>Ok, now all unnecessary services are stopped. What would be the next logical step? When AMD and Microsoft were not able to increase the CPU power significantly any more, they simply added more CPU’s, that’s why we have dual and quad-core CPU’s nowadays. So, what you can do is to get more RAM. However, we don’t want to buy anything new, because we’re on a low budget. Although, I am sure that you own an USB-stick , right?
Since Windows Vista there is a little feature, that most people do NOT use effectively. To be honest with you, I haven’t used it myself and I might run into errors while I try to show it to you. The feature is called ReadyBoost and can give you up to 6% more performance. This depends on the amount of RAM you have. Low-End system with less RAM will see a great performance increase and many applications will load faster. Since Windows 7 there is no longer a memory limit of 4GB and you can use several devices for ReadyBoost.
1. Plugin your USB-stick
2. Move all your files on that stick into a folder on your hard drive to make room – it’s just a test!
3. Start the Explorer (Windows + E), do a right-click on your drive and select “properties”.
4. Open the tab “ReadyBoost” and pick “Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost”. Click on Apply.
Ok, so we added a ReadyBoost device. Let’s see what it looks like:
On the drive you can find a cache file now that should be pretty big. I still had some other files on the stick, because this is my MP3-player.
5. Repeat the steps 1-4 for all other devices (unlimited)