When you see that your home computer is working slow and sluggish, and soon you realize that the behavior is caused due to low memory (RAM) you can easily buy a new one and replace it with the old ones to speed up your computer. However, on the other hand, upgrading an Office computer is not that easy. Most probably, you will have to first contact your technical staffs that will pass your request to higher people up in the food chain, and I need not tell you how much time this kind of request processing can take.
If you are working on Windows Vista or 7, you can try the ReadyBoost feature to speed up your computer.
Ready Boost is a feature in Windows Vista and 7 that makes your flash drive an extension of your physical memory (RAM) and stores your commonly used file for the session to access them quickly. Furthermore, cost of using a flash drive is much cheaper than buying physical memory, and therefore you can take up the idea for your home computer as well.
You will need a minimum of 1GB flash drive to use ReadyBoost. You can plug in amaximum eight flash drive and use them to boost your computer, for a maximum 256 gigabytes (GB) of additional memory.
To activate ReadyBoost on a flash drive plug it in your computer. In the AutoPlay option click and select Speed up my system. If by any chance, the AutoPlay option does not show up, right click on the drive and click on Properties.
In the Properties dialog box, navigate to the ReadyBoost tab and select one of the following options.
- Select Do not use this device to turn off ReadyBoost on the drive.
- Select Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost to use the maximum available space on the flash drive. If your flash drive contains some files, Windows will not delete them but will use the rest of the free available space.
- You can slide and allocate the amount of memory you want to use manually.
Once you are done, click on the OK button to make the changes.
ReadyBoost is a cheap yet effective way to speed up the computer at home or at work. Go for a decent flash drive, with at least double the amount of available space as your RAM, and speed up your computer in no time.
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