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ReadyBoost- Speed up your system

ReadyBoost is introduced by Windows. Its main aim is to speed up Windows by means of using USB drives. It helps a system when it run or low memory. Using ReadyBoost capable flash drives allows Windows for cashing to service random disk reads with more performance provided by a typical hard drive. I dont want to explain more complex functions in background which may not be easy to digest. In a short, a ReadyBoost means a USB drive which is used for increasing the performance of Windows. Note, only Windows, not Ubuntu or Mac!

Before setting up a ReadyBoost, we can check the features and importance of a ReadyBoost device. According to Microsoft, a ReadyBoost device store cache data in 2:1 ratio. That is if Windows is storing 2 GB cache data in your USB drive, it is worth contain a data of nearly 4GB! One of the main ideas behind ReadyBoost is flsh drives has a very fast seeker time while comparing with hard drives. If you are using a laptop http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=tecare-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003NE5K50&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifror notebook ReadyBoost can help you in two ways. Performance and Energy management. A typical laptop flash drive is of 4200-5400 RPMs. Allowing USB drives to cache, flash drive access can be reduced. Since this helps to spin down drive, battery power can be conserved.
ReadyBoost works with Windows 7 and Vista. Windows 7 allows to use upto 7 USB drives as ReadyBoost and to a maximum of 256GB in total. Now we can see how to setup a ReadyBoost device. A USB falsh device of minimum capacity 256 MB(250MB after formatting) and a maximum of 256GB can be used for this. However, if you are unsure of the capacity, no worries! Windows can help you in deciding whether your device is compatible. 
Plug in your USB drive to your system. If you have an Autoplay you may see a dialogue box with an option to “Speed up my system”.
 If you are not getting any messages, go to My computer. You can see your plugged device listed under “Devices with removable storage”. Right click on it and open properties. Select the tab “ReadyBoost” if available. Otherwise, your device is not supporting ReadyBoost.
If you are planning to use this drive for speeding up alone, you can select “Dedicate this device” option. Also, you can see the amount of memory Windows recommends to use. Select any of these option and press OK. At any time if you want to free up your USB from being used as ReadyBoost , you can chnage the option to “Do not use this device”
You can experience the performance of ReadyBoost while using using resource hungry utilities such as Photoshop. 
Please note, do not remove USB drive without stopping the device. Otherwise it can either damage the system or USB drive.

How to increase netbook performance in windows 7

Recently netbook sale has increased rapidly as everyone is using netbook instead of laptops. But netbook is comparatively slower. Todays most of the softwares are resource hungry. As netbooks are designed to perform basic net surfing documentation, presentation etc., they are not powerful enough to run resource hungry OS and softwares. However here is some tips for increasing your netbook performance.
1. Upgrade your memory
Most of the netbooks are shipped with 1 GB memory. It is advisable to upgrade it to 2 GB to get better performance.
2. Adjust your windows for best performance
There is an option inside windows to adjust performance settings. Adjust it as below. Right click on My computer icon and select properties. Then select advanced settings. There you can see advanced tab as shown in below picture
Then select settings under performance. 

Here select the option adjust for best performance. In this mode, all special features will be turned off. If you need any special kind of features, you can select the check boxes below.

3. Use CCleaner

CCleaner is a utility which helps to fix registry errors. Registry errors are generated after installing/uninstalling a software. Also it provide an option to take a backup before you fix registry errors.

4. Do not use antivirus

Antivirus is something which is highly resource utilizing softwares. In windows 7, windows defender is preinstalled which will take care of spywares. Also run CCleaner, which will delete temporary files. Also, avoid browsing sites which you are not familiar with.

5. Use ReadyBoost

This is a feature in windows 7, which enables to use your USB drive as an additonal to your memory and will help to speed up your device. Once you plug in a USB drive, an option will be shown in auto play whether you like to use it as a ready boost. If you choose, windows will show you how much memory in USB will be used for ReadyBoost. Always use this device plugged in your netbook.

6. Do not install too many softwares

If you are not using a software, uninstall it immediately. Because most of these softwares will be running in background, which will reduce the sysytem performance.

7. Turn off unnecessary system startup

Some programs will be starting up along with windows. If you dont use those softwares, turn it off. You can do it by type msconfig in run box. Also, if you are using CCleaner, there is an option to delete/modify startup values

8. Plug your netbook to AC supply whenever possible

Always try to use netbook with AC power supply. While on battery, some services will be turned off to save battery.

9. Turn off Media options

In windows 7, you can see media center software, which is high resource utilizing one.You can turn it off in control panel > Programs and Features > Turn off windows features

10. Use linux

Linux is super fast OS. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, is such a powerful OS that it boot in 3 or 4 seconds where windows 7 takes nearly a minute to ready to use. Also, there are many softwares are provided for free of cost. For more info go to www.ubuntu.com