The article intends to help users know how a USB flash drive can be used as additional RAM in a Windows 7 PC. The methods compiled here are simple and correct until date. However, it is still suggested that these should be followed carefully to avoid facing problems. This will eventually save users from looking for Windows 7 support or alternatively Microsoft product support for help.
Close all the windows that are currently running on your desktop. Grab your USB flash drive, remove its cover, and plug its open end into the intended port. When plugged in properly, an auto play window will prompt open. Highlight the General tab (if it is not highlighted automatically) and click on the Speed up my system option.
Highlight the Ready Boost tab under the Flash Drive Properties window. Now you will see three options viz. Do not use this device , Dedicate this device to Ready Boost , and Use this device . If you select the first option, you will have the Ready Boost feature disabled. If you choose the second option, you can use the additional or maximum space available on the drive. If you include on the third option, you can adjust the size (space) of the drive as desired using the moving slider. When done, click on the Apply button and then OK to exit the Properties window. Your drive is now ready to work as RAM in your computer. Enjoy fast access to programs or applications etc.
If you do not want to use Ready Boost, then you can reformat and rename your drive to use it as RAM. Once you have plugged in the drive, discard any Auto play message and browse to My Computer . Double click on the Removable Flash Drive (F: or H: whatever you see) icon to open it and delete all its contents. Thereafter, close the window and right click on the drive's icon and select Rename . Give a name of your choice to easily recognize it next time.
Exit all the windows. Click on the Start menu and then right click on the My Computer icon to select Properties from the drop down options. Highlight the Advanced tab and then hit the Settings button under the heading Performance . Click on the Advanced tab and then click on the Change button.
In the Virtual Memory window, click to select the USB flash drive (you can recognize it by the name you gave it in previous step) and it will show its current size and the available space. Under Custom size , it will show the initial and maximum size. Now subtract 5MB from the available size and enter that number into both boxes viz. initial and maximum . For example, if you see 2000MB as the drive size, then enter 1995MB (exactly 5MB less than the original size) in both the boxes. Click on the OK button to exit the Virtual Memory window.
Click on the Apply button and then OK to exit Performance Options window. Repeat the same procedure to exit the System Properties window. Once all the windows are closed, reboot your computer. Do not unplug the drive while the system is rebooting as it may cause system crash problem. Enjoy faster access to your computer files and applications etc.
· You must be logged in as an administrator or at least have the admin privileges to perform these changes.
· The drive should have a minimum of 2GB free space so as to make Ready Boost work.
· If you can not find the auto play option, click on the Start menu and type 'auto play' (without quotes and as is) in the Start Search box. Hit the Enter key on the keyboard to bring up the auto play window.