12 Light and Fast PC Operating System For Old PC, Laptop and Tablet

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  1. DeathStar says:

    Why ? Really ,why should some one use Linux when Windows 10 is doing so great job ? It is just windows phobia and Linux mental war . The greatest DDOS attack on cloud Linux servers last week was clear evidence that Linux is not safe. But it is not the end because an 11 years old killer bug was found in Linux . But here it is 26 October Microsoft fireworks that make Linux to vanish .

    1. Devendra says:

      Yes windows 10 is great, Even I use it most of the time. This post has some lightweight operating system.

    2. Livestar says:

      DDOS attack shows an OS isn’t safe? What has DDOS got to do with OS security?
      I would cite the recent vulnerabilities discovered in the kernel, but the thing is – they are patched quickly.

    3. Jon Dough says:

      I manage 4 computers running windows 10. It is beautiful and works good…until the anniversary updates came out and crashed out 3 of them! Average time to fix: A little over 2 hours each. Of course the first one took quite a bit longer, the next two a little less. Several reboots each, down time on each. Now I am awaiting another crash next time there is an upgrade.
      I manage one computer (an older one) running linux. I recently upgraded distributions, about 30 minutes. It ran well, but was even better when I upgraded the video driver. If it does crash the average repair time is around 2 minutes..the time it takes to reboot to the previous kernel. That is why my personal machine runs Linux!

    4. Daksh says:

      I have a computer having less ram to run Windows 10. So I prefer os in this list

      1. Jacques says:

        Yeah… I got windows 10 Anniversary (64 bit) running fast on an old pc that ran XP(32 bit) slow with 2GB ram and a Celeron D 2.8ghz no problems and ran a few basic programs too. Didn’t have to tinker with anything either.

    5. Tony says:

      Note this article is called “12 Light and Fast PC Operating System For Old PC, Laptop and Tablet” not “Operating systems to replace Windows.” Some people may want to run an older PC for kids or tinkering. Or perhaps they can’t spare $100 to buy it and are looking for something that’s free. It’s not “Windows phobia,” It’s called “having appropriate alternatives for various situations.” In my case, I’m giving an old Pentium M laptop to some neighbor kids to tinker with, and I don’t have a spare Windows license laying around.

      1. Sandro says:

        Usually people use pirate windows, so they don’t think about licenses. You are totally right. I landed on this article because i have an old netbook that i want to give to my kid and this helped a lot. By the way, i’m a MacOS user.

    6. badr says:

      Normaly , linux is great because most of people use windows that the primary point, it is not a point of security , why some people use linux , it is just we can do what do you like in open source operating system that the second point.

      But whit this , i still say that windows work great on other points , just when you want a hard work in design and making videos and also gaming windows seem clearly best than linux .

      Finally , it is not a point of security or mental or phobia , it is all about what you need , and what he work great for you.

    7. farhan millat says:

      I use linux for risky business. My laptop runs on windows 10, but sometimes linux comes really handy, like for recovering files, creating some virus proof exfat partitions and a lot of other purposes. Plus, Linux is awesome. It’s so much fun!

    8. mesmoiron says:

      Actually I like tinkering; having experienced the DOS area; I switched to Ubuntu as it has lots of ways to break and mend a system without worrying about license. Nothing is safe and can’t be safe. Sometimes you keep those software around you really like, but hey they don’t get upgraded. The fact that you can install a light weight OS is just fun to do. Not every bell and whistle is worth chasing. I even had the curious experience that even with install DVD’s Windows refused the re-install. At that point I simply switched with a little aha moment because the easy click-able time was left and welcome geeky terminal. So no war on Windows (left that a long time ago), but life has differences and that’s a good thing! It spreads the risk of total lock in or break down. Knowing my way around Linux is spreading the risk.

  2. aj jones says:

    well i use windows also to be exact windows 10. but the reason windows 10 is doing so well its because when you do away with the competition your ratings are sure to go up for sure. i read that most hackers use a linux system when hacking is that true?

    1. Devendra says:

      Regarding your last saying: Yes they do use linux, specifically those Kali linux and Backbox things, because using them one such can perform penetration tests.

