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Readyboost Windows 7

OK.I bit the bullet and got Win7 ultimate..

Ready boost is a feature that seems to work noticeably with multimedia etc. BUT, how can I get it to remain on, on boot up? It's not PC specific as this happens on all my PC's with W7U.

I've searched copious amounts of sites, even those (nearly all) that avoid any real answer by asking the user about his breakfast and a lot of other derailed sidetracking garbage.

Microsoft was utterly useless, as were the help files in W7U.

OK. I can't afford to pay for help, so I suppose I won't get an answer here, but it would be nice, and for millions of others.

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  • Scoee Scoffer Nov 17, 2009

    Thanks Dwane4444. That is the recommended and is included in the help files, but that's about all the help you get from Microsoft. Needless to say, I have tried all the obvious except NTFS Format sticks (too expensive for me at this moment for 16GB or bigger).

    I used FAT32 and EXFAT format with same results. 16Gb and 4 Gb sticks. 4 different PC's and a laptop. Windows Ultimate Activated, Unactivated, the trial versions and several re-installations to see if I did something wrong. I'm sure it's something simple, but I am flummoxed.

    Regards

    Scoffer

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Not really sure of your problem - I use ReadyBoost all the time - I have a 2Gb usb key connected all the time (not though a hub!). Went to Computer - "USBKey" - Properties - ReadyBoost - and selected dedicate this device to ReadyBoost - OK. It all worked and remains working through all shutdowns and startups.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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    dwane4444 Nov 17, 2009

    Here are the requirements for a readyboost key drive:



  • The device must be at least 64 MB

  • The device must be USB 2.0

  • It has to be able to read at 3.5 MB/s

  • It has to be able to write at 2.5 MB/s



  • If all these are OK, then the problem must lie with the the item common to all your tests - the key drive. Mine is formatted as FAT, but I can't help but think the problem may be with the read-write speeds.

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