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Windows Vista's Ready Boost

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Like I mention previously, when you first buy and on your Windows Vista, everything seems fast.

Until a few weeks later, time seems to slow down, or your Windows Vista is slowing down.

I've written about how speed up your booting up and shutting down.
Now it's turn to speed up stuff that's in between.

As time goes on, opening and closing application seems to take longer than normal.
Games, Internet Explorer or FireFox doesn't seems to be response as fast.

So what can we do other than physically plugging in more RAM?

In fact, all Windows Vista comes with this useful function called Ready Boost.
It make use of your Memory Devices like Thumb drive, Memory Cards/Sticks to simulate it as a temporary place to store files which you often use.
(files are cache onto these memory devices for those more technical people)

Here's one problem, Windows Vista doesn't really accept just any memory stick.
There's a certain requirement or specification that's predefined.
(The device must be able to do 3.5 MB/s for 4 KB random reads uniformly across the entire device and 2.5 MB/s for 512 KB random writes uniformly across the device.)

Which means all our normal 1GB or even 4GB memory stick or card are kinda useless in this case if it doesn't meet it's requirement.

But wait, it's not the end yet.
You can actually tweak Windows Vista Registry to edit it's predefined requirements.

For some people it works like miracle, but some says this method only fools Windows Vista in believing the memory device is compatible but not really using it.

Personally, it isn't really useful for me as I rarely fully use up my 2GB RAM so I've tried but see no effect in performance.

So to try it or not is up to you, but here's the trick =)

Plug in your memory device (Memory Stick, Card, Thumb Drive) into you PC or Laptop.
Ignore and close of the Auto Play.
Go to 'My Computer', right click on your memory device and select 'Properties'.

Under 'Ready Boost' tab, select or check the box 'Stop Retesting This Device When I Plug In'.
Click 'OK' and unplug the memory device from your machine.

Next is to edit the Registry.
As usual, always remember to create a System Restore Point when editing any Registry.
(For more information or instruction, browse for older post)

Press the Windows key + 'R' and the Run Command Window will pop-up.
Type in 'regedit' and hit 'Enter' or click on 'OK'.

You will then see the Registry Editor Window, simply located the following folder or path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows-NT > CurrentVersion > EMDgmt

Under EMDgmt is the list of USB device installed to your machine.
Simply locate your memory device and double click it.
Then you will see a list of Registry thats associate with your memory device.

Here's the important steps.
1.Double click on 'Device Status' and change the value to '2'. 2.Double click on 'ReadSpeedKBs' and change the value to '1000'. 3.Double click on 'WriteSpeedKBs' and change the value to '1000'.

Once you've done these 3 steps, close Registry Editor Window.
(Remember to double check that you've change the value of the right Registry)

Lastly, follow the first few steps, plug in your memory device and go to 'My Computer', right click on your memory device and select 'Properties'.
This time round under 'Ready Boost' tab select 'Use This Device' and it should start working.

So do feed back if it work for you if you've tried =)

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