    2. Livestar says:

      Most hackers probably use Linux, but I know a lot of Mac guys, and azns use Windows.
      POCs are mostly done on Windows hehe 🙂

  3. Rayhan says:

    i will go to Phoenix OS 🙂

  4. Adam says:

    I wonder if AJ Jones or Deathstar had any luck throwing windows 10 on an old xp computer like the one I am using right now to type this blog (ubuntu live usbdrive)
    I use the linux live discs for any of my shopping or banking online

  5. Vos says:

    Hey good write up. All are pretty killer OS’s. The skewed view of some on the comments are just plain odd. All this is not Competing Legacies, but rather for end user stability and ‘the experience.’ Windows sucks across the board ‘in my opinion.’ I mean it just is ugly, bloated, reminds me of a kids view or built for a rich fat bully in middle school whom tries to throw is fat weight around. Plus it just sucks. Linux is really not much better, and acts like a retarded step child to windows…or at least like a ‘rainman’ type of version. The few OS’s that really blew me away were crunchbang, and busenlabs, but if used on older PC’s browsers freeze or lag horrible. I loved Free Bsd desktop, Solaris, and Scientific linux, and finally Crux.

    Android and phones are ruining society and culture, long live PC’s and whatever jacked OS’s still run them/these relics.

  6. Waqas M. says:

    Elementary OS & Ubuntu Operating System. is perfect Os for your computers and laptops. Elementary operating system is a fast and open replacement if you are using Windows or Mac. Besides it is not very light regarding size but has more flexibility. It is open source and has a dedicated community. and Ubuntu, it’s fast and organized, that’s true. Ubuntu comes preloaded with several apps like GIMP, VLC, Firefox, etc.

  7. vineet singh says:

    my computer systems are not working WiFi, sound and themes not working it shows DLL lost what do I do any suggestions?

    1. Devendra says:

      A clean installation is required. Though, before you do that, jump and test any of these operating system on your computer.

  8. goten says:

    Not a very good selection. Some of these have not been updated for years and are likely no longer supported. A fair share of them actually are fat and slow as a dog compared to the more nimble Windows 10 which Microsoft had put on a much needed weight loss program (and Win10 definitely became better for it!).

    I’m looking for something that is more lightweight than Win10, though, which runs like an old dog on my severely under-powered netbook from the ancient XP-era. I tried a number of these OSes that were recommended but a fair few were either slow (lubuntu, xubuntu, manjaro…), or not play nice with my hardware (puppy, reactos, android, kolibrios, tiny core linux…) Might be time to put this old netbook out to pasture, but I still like having it around to test quirky OSes on; right now it’s dual-booting a boring Win10 and Manjaro, and both are slow.

  9. i have a toshiba low specs laptop with 256 ram. and i have lubuntu 32 bit system and i dvdburn it. but whenever i install the OS it always restart.

    1. Devendra says:

      Try a lightweight linux distro such as Damn small linux or Puppy Linux.

  10. Frederico says:

    This person didn´´t understand the meaning of this article. I myself use Windows 7 Pro and I´m very happy, but I also have old machines, like an AMD 3000+ 64 and the new Microsoft OS doesn´t run so well. So, I need alternatives, and guess what ? It´s good experimenting new things, it´s very good to be on free software like Linux, which is solid, secure, good. No problem with Mac or Windows or Android, I use all of them. Stupid people tends to become blind and go sectary about OS, but in fact, we should use all of them to increase productivity.

  11. badr says:

    most of operating system saying here is not for old machine ?????????????????

    ubuntu 16.04 with unity is a heavy system linux like kde , remix os and phonix os use version 5 on android , so it is not for old machines who run on 1Go RAM and average of 1Ghz Cpu( some old machines have less than i said )
    but puppy and cube seem there work great on live .

    you miss lubuntu 14.04 , and also use of openbox seem great with ubuntu 14.04 , also debian with light WM .
    version over 15.10 seem very heavy.

  12. badr says:

    for some who want just windows , i think windows xp sp3 work great

    we can use a lite version : trust or sweet ,these two modified version xp .

    Most of applications who work in windows 7 , 8 and also 10, work in xp , with sometimes need for some ddl to add in system.

  13. farhan millat says:

    out of these, ive used

    – slax
    – puppy
    – ubuntu
    – damn small

    ubuntu is better of these, but considering practicality, ill vote for puppy. because, easy to boot from a pen drive and get it out of the way once the work is done. excellent built in packages, quick and easy and large app support. I love pupppy.

  14. jack says:

    You forgot the fastest and easiest of all “Linux-Mint”.

  15. Binh Nguyen says:

    I just installed the Phoenix one on USB 3.1 disk. But it it’s really slow and buggy on my Core-i3 system. I guess because of the USB… That’s why I tried to search for more options. And found your great post. Thank you very much!

  16. NOOb says:

    Can you give me information of laptops and chromebooks?

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