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Windows 7: ReadyBoost

14 May 2010   #1
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 
ReadyBoost

I Know ReadyBoost is fairly old now but until today it hasnt worked with a message saying USB incompatible,until i tried it today and the same USB worked????(has their been updates),I was just wondering what exactly does it do??,its upped my graphics/Aero score up .3 and has sped up my pc but whats on the flash,is it storage/data or just like a gig of RAM???

soz if this is in the wrong place


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14 May 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Here's some info about readyboost, I don't know about any updates to it though.

Windows 7 features - ReadyBoost - Microsoft Windows

ReadyBoost - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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14 May 2010   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

How much system memory do you have? If it is 1 GB or more, you most likely are only seeing a placebo effect.
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14 May 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The only reason I saw a stick rejected was because it was too slow - especially in access time. You have to measure your stick and your disk and compare the numbers. If the access time of the stick is way over 1ms, it will not buy you much as the data transfer rate is probably many times slower than that of the disk. HD Tune is what I use for measurements. But let it run until it stoips, else you will not get the access time.

But in general, as Deacon Frost says, you will have little measurable effect with ready boost.
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15 May 2010   #5
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 
Readyboost

I was Wondering about updates because its the same stick,which wasn't previously working,Thanks for all replys and your'e right ,there seems to be little difference but streaming vids on stuff like youtube seem to be quicker,and for an answer to the memory question ,i have 4 gb(3.25 useable) ,games like DOW2 seem to have more fps aswell(cant get it to run with Dx10 though)
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15 May 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gaz View Post
I was Wondering about updates because its the same stick,which wasn't previously working,Thanks for all replys and your'e right ,there seems to be little difference but streaming vids on stuff like youtube seem to be quicker,and for an answer to the memory question ,i have 4 gb(3.25 useable) ,games like DOW2 seem to have more fps aswell(cant get it to run with Dx10 though)
I am a little amazed that you are actually getting some performance improvement with the amount of RAM you have. May I suggest you make a little check. Go to the Resource Monitor > Memory Tab (you get there via Task Manager > Performance tab) - Look into the column "Hard Faults". Those would be the number of page faults you get. I bet this column shows mostly zeros meaning that nothing is being written to the page file and your stick is essentially unused. Now you have to ask yourself where the perceived performance improvement comes from.
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