Is the StartMeStick Right for You?

Whether you’re looking to replace your old, slow computer, or save money by breathing a new life into your computer, the StartMeStick, a fast, private, and secure operating system on a stick, is a great solution. You can keep your computer, save money, and reduce waste with the StartMeStick! We’re here to answer all of your questions so you understand what the StartMeStick does, and whether it’s right for you.

What Does the StartMeStick actually do?

Not to be confused with the FixMeStick, the StartMeStick is not a virus removal device. Rather, it’s a fast, private, and secure operating system on a USB that brings your computer back from the dead.

Simply plug it in, and you’ll be brought into the StartMeStick operating system. It will look and feel similar to any operating system you’ve used in the past, but minimal and slimmed down.

In its simplest form, the StartMeStick is a portable operating system that can breathe a new life into an old computer. It is designed to never slow down, break down, or become infected. The StartMeStick can be used by anybody to win against frustrating computer issues. It is like brand new every time you use it.

StartMeStick is a secure, private, and portable ‘computer on a stick’!

Reuse Your Computer

Since Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in January 2020, up to 40% of the world’s PCs have stopped receiving security updates and are no longer safe to use on the Internet according to Microsoft.

If Microsoft or Apple has ended support for your operating system, or, if your system is simply not working like it used to, you can still use your computer.

If you are one of many who still continue to use Windows 7, the StartMeStick is a simple solution if you’re looking to keep using your computer, without having to deal with the stress of online security threats. The computer itself is still in good shape, but is likely in need of a new secure and private operating system!

More Speed For Your Computer Needs

One of the main focuses of the StartMeStick is its speed and reliability. Because the device doesn’t store any data or prior information, each use of the StartMeStick feels brand new, with nothing stopping your computer from running quickly and efficiently.

However, it’s good to keep in mind why it runs faster. Because the StartMeStick resets after each use, it treats each use as a new and fresh session – it doesn’t collect the junk that causes frustrating errors, crashes, freezes, and slowdowns.

Nothing is stored on the StartMeStick, and although this contributes to its high speed, it means that previous applications and files on your computer won’t be readily available, and you can’t save data to the stick so what you’re working on won’t be available upon the next use – unless you use something like Google Drive.

Keep your StartMeStick on a keychain and take it with you while on-the-go.

Can I Access my Computer’s Files From my StartMeStick?

Depending on the type of file system on your drive, you may be able to see (i.e. read-only) the files on your computer. You are able to copy these files to an external drive if you plug it in after you start your StartMeStick.

This means new apps would have to be freshly installed upon each use.

However, the StartMeStick comes with a browser pre-installed so you can easily do anything you want online e.g. social networks, search, email, video, music, games, business apps, Zoom, etc.

If my computer doesn’t work properly, can I still use the StartMeStick on it?

You’re in luck, the StartMeStick is designed to breathe a new life into your old computer, or a device whose operating system is no longer supported and not receiving updates from Microsoft or Apple. As long as you can turn on your computer and it shows some form of life you can use the StartMeStick.

Don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10? Try switching to StartMeStick instead!

Who is the StartMeStick for?

The StartMeStick is great for anyone hoping to breathe a new life into an old computer that is no longer functioning properly. For example, the StartMeStick is perfect for:

  • Anyone looking to save an old computer, that is misbehaving, or stuck on the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death.”
  • A computer that is running slow, or no longer receiving security updates from Microsoft or Apple.
  • When you want to be confident that you’re secure and private online.
  • Holding on to your computer, and reducing e-waste.

With all that in mind, are you ready to try the StartMeStick now? Click here to check it out.

Still want to learn more? Check out our answers to your FAQ’s HERE.

Have more questions? Leave them in the comments below!


  1. Albert Gibbs - Reply

    I use windows 7. Can I do my banking safely, pay my bills on line safely with the start me stick?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Albert, thanks for your interest! And yes, the StartMeStick is designed to give you a secure and private operating system. There’s less chance of you being affected by a virus which can steal your online banking information as the StartMeStick resets itself after each use. If you have more questions, send us a message here and we’ll get back to you.

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Bruno, you can leave your StartMeStick in but depending on your computer you may need to restart the StartMeStick to get back into it.

