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Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost

From: Windows 7 Essential Training

Video: Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost

If you've noticed the performance of your PC has started to dwindle, well, ReadyBoost provides an affordable and easy way to improve that performance, by utilizing external memory as a memory cache. That's nothing new, but in Window 7 ReadyBoost is greatly improved in a number of different ways. We're going to explore it right now. First thing you'll need to do is attach some external memory. So ReadyBoost now, supports multiple memory devices like USB memory keys. I have plugged one in myself. You can see it's been titled Removable Disk (F:).

Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost

If you've noticed the performance of your PC has started to dwindle, well, ReadyBoost provides an affordable and easy way to improve that performance, by utilizing external memory as a memory cache. That's nothing new, but in Window 7 ReadyBoost is greatly improved in a number of different ways. We're going to explore it right now. First thing you'll need to do is attach some external memory. So ReadyBoost now, supports multiple memory devices like USB memory keys. I have plugged one in myself. You can see it's been titled Removable Disk (F:).

it also supports Secure Digital or SD memory cards, as well as other internal flash devices, and get this, it also supports over 40 Gigabytes of storage. So with my device attached, you can see AutoPlay automatically opens up this window full of different options. There happens to be some pictures on this device. So I see some Picture Options. But down below, where I see General options, one of them is to speed up my system, using, here it is, Windows ReadyBoost.

So all I have to do is select this to open up the Removable Disk Properties window. Now, if you have already plugged yours in, and you have closed the AutoPlay window, no problem. I am going to click Cancel. All you need to do is go down to the Windows Orb. Go to your Computer by clicking Computer. You'll find your Removable Disk. I am going to right-click and you can do the same from the pop-up menu choose Properties. It's the exact same window with a different tab selected. Notice there is a ReadyBoost tab over on the right-hand side.

So when we select this, we see those options that will allow us to use this device as a way to boost our PC's performance. So the default is already selected, Do not use this device. We could dedicate the entire device to ReadyBoost or choose how much space we want to dedicate by selecting Use this device. That's where I am going, because I have got other things stored on my device. So when I choose Use this device, I get to select the amount of space I want to dedicate to improving my PC's performance.

You can see, I can type in the value. I can use the up and down arrows if I want, or even faster, use the slider. Now you probably want to leave it at no less than 1 Gigabyte of space. If you go below a Gigabyte you're really not going to help your computer much. So I am going to go down to around 2500. Now if you need to, you can use the arrows to fine tune. I am going to go right to 2500 exactly, and when I click OK, as long as I keep that plugged-in, I am going to notice an improved performance for my PC as I've got 2.5 Gigabytes of external memory being used by my computer to improve that performance.

And you can see all of a sudden, a lot of the space has been used up. That's because of what I just did with ReadyBoost. Now of course, we can always go back, if you no longer want to do that, right-click the same device, go to Properties, and you'll want to make sure that you select ReadyBoost. And at any at any time you can choose not to use this device, click Apply or click OK, if you want to apply the setting and close the window at the same time. So there we go, I have got lots of free space now, I'll close up my Computer window and I am back to the Desktop.

So with more ReadyBoost options here in Window 7, you should have an easy time boosting the performance of your PC whenever it's needed.

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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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