ReadyBoost is a disk caching technology first included with Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. It aims to make computers running Windows Vista more responsive by using flash memory on a USB 2.0 drive, SD card, CompactFlash, or other form of flash memory, in order to boost system performance.
ReadyBoost is also used to facilitate SuperFetch, an updated version of Windows XP’s prefetcher which performs analysis of boot-time disk usage patterns and creates a cache which is used in subsequent system boots. Continue reading →
Windows virtual memory is where windows stores data from RAM when it requires more RAM for programs and RAM installed on your PC is insufficient. By default windows stores this data on c:\pagefile.sys. And windows manages this pagefile size. This may lead to slow computer or performance decrease if you don’t have sufficient RAM.
To overcome this set the pagefile manually.
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To begin with tweaking, I start with TweakUI. It lets you change some of the hidden settings in Windows XP.
Tweak UI Version 2.10 requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or above / Windows Server 2003. If you have a Windows XP system without any Service Packs installed, download Version 2.00.
The Windows shell-development team did some extra programming and put together a set of tools called Power Toys. If you’re a power user, go ahead and try them out, but be forewarned that Power Toys aren’t supported by Microsoft because they’re not part of Windows. This group of “toys” lets you adjust your Windows user interface, including menu speed, window animation, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Version 2.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
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