Is your computer still not as fast as you’d like after trying the solutions in “How to Fix a Slow Computer 101” and “How to Fix a Slow Computer 202“? This is the final part of our ‘How to Fix a Slow Computer’ series that can save you a trip to the computer store or a technician!
In this article, we have an easy-to-use solution, that can make any computer fast, secure, and private and bring an old computer back from the dead.
Simply plug in the StartMeStick to breathe a new life into your old computer and do anything you want online. Pull it out and your computer goes back to the way it was. The StartMeStick is like brand new every time you use it.
What are Operating Systems?
For those not very familiar with computers, you might be wondering – what do we mean when we refer to an operating system?
Operating systems are software that makes everything function on your computer. It is the connection between all the computer components, so think of it as a manager that manages everything by making sure each component gets what they need to run smoothly.
Another way to understand the operating system is to think of it as a translator. It is able to translate between the computer’s language (aka binary code), and your commands.
For example, when you want to command your computer to open a file, it is the operating system that will translate your command into binary code so the computer can understand you.
Types of Operating Systems
There are many types of operating systems so we will not go into detail about most of them. The majority of computer users will either have a computer that runs on Apple’s macOS or Microsoft’s Windows OS, with OS being the acronym for operating system.
Within each specific operating system, you can have subcategories or versions. For example, Apple likes to name its most recent macOS versions after locations around the state of California, with the most recent macOS version being Monterey (named after the coastal city).
Microsoft, however, is more predictable with names, numbering them: Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. (FixMeFact: read about why Microsoft did not release a Windows 9.)
If you have Windows 7 (or recently upgraded), you likely know that Microsoft recently stopped support for Windows 7 – meaning it’s no longer a secure OS to browse the Internet with. If you upgraded to Windows 10, then your computer is still running a Windows operating system, but just a newer version of it.
How a Slow Computer May Be Caused by Your Operating System
Today, Windows and macOS are the two dominant operating systems on the market. Besides being user-friendly, the two are also built-in with other useful programs. These built-in programs however could be part of the reason why your computer is slow.
For example, bloatware or special effects on Windows 10 may be running in the background without your knowledge. Tracking programs, put in by Microsoft or Apple, could also be running in the background to track your every move in Windows or macOS and cannot be turned off, which in turn slows your entire computer down.
Which Operating Systems are Fast?
Most computers you purchase from the store come with the operating system pre-installed. But if you’ve ever built your own custom computer, then you’ll know that you can choose an operating system when setting up your computer.
Believe it or not, despite Windows having nearly 87% market share in the operating system world, it is actually not the fastest one out there.
In the technology world, there is a general consensus that the fastest operating system is Linux. In fact, Linux is used on 500 of the world’s Top 500 supercomputers. Some of these Linux-based operating system versions (also called ‘distributions’ in the Linux world) are called Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, and Fedora.
Switching to a Fast Operating System to Speed up Your Computer
If you’ve removed viruses and clutter from your computer and it’s still slow, it may be time to try the StartMeStick!
You no longer have to be limited by the operating system that came pre-installed onto your computer. The great thing about the StartMeStick is you can plug it in and do whatever you want online, then unplug it when you’re done.
Keep in mind that some programs are only compatible with a specific OS. For example, if you use Safari to go on the internet on your macOS computer, then you would not be able to download Safari on the StartMeStick. But lots of browsers, like Chrome, are compatible across multiple operating systems.
Breathe a New Life Into Your Old, Slow Computer
The truth is, most of us don’t want to fuss with installing a new operating system, and we enjoy having the option to go back and forth easily! If you feel the same, then the StartMeStick is perfect for you!
We designed the StartMeStick to breathe a new life into your old, slow computers. It’s portable and can be plugged into any computer (Mac or Windows!) to give you a private, secure, and fast way to do everything you want online.
It uses Linux Debian, so it’s extremely fast and easy! The StartMeStick never slows down because it doesn’t save anything; it doesn’t collect the junk that causes frustrating errors, crashes, freezes, and slowdowns. It is like brand new every time you use it.
The StartMeStick is perfect for:
- Computers that are running into startup errors (like the Blue Screen of Death) or otherwise can’t boot properly
- A computer that is running slow, misbehaving, or no longer receiving security updates from Microsoft or Apple (like Windows 7)
- When you want to be confident that you’re secure and private online
- Restoring old computers and reducing e-waste
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Learn even more about the StartMeStick by checking out our FAQ Page, or by commenting your questions below!