New Software Promises Readyboost for Windows XP

Moscow-based MDO (Moscow Development Office) is offering a piece of software called eboostr which, it claims, not only allows Windows XP users to enjoy the advantages of Windows' ReadyBoost technology, but also that it is much better than Microsoft's own.

The concept is simple: eboostr allows anyone to use an additional drive (ideally a flash drive) as to improve the amount of faster cache memory available to Windows XP.

According to TCmagazine, the software should allow your OS and applications to start up and hopefully work much faster thanks to a smart caching system.

In addition, eBoostr does not carry the same issues as Readyboost like the limit of one drive or the insistance on ReadyBoost compatible USB drives.

eBoostr claims that it can use up to four devices simultaneously and is less stringent when it comes to the USB drives.

Its lead developer, Ilye, posted one comment on Neowin where it gave more details about the performance increase that one can expect from

With very large flash drives readily available (4GB drives start from £15 - meaning a 16GB virtual disk should cost £60) and with Wireless USB technology set to appear in 2008, eboostr could be a welcomed addition should you want to boost up your computer without ripping it apart.

There's a trial version available on the website should you want to test it with a license costing only £15.