While Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 (fall creators version) as an update, Some moving to expensive machines (lightweight laptops)and Instagram models are posing with scary cat. It is your old Computer needs to breathe in the open and fresh air. Here are some of the fastest operating system for old PC, you can install on your computer to make it young again. In order to make your OLD PC useful again, we have put together this list of 18 Fast operating system. If your computer is having problems or lags while using Windows operating systems, you’ll discover some fast and lightweight OS in this article.
There is another post where we discussed best alternative operating systems, Which are not specifically for old PC’s, Do you know other Alternative operating systems that you can install on your computer? Let’s dive into the best lightweight OS.
- 12 Top Linux OS Distributions For PC: Fast and Lightweight
- 15 Alternative Operating Systems For Your Computer
- Android OS for PC & Install Android Operating System on Computer
- 10 Best Lightweight Operating Systems
The majority of these Computer Operating System can be stacked to a USB stick and keep running from it instead of installing on your hard disk. As well as some of them have options to install on hard disk. Make sure all the hardware drivers are available for the operating system before you try on your hard disk. It includes burning tool and other required things according to according.
Content in the article
- Alternative and Fast operating systems for PC.
- Android-Based Operating System for PC.
- Linux based operating system
- Here comes the Lite and Fast Operating Systems.
Alternative and Fast operating systems for PC.
Let’s begun the countdown of operating system you can use and replace the typical Microsoft Windows and Apple’s Mac. First, we’ll talk about Android operating systems because there is a potential increase of users who like to run Android on a computer and later lightweight operating system for your computer.
Android-Based Operating System for PC.
We’ve reviewed most of the Android OS for PC that anyone can install on your computer and do everything that was only possible on a real android phone.
(Run Android x86 build on a computer) An open source project to port Android to X86 Machines. Yes! It runs fast and works on both 32 and 64-bit machines. The stable version is 7 (rc2) that is Nougat (Also, developers working on Oreo x86 and x86_64 port) But you may not want to use this for daily purpose, consider Remix OS and Phoenix OS, the same project powers both. If you use Android+ x86 build, you won’t get as many features like Start menu and taskbar, but a full functional typical Android experience. Technically this is a pure Android on your PC as an operating system.
1. Remix OS (Android OS)
Remix OS 3.0 For PC made a huge impact on the internet. People went crazy about it, they all want to grab and install on their PC’s. It is a perfect combination of Android + Windows UI. You’ll Get powerful File Explorer (can browse HDD), Start menu, taskbar, notification bar and much more. The recent version is much stable and comes with built-in drivers, so you don’t have slow video performance, etc. Read more.
However, Jide discontinued the project, you can still get the software image from the site but don’t expect further updates. The last version of remix os runs on Android marshmallow, and it’s sad that we’re (probably) not going to see it running on nougat, forgot Oreo.
- Remix OS 32-bit / 64-bit
- Guide to Install Remix OS on hard disk makes it easier to load the OS quickly and without the need for USB anymore.
Based on the Android x86 project brings you more features. The Remix OS supports CPU with 32-bit and 64-bit compatibility.
1.1. Phoenix OS
Phoenix OS recently released the source as a petition was made.
Alternative to Remix OS, It works on 32-Bit Machines and has features like Remix OS. It was released just after Remix OS. Before Remix OS released the 32-bit version, people opted for Phoenix OS for its ability to run on 32-bit machines. However now Remix OS also released 32-bit variants.
The new installer version can save you work. Phoenix OS is a fast operating system for old PC’s and even runs on Intel Dual Core Cpu’s.
Phoenix OS also offer minimal power options and works as an alternative to Windows operating system. While there was some Chinese bloatware that I was unable to uninstall, as they appear immediately after uninstalling them.
Linux based operating system
2. Cub Linux Operating system
Discontinued GitHub project Cub Linux.
CubLinux is based on Linux and can be installed on a USB as persistence so that changes will be saved. Read more about Chromium OS for computers. I’m currently using it as a second operating system on my notebook, and like real Chromebooks, all you need is an internet connection through Wifi or LAN, and you’re good to go. However, this project is discontinued, but you can still download and use it from this link. Cub Linux is without hesitation a recommended operating system from Quickfever even when the project is discontinued. You can still use their GitHub page to download ISO file.
