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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) available on the website should you want to test it with a license costing only £15.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.