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Windows 7: Disk Thrashing - disable ReadyBoot (not ReadyBoost)

15 Mar 2010   #21

Windows 7 x64

Hmm, the only files I have in \WINDOWS\Prefetch\ReadyBoot are


I think I am going to give up on this for now. Obviously Microsoft does NOT want us disabling readyboot in 7. It was so easy in Vista but not at all in 7. Oh well. I'll just try not to reboot my computer much.

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19 Sep 2012   #22


Why don't you just answer the Damn question?, I am wandering around my system as well trying to figure out WHY I am losing over %90 of my Hard disk speed short of MS trying to get me into an SSD drive there must be a way to fix it PROPER.

I was coping files and saw that the Hard disk WAS thrashing in a "readyboot" directory with 20+ files open doing basically NOTHING short of delaying the copy process.

I would LIKE to Know how to turn it off also!, I DON'T Need to cache a bootstrap on win 7, and I most certianly don't need the copy process to RAM no less to be double-Ramming disk reads/writes without my permission.

I see a dozen replies for Win 7 Issues in all the forums I visit. But No one ANSWERS the questions, don't "Suggest" a software package to fix something, or the old Boot into SAFE mode and see if it happens, GUESS WHAT it does!!

So DOES Anyone HAVE a way to turn this "readyboot" off!!!, Lets just say I want to do it for shits & giggles soas no to offend the "Big Brother" Microsofts planning mechanism.

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23 Jul 2013   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Disable ReadyBoost Win7

I don't mean to resurrect this but the guy left angry and I think someone should have just answered him.

I found his answer here -
Something else to disable on Win7 - ReadyBoot - Storage Forums
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19 Feb 2018   #24


much research . . . many suggestions . . . none worked . . .
so I took the direct approach:
(Admin acct needed)

using notepad, create a file in Windows\Prefetch\ReadyBoot
Hello World
saved as ReadyBoot.txt

delete everything in subdir ReadyBoot except Trace1.fx
change properties of Trace1.fx to Read Only
rename ReadyBoot.txt ReadyBoot.etl
change properties of ReadyBoot.etl to Read Only

not sure if the Trace1.fx is necessary for this to work; did it that way, it works, left it alone.

apparently the fake ReadyBoot.etl causes the process to fail and it aborts.

no ill effects noticed - Resource Monitor shows the disk is no longer 100% saturated with the ReadyBoot process anymore - boot up times significantly reduced.

and, easy to undo if that strikes your fancy later.
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