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Using a bit of Ram to speed up startup

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Using a bit of Ram to speed up startup


    Hello,
    I had a friend setup win 8 for me on my Lenovo y480 Laptop which has 8 GB RAM. He used 1GB of said RAM to aid in start up and overall performance I think. When I look at my system's info (right click on My Computer and clicking properties) I see 8 GB (6.91 GB RAM usable).
    Does anyone know how he did that?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hi DeathTouch,

    I'm not sure how that could be effectively done; however, the best thing to do is ask your friend directly and then let us all know how to do this. However, just in case you didn't understand him correctly, please give us a screenshot of your Resource Monitor so we can take a peek at the RAM allocation:

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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    I attached my resource monitor once I figured out how to do that
    I'll make sure to ask mt friend when I get the chance about how to do it though I think he would rather keep it a trade secret.
    and thanks a lot
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Guessing that he somehow creates a ramdisk and copies some of the programs he uses on/after boot up into it and runs them from there....but thats just a guess.
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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    He used 1GB of said RAM to aid in start up and overall performance I think.
    From where I sit, I can't see any evidence of a portion of that RAM being used as a startup aid but, then again, I don't know how that could be effectively done either. However, I do see about 1GB as hardware reserved but I'm thinking that has something to do with your graphics arrangement. Good luck in unraveling this mystery.

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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by DeathTouch View Post
    Hello,
    I had a friend setup win 8 for me on my Lenovo y480 Laptop which has 8 GB RAM. He used 1GB of said RAM to aid in start up and overall performance I think. When I look at my system's info (right click on My Computer and clicking properties) I see 8 GB (6.91 GB RAM usable).
    Does anyone know how he did that?
    I don't think there is anything like that that actually works, although there are many that don't. Microsoft has done extensive research and testing of methods of improving performance. If there was something like this that actually worked it would be enabled by default.

    This looks like some kind of RAMDisk which is not generally recommended. A RAMDisk can be useful in some very specific situations but not for general use. It usually impairs overall performance.
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Using a bit of Ram to speed up startup
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