Besides switching to Windows 64bit (or Linux 64bit) what is the best strategy to make the most of my 1GB PAE ramdisk (on a Laptop with a slow harddrive)?
Here http://windows7themes.net/how-to-use-4gb-ram-in-windows-7-32bit.html I learned how I can enable a PAE ramdisk on my 4GB system so that I can make some use of the 4th gigabyte (shame on Mircosoft for disabling this in win32 for licensing reasons).
I see these options: Pagefile on ramdisk (current status, works fine so far), Readyboost on ramdisk (not tried yet), Temp files on ramdisk (currently firefox temps, system temps are said to cause installation trouble)
edit 2012-02-16: from the tips below the best solution seems to be:
* Pagefile on ramdisk
* Temp files on ramdisk that are not necessary for installation (firefox temp)
* flush ramdisk on shutdown (see registry tip below)