Extra memory using memory stick in XP?

Posted: 01-23-2009, 06:19 PM
Hello there,

A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
anyone point me in the right direction?

Mark.

Extra memory using memory stick in XP?


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Bob I
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Re: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 06:30 PM
You would need to install Vista, and it is called Ready-Boost. It
doesn't work the way you think, and this feature doesn't exist in XP
natively nor through an add in.

Mark wrote:
> Hello there,
>
> A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
> stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
> believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
> download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
> anyone point me in the right direction?
>
> Mark.
smlunatick
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Re: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 06:42 PM
On Jan 23, 6:30*pm, Bob I <bire...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> You would need to install Vista, and it is called Ready-Boost. It
> doesn't work the way you think, and this feature doesn't exist in XP
> natively nor through an add in.
>
> Mark wrote:
> > Hello there,
>
> > A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
> > stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
> > believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
> > download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
> > anyone point me in the right direction?
>
> > Mark.
I read a post, in this newsgroup last, that some other company had
made a XP version of the ReadyBoost system.
Elden Dederscheck
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RE: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 06:44 PM
I believe that what your friend is refering to is Readyboost. This is a
native feature of Windows Vista, and not XP.

There is a 3rd party application, called eBoostr, that claims to do that the
same thing for Windows XP. I have not tested it and cannot vouch for it. Try
it at your own risk.

http://www.eboostr.com/

"Mark" wrote:
> Hello there,
>
> A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
> stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
> believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
> download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
> anyone point me in the right direction?
>
> Mark.
Unknown
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Re: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 07:30 PM
Is that another money making scam? (gimmick?) What's wrong with virtual
memory that is present in all Windows OS?
"Mark" <Mark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7FC7E931-A534-47B8-BB81-FECB097DFFDB@microsoft.com...
> Hello there,
>
> A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
> stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
> believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
> download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
> anyone point me in the right direction?
>
> Mark.

Curt Christianson
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Re: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 07:32 PM
That website certainly has some impressive *claims*, but I have a real
problem, under the heading "Utilize Available RAM Better" where they make
mention of "making use of otherwise wasted free RAM", and "(paraphrased)
if my computer has *over* 1GB of memory, I'll see a significant increase in
speed and responsiveness". I think that should say, if I have over 1GB
installed, I *may not* see much improvement in performance.

Those two statements would make me run like *ell from their products.

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"Elden Dederscheck" <EldenDederscheck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:6B8F3F4E-6A9E-46BB-87E5-17B68A799F2F@microsoft.com...
|I believe that what your friend is refering to is Readyboost. This is a
| native feature of Windows Vista, and not XP.
|
| There is a 3rd party application, called eBoostr, that claims to do that
the
| same thing for Windows XP. I have not tested it and cannot vouch for it.
Try
| it at your own risk.
|
| http://www.eboostr.com/
|
| "Mark" wrote:
|
| > Hello there,
| >
| > A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
| > stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
| > believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
| > download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
| > anyone point me in the right direction?
| >
| > Mark.


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Re: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 07:50 PM
accessing a cache
is faster than ram
in some cases.



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"Curt Christianson" <curtchristnsn@NOSPAM yahoo.com> wrote in message news:eAPtIFZfJHA.3668@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> That website certainly has some impressive *claims*, but I have a real
> problem, under the heading "Utilize Available RAM Better" where they make
> mention of "making use of otherwise wasted free RAM", and "(paraphrased)
> if my computer has *over* 1GB of memory, I'll see a significant increase in
> speed and responsiveness". I think that should say, if I have over 1GB
> installed, I *may not* see much improvement in performance.
>
> Those two statements would make me run like *ell from their products.
>
> --
> HTH,
>
> Curt
>
> http://dundats.mvps.org/
> http://www.aumha.org/
> http://dundats.mvps.org/AutoIt/default.aspx
>
> "Elden Dederscheck" <EldenDederscheck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message news:6B8F3F4E-6A9E-46BB-87E5-17B68A799F2F@microsoft.com...
> |I believe that what your friend is refering to is Readyboost. This is a
> | native feature of Windows Vista, and not XP.
> |
> | There is a 3rd party application, called eBoostr, that claims to do that
> the
> | same thing for Windows XP. I have not tested it and cannot vouch for it.
> Try
> | it at your own risk.
> |
> | http://www.eboostr.com/
> |
> | "Mark" wrote:
> |
> | > Hello there,
> | >
> | > A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
> | > stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
> | > believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
> | > download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
> | > anyone point me in the right direction?
> | >
> | > Mark.
>
>
Elden Dederscheck
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Re: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 08:01 PM
I would certainly agree with you on this. The claims are pretty out there.

