All computers slow down over time and use. Maintenance helps keep it running at optimal performance, but what if you want a quick fix?
Adding more RAM chips help but you may not want to crack open the case (or pay someone) to add more memory. How about giving your computer a lift with the ReadyBoost feature, which essentially uses portable flash memory as RAM.
I had an 8GB flash drive lying around and thought, hey! Maybe I can perk up this tired old box a bit by trying ReadyBoost.
To turn ReadyBoost on or off:
- Plug a flash drive or flash memory card into your computer.
- In the Autoplay dialog box, under General options, click Speed up my system.
- 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.
- Click OK.
ReadyBoost, (introduced with Windows Vista), also works with flash memory cards like those used in digital cameras. You also don’t lose the card or drive to Windows forever because ReadyBoost can be turned on or off at will.
Windows 7 also includes troubleshooting utilities and a Performance Information and Tools feature that you can use to help diagnose certain causes of slowness too.