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      A VPN can provide ‘network privacy’ by hiding your true IP address from the websites you visit, and the websites you visit from your Internet Service Provider. VPN software can provide privacy from harmful entities on the network, e.g. websites that try to reverse engineer your identity via tracking your IP address and similar, and/or ISPs that track what you’re doing online, however, they cannot provide privacy from your browser or other programs on your computer.

      Further, you can add a single-layer VPN to your StartMeStick by choosing a VPN provider that offers a Chromium extension. We’ve arranged a discount for StartMeStick/FixMeStick customers with NordVPN.

      If you install the NordVPN extension in Chrome on your regular host operating system, the extension will be there in Chromium when you run the StartMeStick if you sign in to Chromium to sync.

      If you prefer not to login and sync Chromium, you can manually add the VPN extension to Chromium each time. You have to do it each time because when you shut down the StartMeStick nothing from that session is saved to your computer or to the StartMeStick. That’s what we mean by the StartMeStick goes back to brand new after each use.

      No, the FixMeStick is not compatible with iPads

  2. Lynn Plesetz - Reply

    I have a VPN and McAfee Security suite with Cox internet and never take my computer out of the house. It is always on the Cox VPN. My computer is Windows 7. With the internet security I have do I still need the StartMe Stick or is my computer already secure with the Cox VPN and McAfee. I ran the FixMeStick a couple of weeks after Microsoft stopped their security and nothing was found.

  3. Mario Desormiers - Reply

    Is there an email system included with the Start Me Stick ?
    Or which email system will work under the StatMe Stick ?
    Thank you

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Mario, there are no built-in email apps directly on the StartMeStick. But using its Chromium web browser, you should be able to login to all your email accounts using the web-based email version.

  4. James - Reply

    I have Rogers for the internet but can the StarMeStick re-place Rogers which is going up in cost. If it can not do you know one that can

    Thank You

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi James, good question. Please note that StartMeStick does not replace your internet service provider. It is only a tool that gives you a secure, fast, and private to go online (via wi-fi or ethernet) but you will still need an internet service provider to provide this wi-fi or ethernet connection. If you have further questions please send us an email at

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Ronnie, both FixMeStick and StartMeStick will work if you do not know the password to get into a computer. However, some functions will be limited and neither of them will help you recover your password.

    • - Reply

      Hi Holly,

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      Our products are compatible with Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, so you should be able to run it on your Vista computer no problem!

      – Jonathan

  5. Eric - Reply

    I have the blue screen of death. Should I use the startmestick or fixmestick to try and get access to my harddrive and copy files I need?

    • - Reply

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      In regards to the blue screen of death, your best bet is the StartMeStick. However it’s important to note that while using the StartMeStick, you may be able to see your files, however it depends on the state of your computer’s hard drive.

      If you have any further questions, you can always reach us at

      – Jonathan

    • - Reply

      Hi Joyce,

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      The FixMeStick is a great virus-removal device, however it sounds as though the issue isn’t virus related, but rather hardware related. In this case, I would recommend looking into the StartMeStick to revive your computer!

      You can check out the StartMeStick here!

      – Jonathan

  6. Barry - Reply

    I have an old Toshiba I got in 2000 , will StartMeStick work on any computer or is there a limit how old it can be

    • - Reply

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      Our products are compatible with Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 – we often work on models dating back to 2001, though I’m sure the StartMeStick should be able to work on your 2000s model!

      If you have any further questions, you can always reach us at

      – Jonathan

    • - Reply

      Hi Colleen,

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      The StartMeStick uses a Linux-based operating system, which means you’ll only be able to run programs that are Linux-compatible. From my understanding, unfortunately Quick Books is not Linux-compatible.

      Let me know if you have any further questions!

      – Jonathan

    • Jonathan - Reply

      Hi there,
      In short, yes! The StartMeStick recognizes the SD card and you’ll be able to import photos. However, we recommend importing the photos to an online drive, as the StartMeStick is designed to reset upon each new session, which means the photos you imported won’t be saved the stick itself. Using an online drive to store your data is an effective way of storing your data while using the StartMeStick!

      With that being said, feel free to let us know if you have any other questions.

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