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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.

      1. quicksilver says:

        It is just sad to read a comment of a person without basic education on IT Security.
        Working for years on CyberSecurity, it is fun to read that a system based on Linux it is not safe because of a DDOS attack! Do you know what a DDOS is?Do you know what a loadbalancer is? You have a looooot to read to avoid writing bs.

        1. Aziz El says:

          nice to help people understand more, but no excuse to attack them about there knowledge or because they says something your are not agreed with! be a teacher without judging people, also no need to ends your comment with bs! for what? 🙂

          1. ORIONIS says:

            @AZIZ EL, why attack @QUICKSILVER and not @DEATHSTAR?

    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.

      1. Salin says:

        You are partially correct, a DDOS attack aka DOS or Denial of Service attack merely crashes the system, MAC, Android, iOS, WINDOWS, and Linux are vulnerable.
        Any System not folllowing the Stand alone principal can be hacked, Windows is easily attacked using JS, BATCH, PowerShell. Linux HeartBleed Stuxnet…, Mac Anything. Their is no such thing as a ‘INHACKABLE’ OS, but you can pick Linux, the LEAST vulnerable of the bunch, also the easiest to protect (which is why NO ONE makes any ANTI-VIRUS software). the most ideal solution is TO PAY ATTENTION to what you do.

    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.

    9. Mandrew1444 says:

      And you think windows is safe. There are more ACTIVE exploits/viruses/malware/etc in windows right now than there have ever been in Linux(Maybe not all time but you get what I mean.). I use Linux because it is much more secure. I can’t remember the exact figure but 90% of servers run Linux yet they never really get hacked. Besides DDOS is a Distributed Denial Of Service attack. What that means is a group of people got their computers running DOS attacks on a single server. This makes it where the server gets so many requests at one time it cannot keep up therefor denying service to others trying to access that server. So that means it could have easily been a windows server they were attacking and would have the same result. I use both windows and Linux(although Linux is my primary) and the only difference is I don’t have to install antivirus in Linux if I don’t feel the need. In windows however if I connect to the internet without antivirus I get a virus. Most viruses are made windows anyway. That exploit found in Linux gets a lot of bad rap for Linux but windows has many more exploits than that. There is antivirus for Linux and its free and doesn’t bother you to upgrade every time you turn the pc on like the free ones in windows. Plus Linux is FREE and you basically OWN the operating system you download. You can edit it at the most basic level. In windows you pay upwards of 100 dollars and it is LICENSED to you(you don’t own it and can’t edit it legally) which unless you are wanting to edit it is not really a problem.

    10. Eric says:

      @DEATHSTAR .. with all of my respect .. you have no idea what you’re talking about. Windows is great, but it applies only to Win XP and Win 7. Windows 10 can be described as a piece of garbage .. hope you don’t mind .. unfinished and still not fully functional MS’s Sacred Cow.
      Personally I have had all of them installed on different laptops and PCs, but nothing can beat Peppermint OS, imho, when it comes to look, performance and reliability. It looks great, works great connecting modern cloud computing opportunities with a best desktop experience. But the most important thing – it’s really really fast!
      May I point out that this article doesn’t have an aim to start a flaming war between Linux, Mac and Windows users. It has something for everyone. Just narrow-minded people won’t see or don’t want to see its educational pont.
      Thanks OP!

    11. Rui Carneiro says:

      This is only if you have an old PC on a box in your house that you want to use but windows 10 or even XP is really heavy for him 😉

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. jack says:

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

  14. 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!

  15. NOOb says:

    Can you give me information of laptops and chromebooks?

  16. MAHEDI ALI says:


    1. Devendra says:

      May I know what’s your system architecture? Only after I can be able to suggest.

  17. MAHEDI ALI says:

    sorry it is 8gb of space i selected.

  18. MAHEDI ALI says:


  19. mazharoddin says:

    I think right place for Vector Linux should be before or after Puppy Linux, though its not small as puppy it runs on most of the systems and most importantly its stable and usable.

    Puppy and DSL are good, but we can’t use them for long time, but with Vector Linux we should be able to perform almost all tasks with out any issue.

  20. Siddharth says:

    Thanks for this post. I am creating a music studio & i was facing difficulty as to whether i should purchase a new computer or replace the OS in my old comp. So, now i will replace the OS in my old computer.

    1. Mateo Milano says:

      @SIDDHARTH //

      Dear seeker, accordingly to your music studio project,and even if this following distro is not a “lightweight version”, I’d therefore, advice you to try out: KXstudio which includes an amazing set of apps mainly for music and sounds, as well for videos, graphics, anyway all about multimedia production, but one more time, Musics and Sounds engines are the way is it!

      You can on the very beginning: Live version, or direct install.

      TIPS: My after used would recommend to install KXStudio on a Hard Drive, and so, since works files as you know will take a lot of place (e.g.: au/aup, HD video, ac3, h2xx, gimp files, …)

      Advice: if you could go for an SSD for works treatment and simple SATA even 5400 rpm for stockage would be great.

      Of course, I do not know how heavy is your wallet dude 😉


      Distrowatch link: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=KXStudio

      Offcial Website: http://kxstudio.linuxaudio.org/

      Good luck,
      Best regards

  21. Michel says:

    Thanks for the article. PeppermintOS would be a nice addition to the list. In my experience it’s a bit more stable than Ubuntu (eventhough it’s Ubuntu on a diet).
    You can get it here: https://peppermintos.com
    The only hassle with linux based OS’s in my opinion is using Canon printers. Somehow it’s not very compatible. Basic use (printing) works fine, but if you’re printer has special features like direct cd printing the nightmare begins, but that’s of topic.
    Thanks again for your article.

  22. Todor says:

    Update post.
    Some of these distros are dormant and they do not exist anymore.

    1. Devendra says:

      Yes cub Linux and android project remix has been discontinued and few more also seems to be outdated.

  23. lelaregalado61 says:

    Thanks for finally talking about OS for Old Laptops <Loved it!

  24. Bhawna Kaushik says:

    Hey there great article.

    What are you thoughts about the Lubuntu ?
    I have 4GB and i3 processor. would it work on that?

    1. Devendra says:

      Lubuntu will work well on your machine.

  25. 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.

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