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ReadyBoost Prevents Windows from Loading

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by AshleeD, Apr 28, 2010.

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  1. AshleeD

    AshleeD Thread Starter

    Apr 16, 2010
    I've been using ReadyBoost for a few weeks now and found it did speed up my system considerably. One site quoted 30% increased startup and I would agree with that. If you're low on ram it's a cheap and easy way to increase speed. Since upgrading from 1gb ram to 3gb the speed difference became unnoticable so I've now disabled it.

    However I did notice a rather major flaw in using it. When I don't have my ReadyBoost drive in my computer won't start. After the boot screen it just continues searching for the drive. This can be a problem if your USB drive fails, you lose it or if your USB drive is not fast enough to handle RB.

    To make matters worse your computer pre-tests that a drive is RB capable and (suprisingly) my slow USB drive passed the initial test while my capable drive failed. So you don't really have any idea if a drive will work until you restart.

    I read someone stating that if your drive is not capable to remove it and windows will continue to load. This did not happen for me. Infact I had to go back to a restore point to start my comp. Which obviously would be a pain if there was a problem with restoring my system or I hadn't created a restore point for quite some time. Perhaps since Windows 7 this has been improved but for Vista users attempting this: Would there be any other way to start if ReadyBoost failed to work?
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