Eboostr : Can This Utility Boost Your Windows XP Setup?

I have always been very dubious about having to install software in order to improve your computer's performance ever since the days of Magnaram or SpeedyRom (remember those?).

But it doesn't mean that increasing your performance cannot be achieved using software. Step in eBoostr, coded by a team of crack developers from MDO Ltd which is based in Russia and distributed in UK and Western Europe by e/booster Limited.

The application, which claims to work as an alternative solution to ReadyBoost and SuperFetch technologies, both of which are present in Vista, uses flash memory and free RAM as an extra layer of performance-boosting cache for your PC.

eBoostr has a SuperFetch-like solution and makes use of the otherwise wasted free RAM to store frequently accessed files and data. This means that every time you launch an application, it should in theory load much faster because of the preloaded data in RAM.

Interestingly, you can add up to four Flash drives to speed up your computer system without having to crack open your computer or laptop. Some of our readers might disagree about the very necessity of buying something like eBoostr.

After all, the price of memory is at an all time low with laptop memory modules, which used to carry a considerable premium, almost on parity with desktop memory modules. The hardware landscape is therefore significantly different from when eBoostr was initially launched back in September 2007, nearly two years ago.

Others might say that Windows 7 will make this and others obsolete (just like the demise of DOS made virtual memory managers a thing of the past). But there is definitely an audience for eBoostr, for example users of Windows XP who do not want to open their computers or who can no longer upgrade their computers.

This could also include a new generation of computers, the uber cheap netbooks which have taken the world by storm and sold several million copies. Most of them come with Windows XP and a significant proportion have soldered in memory modules which makes upgrading problematic.

That said, nothing prevents you from trying the software by downloading it here (the latest installation is 3.0.1 build 498 and was released on the 23rd of May). The product can be downloaded and used free of charge for up to 4 hours at a time after which a reboot is necessary.

You will need at least a USB 2.0 port and the recommended cache size is 1GB but is not dependent on the amount of RAM. There is no difference in speed between FAT32, exFAT or NTFS formatted drives.

Find out more about Eboostr here and read other reviews at Lockergnome, Betanews and Lifehacker. Note that most of the reviews were mostly carried out on old versions of eBoostr.

You can purchase the Lite version of eBoostr for as little as £13 (Limited to single USB thumb drive. Does not contain cache viewer and exclude list functionality), while the Pro version costs £25.

They also have a best bundle version available here. You can buy a 2GB SD Card from Play.com for as little as £4.49 including free delivery.