Monday, September 21, 2009

How to Install a USB Drive for Ready Boost in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Microsoft Windows Vista has the ability to use ReadyBoost (r) and a USB thumbdrive to boost the performance of your Windows Vista (r) or Windows 7 (r) computer.  Want to know how?  Click below for the full tutorial.

It seems like your computer is great when you first get it, but after a while it seems to get sluggish and performance seems to suffer.  You could upgrade the RAM and other components but what if all that has been upgraded to capacity?  Why not try Microsoft's ReadyBoost (r) Technology?  There are several things you should know before attempting to use ReadyBoost in an everyday computing environment.

  1.  The USB drive or SD device must meet certain performance criteria.

  2.  Once you allocate all or part of the USB device you can no longer remove
       it for other uses with serious performance degradation.

For most FAQ check this excellent posting over at MSDN by clicking here.

Installation of the ReadyBoost feature should be relatively quick and painless.  Just insert your USB device and follow the onscreen instruction to allocate all or part of your USB Drive.  The 2 images below are for guidance.

Read on if installation was not this easy.
 1.  Begin by inserting your USB device into an available USB port.
 2.  Open Windows Explorer and right click the Thumb Drive and click properties.
 3.  There should be a ReadyBoost Tab you can click and use for setting up the USB drive.
Ready Boost Tips:
 1.  Use a non SanDisk Cruzer or any U3P USB Drive.  These drives are able to run programs off of them and are designed to be used as an advanced Thumb Drive between multiple computers.

 2.  Most systems will benefit with a ReadyBoost size of anywhere from 2 - 4 gigabytes of space.  Play around with the configuration and size until you get the best performance.  I have not tested ReadyBoost with anything larger than 4 gigabytes.

 Please keep in mind this is form informational purposes only.  Although I do offer to help with any issues you may encounter I do not warranty anything in this article nor can or will I be held liable for any damages.

Any Questions, Comments, Changes or Corrections can be emailed to

Windows Home Server WHS Mobile 1.5 Update

Ever wanted a way to control your Windows Home Server (WHS) from your iPhone or Windows Mobile Device? Look no further, WHS Mobile 1.5 should be the answer to your prayers. Read on after the break.

WHS Mobile v. 1.5 will allow you to configure and manage your home server remotely via a Windows Mobile device or an iPhone. PLUS you can use the add-in to stream MP3s to an iPhone, and WMA tracks to a Windows Mobile device.

If this sounds like the best thing since sliced bread click here to check it out.

[source: WeGotServed]

[Links:  WHS Mobile]


UPDATE:  Due to some bugs it looks like the link was shutdown but should be up and running soon!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Apple iPhone OS 3.1 Available Today - 09.09.09

Engadget is reporting that Apple is to release iPhone OS 3.1 today. It has some updates that will add functionality for Genius recommendations and should be free for iPhone and iTouch 3.0 users.

Links available after the break.



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

WINtoFLASH USB Windows Installer

WINtoFLASH takes your Windows Install DVD and creates a bootable Flash Drive. Easily convert a flash drive into a bootable Windows DVD in a few easy steps

More after the break.

With optical drives becoming less common these days (especially in an office environment) trying to dig up your Windows CD can be a real pain. What if your CD is scratched? What if your CD/DVD drive is busted - what do you do then? Well download WINtoFLASH and a spare flash drive and create your bootable Windows flash drive. You can transfer Windows XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003 and 2008 to a flash drive and best of all it is freeware. This is for Windows only based systems.