flash drive or memory card for ReadyBoost, click Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost. Windows will leave any files already stored on the device, but it'll use the rest to boost your system speed.
- To use less than the maximum available space on the device for ReadyBoost, click Use this device, and then move the slider to choose the amount of available space on the device you want to use.
7. Click OK.
If you decided to use all the available space of the removable device, then you will not be able to use the device to save files.
You will notice significant improvement with the performance and speed of your computer right away.
If you decide to stop using the removable device for ReadyBoost, simply go to "My Computer" and right-click on the removable device. On the properties, go to the "ReadyBoost" tab and choose "Do not use this device".
ReadyBoost is an easy upgrade to your memory capacity to speed up your computer and improve performance.