Add Vista flash drive ReadyBoost to Windows XP

The description on the website sounds very enticing:

"eBoostr is an alternative solution to Vista’s ReadyBoost and SuperFetch technologies now available on Windows XP. It speeds up your PC and improves application responsiveness by using flash memory and free RAM as an extra layer of performance-boosting cache for your PC."

I downloaded the product and tried it on my XP based IBM T42 laptop with 1GB of memory. For a flash drive I used a Lexar Lightning with 2GB allocated to the cache. The Lightning is one of the faster flash drives and is well suited to the role.

The setup was simple enough, although creating the cache took a few minutes. Once it’s setup the program runs quietly in the background, actively caching commonly used files and memory processes. It’s quite active: the LED on the Flash Drive was flickering just about every time I did something on the PC.

The product uses an unusual trial system. The program works full-featured for four hours after a reboot, then disables itself until the next time you boot, at which time you get another four hours.

I guess it was designed to highlight to users the difference in performance with the product enabled compared to disabled.

It’s a nice idea except that I didn’t notice any real difference in performance!

I ran some timing tests and they did show my PC was running between two and six percent faster. The trouble is that didn’t translate into a significant perceived improvement in speed.

After a week I uninstalled it. With the product fully removed my PC performed much the same.

However, my experience may be different to yours. You can download it and try it on your PC and see if it helps. Let me know if it does. Before you purchase it, consider that you might get better results if you simply buy more RAM memory for your PC. Commercial software, $19-$39, Windows 2000, XP, 2003 with USB 2 port, 1MB.

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