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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
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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