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I remember that back in the "good old days" of MSDOS a RAM disk driver was bundled with the "OS" and by doing some simple settings it was possible to configure it.

Does Microsoft still supply this for Windows (XP,2000,2003)?

The only reference I can find is to commercial software such as http://www.ramdisk.tk

In the corporate environment, the overhead of approval and ordering the software and requesting installation is huge compared to configuration of the OS or something free from Microsoft. So I am looking for an OS or Microsoft solution in preference to a commerical one.

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One is provided with Windows XP, but it's a bit tricky to find:

  • In Control Panel, go to Add Hardware
  • Click next
  • Select Yes, I have already connected the hardware and click next
  • Scroll down to the very bottom and select Add a new hardware device then click next
  • Select Install the hardware that I manually select from a list then click next
  • Select Show all devices then click next
  • Scroll down the Manufacturer list and select Microsoft, not Microsoft Corporation
  • Scroll down the Model list and you'll see Microsoft Ram Disk Controller:

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Except that has no visible effect. It would be good if the answer demonstrated how to configure and use it. –  Synetech Aug 4 '12 at 19:50

As a second suggestion (in case the built-in do not fit your needs): ImDisk

(the Web site have a "years 80's old fashion" look but the software works well...)

ImDisk Web site

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