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Windows 8 and ReadyBoost
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Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.

Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. . 

ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk.. 

A commonly held 'view.. '

 "Well, it worked in Windows 95!"

MVP Award years

2005 - 2006 - 2007

2008 - 2009 - 2010

2011 - 2012 - 2013


The original MVP logo

My Favourite Utilities

Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy..

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used..

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using..

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell..

Stardock Start8..

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..


What is ReadyBoost?

It is a fast disk cache which can help increase performance in low specification systems. It was developed for use in Vista, and has carried over into Windows 7 and 8.

Devices suitable for ReadyBoost

Fast USB flash drives. If your flash drive does NOT meet the requirements set by Microsoft, you will NOT be offered the ReadyBoost option. You will also not be offered the option if your computer has an SSD drive fitted either as the boot drive or secondary drive.

Will ReadyBoost work with Windows 8?

Windows 8 will present you with this message if it doesn’t think that ReadyBoost would help. Remember that these limits are set Microsoft:

"This device cannot be used for ReadyBoost. ReadyBoost is not enabled because this computer is fast enough that ReadyBoost is unlikely to provide additional benefit."


Now, you may think that Microsoft is being a little heavy handed, but somebody has to save you and a perfectly good flash drive from your outmoded beliefs..


Posted Wed, Jan 15 2014 10:10 by Mike Hall
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