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If your PC is slow, this function speeds it up using your hard drive or SSD

There is nothing more exasperating than to be using the computer, with Windows, and that this go slow and crash every so often. The older the PC is, or the lower-end components are mounted, this becomes considerably more pronounced. However, although the first thing we can think of to make it go faster is to improve certain elements (such as the hard disk or SSD, or the RAM memory) we may not have to invest a single euro. It is enough to take advantage of the functions that are included in Windows itself.

There are many myths that revolve around improve computer performance. Some promise to speed it up, for example by increasing paging memory, while others invite us to make certain changes to the registry to speed up Windows. Generally, most of these recommendations are false, myths that have been spread over time that do not really work. However, what can help us to make the PC go faster is an unknown tool, which has been with us for many years, called ReadyBoost.

What is ReadyBoost

This feature came to users with the release of Windows Vista, and although it is still present in Windows 11, the truth is that it does not have a large audience. What this tool does is allow us to activate drives or partitions to use them as if they were a cache memory on the PC. Windows can save data to these drives to free up RAM and make your computer run a little faster.

ReadyBoost is built on technology SuperFetch from Microsoft. What it does is learn from the user’s habits so that it can know, more or less, what the use of the computer is going to be, and thus optimize resources. This function will send to ReadyBoost all the information loaded in memory that the user will not need, will free up memory, and will leave just what we need.

Although it is true that we can use this cache with any storage unit, we recommend use fast drives. Otherwise, the bottleneck that we will get will be immense. An internal SSD, or an NVMe hard drive connected by USB-C could be good options to activate this cache.

How to activate it with a couple of clicks

This function is available to all Windows users, from Vista to the latest 11. And we can also activate it very easily. To do this, we only have to connect the unit we want to use as a cache (an internal hard drive, an SSD, an external drive, a pendrive, etc.), and go to “This computer”. We click on the unit with the right mouse button, and we open the properties window.

Here we will see a tab called “ReadyBoost” from which we will be able to activate this function.

Of course, if Windows considers that our computer is already powerful enough, and, above all, that we have considerable RAM memory, it will not let us activate this function. By doing so, not only will we not obtain additional advantages, but we can achieve the opposite effect.

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