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Windows Readyboost Monitor

16 Nov/09

Readyboost is a technology in Windows that was introduced in Windows Vista and improved for Windows 7 by Microsoft. The technology basically allows the computer user to select a flash drive for memory caching. The effect is noticeable on computer systems with 1 Gigabytes or less of computer memory installed. The thinking behind this is that flash memory offers in general a better performance than platter based hard drives.

The improved Readyboost technology in Windows 7 now supports a maximum cache size of 32 Gigabytes opposed to the 4 Gigabyte limit in Windows Vista. Windows 7 also supports up to eight Readyboost devices compared to one in Vista and can improve the startup performance as it can be used during startup as well.

The Windows Readyboost Monitor is a system tray application that will display information about the Readyboost performance on the computer system. Information that are monitored and displayed include the read and write speeds and totals, the cached size, compressed size and the cached and compressed ratio.

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The program starts monitoring the Readyboost performance right after installation and startup. It can be an excellent tool to analyse the utilization of the Readyboost technology to see if it does make sense to use it in the operating system (if nothing gets cached there is not really a need for it).

ReadyBoost Monitor is available for download at the developer’s website. It is compatible with Windows Vista and requires the Microsoft .net Framework 3 to be installed.

Windows 7 users can use the Performance Monitor to check on the Readyboost performance in their operating system. The easiest way to get there is to enter [perf] in the start menu search programs and files form.

Click the [Add] button.

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Select [ReadyBoost Cache] from the available counters.

add counters

Results.

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It is not likely that the developer of ReadyBoost Monitor will add support for Windows 7. The last update of the program dates back to 2008 and lots of users have left comments in the guestbook (the place the developer asked users to leave comments for future versions) asking for Windows 7 support.

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