3. Ubuntu Operating System.
That’s right! Nothing can beat Ubuntu, and it’s fast and organized, that’s true. Ubuntu comes pre-loaded with several apps like GIMP, VLC, Firefox, etc. The latest version of Ubuntu is 16.04 which requires at least 2GB’s of RAM. However, you can download older Ubuntu version if your computer has lower RAM. We’ve also reviewed 5 other best ubuntu based linux distros you can install, as it’s linux based and is one of the most popular operating systems, but there are other alternatives also as well. You need basic knowledge of installing an operating system on your computer.
It’s the official project and is a lightweight OS for those seeking a lighter Ubuntu alternative. It is an Ubuntu derivative that uses fewer resources and is energy efficient. All those keynote features make it a lightweight operating system, but please be aware, the lightweight term isn’t appropriate here. But it is more light if we compare it to the official Ubuntu and energy and resources demand. For sure, there are many other ultra lightweight and fast Linux distributions, like DSL, but those are not Ubuntu derivatives or based on it. It used LXDE desktop environment. Requirement: around two gigs of RAM.
4. Elementary OS
The 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. Elementary OS is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit version. For example, if you are downloading the 64-bit version it is about 1.1GB.
The download page opens with an option to pay before you download, but just you can enter a value as ‘0’ to download the operating system without pay anything. (but if you like the efforts and the os, support them by paying some bucks.)
Zorin OS is one of the few Linux distros that I actually liked, It reminds and maybe the combination of the appearance of Windows 10 and Windows 7, but even better. You might have a rough time while installing graphics drivers as per your computer hardware, but there are tutorials about them.
Despite, you’ll get such a nice user interface, where most of the settings and functions are one or two clicks away. Such as the start menu contains the shortcut to Settings, software and power options. Sound like Windows 7, hell yeah. Overall the interface is decent and more of modern design. It comes with some apps like Chromium browser, Wine to play Windows apps, office, utilities and some games built-in.
Material Design Operating System and was previously listed at #4 on this list. The Papyros looks very identical to Chrome OS, so you can try any unofficial Chrome operating system. This Operating system is hard to install, and you need to go to their official website and needs to follow instructions — there is no ISO or any installer available at this point of the time. You’ll need Archlinux to test this. I suggest you skip to the next operating System.
Papyros OS – official material operating system website.
Here comes the Lite and Fast Operating Systems.
These are the lightweight Operating systems able to run on likely on any PC, even with 126 MB* ram. (please check minimum recommendation of any operating system before using.) Below listed operating system are exceptionally fast and much easier to install temporally via a USB. Most of these lightweight operating system is linux distros.
5. Slax – can run on 256 MB Ram machines.
Slax Minimum Requirement: i486 or newer CPU, Intel / AMD processors with 256 MB RAM
Slax is one of the lightweight operating systems that can boot directly from external media, and there is such no requirement to install it on your hard drive. As you might have known it is based on the Linux so that it occupies fewer resources. However, it a little distribution based on Linux but you can basically do anything like installing chat messaging programs like Pidgin or uGet download manager.
Slax is available for both 32bit and 64bit processor architectures. The 32-bit version is designed to perform exceptionally better on older PC’s (such as Intel 486, if you go back to 1989). It will run legitimately on fresh out of the plastic new PCs as well. However, it is restricted in the measure of RAM it can see and constrained to 3GB of RAM most extreme. The 64-bit adaptation has no such points of confinement, yet won’t keep running on PCs more seasoned than a couple of years. On the off chance that you plan to utilize Slax on a hoary PC, or you look for a framework with most extreme conceivable similarity, then pick 32bit. If your aim is to utilize Slax on a fresh out of the box new machine, you’d better go for 64bit.
Minimum Requirement: i486 or newer CPU, Intel / AMD processors with 64 MB RAM
Damn Small Linux is a highly flexible operating system that is around 60MB (installer) which is smaller than most used Linux appropriation. DSL has an about complete desktop and a little center of order line devices. The total of what applications have been decided for the best adjust to usefulness, size, and rate. It can also help you deal with SSH/FTP servers.
You can use DSL right from an installation media like USB drive and keep running it from it, and there is such no need to install it on the hard drive. It can run entirely in RAM with as little as 128MB and sufficiently light to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram.
7. Puppy Linux
Minimum requirement: Old intel CPU along with some RAM.
