ReadyBoost Is a native feature In the Windows operating system, that was first Introduced In Windows Vista, and every OS after that. The concept behind ReadyBoost, Is to speed up your computer's performance, but only If It's running low on Ram, or If your PC doesn't have enough Ram Installed to begin with. ReadyBoost Is best used with a USB flash drive and In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how It's done.
Before I begin, I'd like you to have an understanding of how ReadyBoost works. Don't worry, I won't go Into great detail and bore you to tears. Here's how It operates.
Windows has a feature named SuperFetch, which runs In the background and constantly monitors what programs you use the most. It then preloads the programs Into your computer's Ram, hence they're readily available. The next time you use the programs, they will execute a lot faster because they're already preloaded Into Ram.
ReadyBoost works together with SuperFetch. How? Well, when you connect your USB flash drive and enable ReadyBoost, Windows will take the data from SuperFetch (that's sitting In your computer's Ram) and store It on the ReadyBoost USB flash drive. As such, It will free up your computer's Ram, hence speed up It's performance. Makes perfect sense, yes? I thought as much.
As already mentioned, ReadyBoost Is only beneficial If your PC Is running very low on Ram, or does not have enough Installed. If you're like myself and running 32 GB of Ram, ReadyBoost Is useless. You'll see what I mean shortly. For the purpose of this guide, I've enabled ReadyBoost on my laptop with 2 GB of Installed Ram. Okay, let's get this tutorial started.
As said above, If you have more than enough Ram, ReadyBoost Is futile and will not function. Here's what happened when I tried to enable It on my PC that's running 32 GB of Ram. A message of "This device cannot be used for ReadyBoost" was returned.
Firstly, you must have a ReadyBoost compatible USB flash drive. If It's recently purchased, you shouldn't have a problem. That aside, plug In your USB flash drive, right-click It and select Properties.
There's a number of options to choose from, but If you wish to use your USB flash drive solely for ReadyBoost, select the Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost radio button. It will now configure the USB flash drive. This doesn't take long at all. In my case, It took less than 10 seconds on my 32 GB USB stick.
ReadyBoost Is now all up and running. As you can see, It's used almost the entire capacity of my USB stick.
Upon viewing my USB flash drive's contents, the ReadyBoost cache file Is occupying most of It's storage. This Is where data Is stored and (as required), used by a given application Instead of your computer's Ram, thus freeing up system memory.
If you change your mind and do not want to use ReadyBoost, go back to Step Three above, but this time select the Do not use this device radio button. Hit OK, and ReadyBoost will reverse all changes.
During my test of Windows ReadyBoost (as per the above tutorial) on my laptop running only 2 GB of Ram, I was actually quite surprised that It did In fact speed up It's performance, namely when opening and closing applications. Of course, that's what ReadyBoost Is designed to do. I should mention, that my laptop only had around 500 MB of available/free memory at the time of testing.
Just remember that If your PC has more than enough Ram, ReadyBoost will not serve any benefit whatsoever. As a matter of fact, as per Step One above, It will most likely fail to Initiate.