boost ready Vista

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I upgraded my primary work PC to Vista (RC2).


  • My upgrade from XP failed twice before I uninstalled enough stuff to get it working. I believe the culprit was Virtual PC, but I can’t confirm this.
  • I really really didn’t want to have to reformat, but I was going down that road, fortunately I didn’t have to (this time). Here’s where syncronization tools can really help. 1) Foldershare 2) Google Browser Sync 3) Exchange/Outlook
  • SocksCap is an effective workaround on Vista for Winsock Proxy Client or Windows Firewall Client.
  • My attempt to keep the upgrade on the DL are being thwarted by the giant non-customizable (that I know of) Vista welcome screen.
  • The nVidia “pro-workstation” Quadra 550 video card actually sucks. I get a 2.6 rating and Aero performance is not very good. I’m leaving it on though because I’m stubborn like that.
  • Ad Muncher is having problems with the proxy client, so I switched to FireFox specific AdBlock Plus + Adblock Filterset.G Updater
  • I bought a SanDisk Cruzer Titanium 2.0 GB flash drive to be able to run ReadyBoost. I’ve struggled with this all day today. Everything works when I enable it, but about 45 seconds after the cache file is created it disappears. I’ve messed and tinkerered, formatted and reset fifty times, and now it seems to be working — touch wood as they say. Since not all USB memory is created equally, be sure to check the compatiblility chart here first: Also, if you are so inclined, there’s a great ReadyBoost FAQ here: 
  • Oh, and I am loving ReadyBoost now that I have it working. I can absolutely tell the difference, especially since my HDD is quite loud on access and I can hear the huge reduction in drive reads/writes when programs load.


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  1. Okay, for the record, my problem was with a bad Sandisk part. I took it back to the store and got another one and I’m up and running 100% now.

    According to regedt32, HKLM\software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\EMDMgmt the bad one was a U3_Titanium Rev 2.18. I was only getting WriteSpeedKBs of 2651 or thereabouts. The one I returned it for is a revision 2.16 and the WriteSpeedKBs is up to 6972.

    If you too have a problem with a Sandisk Titanium 2 Gig flash drive, check regedit, and make sure you are getting write speeds of near 6972. If not, send it back and get another one.

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