"Curt Christianson" wrote:
> That website certainly has some impressive *claims*, but I have a real
> problem, under the heading "Utilize Available RAM Better" where they make
> mention of "making use of otherwise wasted free RAM", and "(paraphrased)
> if my computer has *over* 1GB of memory, I'll see a significant increase in
> speed and responsiveness". I think that should say, if I have over 1GB
> installed, I *may not* see much improvement in performance.
>
> Those two statements would make me run like *ell from their products.
>
> --
> HTH,
>
> Curt
>
> http://dundats.mvps.org/
> http://www.aumha.org/
> http://dundats.mvps.org/AutoIt/default.aspx
>
> "Elden Dederscheck" <EldenDederscheck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message news:6B8F3F4E-6A9E-46BB-87E5-17B68A799F2F@microsoft.com...
> |I believe that what your friend is refering to is Readyboost. This is a
> | native feature of Windows Vista, and not XP.
> |
> | There is a 3rd party application, called eBoostr, that claims to do that
> the
> | same thing for Windows XP. I have not tested it and cannot vouch for it.
> Try
> | it at your own risk.
> |
> | http://www.eboostr.com/
> |
> | "Mark" wrote:
> |
> | > Hello there,
> | >
> | > A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
> | > stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
> | > believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
> | > download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
> | > anyone point me in the right direction?
> | >
> | > Mark.
>
>
>
Curt Christianson
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Re: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 08:18 PM
It seems there have been 3rd party applications that claim to manipulate RAM
and virtual memory better than Windows, and they've been making that claim
as far back as Windows 3.11. May very well be longer than that, for all I
know.

One product that comes to mind was "Hurricane", which caused it share of
problems. I would know, as it was given to me, and I used it back in the
days I didn't know any better.

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Curt

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"Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> wrote in message
news:jVoel.18610$Ws1.11256@nlpi064.nbdc.sbc.com...
| Is that another money making scam? (gimmick?) What's wrong with virtual
| memory that is present in all Windows OS?
| "Mark" <Mark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
| news:7FC7E931-A534-47B8-BB81-FECB097DFFDB@microsoft.com...
| > Hello there,
| >
| > A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
| > stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
| > believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
| > download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
| > anyone point me in the right direction?
| >
| > Mark.
|
|


Ken Blake, MVP
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Re: Extra memory using memory stick in XP?
Posted: 01-23-2009, 08:59 PM
On Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:19:01 -0800, Mark
<Mark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> Hello there,
>
> A friend at work mentioned that in Vista it is possible to use a memory
> stick plugged into a USB port to act as extra memory (RAM). Though he
> believes this is not available in XP as standard he thought there is a
> download to facilitate this. I'm using XP Home. If this is the case can
> anyone point me in the right direction?

It's called ReadyBoost. Your friend either doesn't understand what
ReadyBoost is or he's misleading you. ReadyBoost does not simply work
as extra RAM. For information on what it is, read
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost is available in Vista, but not XP, and if there's any way
to do something similar in XP, I don't know of it.

But it doesn't much matter, because ReadyBoost is a poor idea for
almost everyone. The following is my standard message (for Vista
users) on ReadyBoost:

My advice is not to use ReadyBoost no matter how much RAM you have.

If you have 2GB or more of RAM, the little it might do for you is so
slight as to be almost unnoticeable.

And if you have less than 2GB of RAM, you would do much better to
spend your money on upgrading your RAM to 2GB than on buying a device
for ReadyBoost use.

So, in general, I always recommend against using ReadyBoost.


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