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One free step to make an aging computer run like new

One free step to make an aging computer run like new
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You know the frustration of a computer that keeps getting slower and slower every year. There are ways you can keep the speed up on an old computer, but eventually the hardware is going to get too outdated to run the latest software you need.

In the past, that's the point where you'd just go buy a new computer; I've talked before about how to know you've reached that point. However, it's now become easier to give your old computer a second lease on life, or turn it into a usable computer for a friend or relative. All you need is one simple thing.

I'm talking about the operating system. And, I don't just mean that you should upgrade to Windows 10. While Windows 10 does run a lot better than past versions of Windows on low-powered hardware, it doesn't play nicely with your old hardware. To avoid this problem, you'll need to update to an operating system that isn't Windows.

Many people like using Linux for this purpose. Linux is a free, secure operating system that comes in a lot of versions, from full Windows replacements to tiny versions that can run a $35 Raspberry Pi computer. Linux Mint running the MATE desktop and elementary OS are two consumer-friendly options you can check out that work well on older hardware.

While these are powerful Windows replacements, there is a simpler option. Over the last few years, you've probably heard about Chromebooks. These are sub-$250 laptops that run Google's Chrome OS, which is an operating system version of Google's popular Chrome browser.

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