Puppy Linux is another super lightweight that is designed to run on even low-end computers. If you need to make its bootable USB, it roughly cost around 100MB of space, and also the installer ISO file size is about 104MB. All you have to install it on DVD, after that you can temporarily boot from the DVD. After it’s booted, you can create a bootable USB drive from the menu which is located under Menu > Create Bootable USB. So Puppy Linux is fundamentally an effort to make your old PC usable again.
The new 6.x version image file is around 200MB and available in 32 and 64-bit. recently in curiosity, we tasted to see how this is different from the last time we used it when we wrote this article back in December 2015.
Minimum Requirement: Pentium II or newer CPU with 128 MB RAM
NimbleX is a small yet flexible working framework which has the capacity boot from CD, USB or network environment and even from the hard drive itself. Since it runs altogether from a CD, USB or system, it doesn’t need to be installed on the computer. Thus, you don’t need a Hard drive.
In NimbleX, you can browse the web with Firefox, chat with your friends using the Kopete multi-protocol IM application, download torrents with Transmission, use DC++, connect remotely to other computers and much more.
GeeXboX is a free lightweight, and Open Source Media-Center purposed Linux distribution for embedded devices and desktop computers. GeeXboX is not an application, it’s a full-featured OS, that one can boot as a Live-CD, from a USB key, an SD/MMC card or install on its regular HDD.
GeeXboX provides you a ready-to-be-used, plug-and-play Media Center application that can play any multimedia content. It has been designed to be fully controllable through either keyboard, mouse or a remote controller and does not require any particular computer-related skills. It features the state of the art technologies as to provide you with the best multimedia experience to take the most out of your hardware.
Requirments: NA. Discontinued in 2010.
Ubuntu Netbook Edition is great, but a lot of things don’t work out of the box MP3s, for example, can’t be played until you install the codecs. EasyPeasy aims to be simple by offering proprietary applications and codecs out of the box.
EasyPeasy is designed for the cloud. It is configured with Wifi and wireless drivers that enable you to connect your netbook quickly to the Internet and enjoy web applications straight from the desktop. EasyPeasy is optimized for low power consumption and was from the early start developed with good battery performance and mobility in mind.
Discontinued on April 2016
The operating system is now discontinued. Fortunately, you can still download the all the version of Jolicloud from the Internet. Since it is based on Linux, it should be a fine replacement for computer’s located at home and school. It also supports Chromium-based application, basically web-based applications and the counties around 1500. I don’t know, but before they discontinued this Linux distribution, it automatically updates installed packages.
Requirement: Pentium 200 or better, 96MB RAM.
The ISO file of VectorLinux v7 (600+MB) is not smaller like Puppy Linux, but it runs very well on a computer with just 64MB, the standard version supports Pentium 200 or newer. Despite, there are more ultra lightweight os such as DSL and Puppy linux, but according to me you might not feel very comfortable to use them for a long time, but you can do all sort of things with VectorLinux
Requirement: only 500 MB hard disk space and around 100MB RAM.
It is also able to run Windows application but limited. Well, it works fine on 32-bit machines, but if you’re looking for a 64-bit variant, you’ll have to dig deeper. But I could not install this operating system on my 64-bit computer.
14. Linux Lite OS
Requirements: CPU: 700MHz processor, RAM: 512mb ram, 1024×768 resolution.
As the name goes, Linus Lite is a streamlined Linux operating system. It’s overall a nice operating system comes along with popular apps such as for viewing videos there is VLC, Mozilla Firefox for browsing and LibreOffice for dealing with documents. You can download it for both 32-bit and 64-bit from the site and the size of image file is between 900MB – 1GB, which isn’t smaller when you compare it to other lightweight OS listed on this page.
15. Pixel OS
Requirments: i386 architecture, 512 MB RAM, Only 32-bit.
In past to run Pixel OS, A Raspberry Pi is required which itself is a cheap machine. Last year (Last 2016) Pixel OS is released for x86 devices. All you have to download the image file, make a Bootable USB and boot straight into Pixel OS.
There is an uncountable number of the operating systems, and we have a separate post where we added some other top and reliable operating system’s to supercharge your computer. You might want to buy a new thin and lightweight laptops.
Now you know your PC can run other Operating system and will work faster compared to Windows or Mac OSX. Give any of these mentioned OS a try to make use of your old PC. The fast operating system can be a cure for your old PC if you want to relive your aged computer. Always keep an eye on our operating system category for more news.
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