Is Xtra PC a Scam? Review of the Flash Drive Stick

Xtra-PC located at www.xtra-pc.com is a flash drive stick with a lightweight distribution or distro version of the Linux operating system on it that you insert into an available USB port on your PC. You then tell your computer to boot from it instead of Microsoft Windows. So, is Xtra-PC is a scam?

Is Xtra PC a Scam? Review of the Flash Drive Stick

Is Xtra PC a Scam?

No, Xtra-PC is not a scam, but I don't like the misleading way it's being promoted as a fix for slow or old computers. The version of Linux being used by Xtra-PC is lightweight and will run faster on your old PCs for persons who just need to browse the internet and do other simple tasks. But, Xtra-PC may not work or work correctly with your printers and other devices connected to your PC. And, you will not be able to use Microsoft Office, play PC games and use other software that are not available for the lightweight version of the Linux distro being used by Xtra-PC.

Also, if you are a little tech savvy or know someone who is, you can or ask that person to create your own bootable Linux Distro flash drive like Xtra-PC. All you need to do it just buy a USB and install any free lightweight Linux Distribution OS using a bootable program.

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  • June 24, 2021 at 6:28 AM by an anonymous user from: King, Seattle, Washington, United States

    It's very helpful but I add something about Xtra-Pc. Xtra-Pc is a small but most powerful flash drive that is used to boost up the computer speed. It comes with an operating system called the Linux OS, which helps the PC to fasten up.

  • February 18, 2021 at 10:43 AM by an anonymous user from: Arapahoe, Greenwood Village, Colorado, United States

    Re:The Xtra PC Pro. It is supposed to be able to recover lost files on a computer that has crashed. Presumably it would be from a damaged hard drive. Does it work for that?

  • February 18, 2021 at 2:11 AM by an anonymous user from: Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

    I bought the xtra pc..it did let me fire up my computer but it I can only use it on the limited Linux programs on the stick..probably lying, not worth the money I paid for it

  • February 12, 2021 at 9:24 AM by an anonymous user from: Los Angeles, California, United States

    Worthwhile for those who arenโ€™t computer savvy, really easy to install and use.

    Otherwise, if you have a modicum of how use the Linux OS, there are far cheaper methods to install Linux.

  • February 6, 2021 at 2:42 PM by an anonymous user from: Erie, Buffalo, New York, United States

    Extra PC...WHAT A SCAM! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I FELL FOR THIS. DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. CANNOT GET IT TO EVEN APPEAR ON MY SCREEN. CUSTOMER SERVICE? YOU GET SENT TO A SITE YHAT IS NOT AVAILABLE THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE IN JAIL!

  • January 31, 2021 at 4:18 PM by an anonymous user from: Downtown Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    Well I bought one of these extra PC pro and first time I used it here and all it kept saying is extra PC has stopped working is a problem with it so what do I do with it if it doesn't work will they give me my money back I think this is just a scam because unless the unless the give you another one that does work I don't know but this one the shur doesn't I have tried at least five times and I mean the computer works and everything but I want to but it's only got Windows 7 on it

  • September 10, 2020 at 7:25 PM by an anonymous user from: United States

    I bought a xtra-PC 32Mb. Too late I realized as stated it is Linux on a USB stick. But my problem was having received the USB stick - the computer I really bought it to use on I then found refused to let me boot from a USB stick. Do not know why I changed the boot priority in BIOS etc. I did this on another functioning PC the USB stick worked successfully - following the instructions supplied, the USB stick sent booted up - to renamed Lubuntu system.

    So my point is although to product sold to me worked in the end - they glossed over the hard task of sometimes getting into the BIOS to reset your computer to boot from USB. They also failed to tell you how the update the software once up and running - updates do not seem to happen automatically. By the way, I have so far been unable to create for myself a bootable Linux USB start up stick, despite trying to follow instructions on internet, so to me that is not as eaay as some make out.

  • September 10, 2020 at 5:29 AM by an anonymous user from: Beijing, China

    You probably should not get Xtra Pc. Why? well quite simple. But first will go into detail. The Program uses less calculations than windows and apple OS'. This makes things work faster, but does not "magically" make your PC "faster". it is a faster OS yes, computer, no.

    The reason Windows and Apple are used so much is because of how good they are. They put HOURS of time programing and researching to make their OS'. They built them to reach almost all standards and built them like a concrete house. Xtra PC on the other hand probably just found a neat Linux (a lot are free) added some stuff, put it on a cheap USB stick, and sell it for maybe 20-25 dollar profit. (even more on what you choose). They are not a leading tech company that put Millions in their OS. But a company that bought a cheap Linux put a neat background and wants a quick some of cash.

    Whilst it works, it is not a permanent solution. It is like having a broken car engine, but then only repairing the necessary parts. It works but it will only lead to bigger problems with bigger costs. (not to forget the inconvenience) Whilst it can be costly, putting in the time and money ONCE saves more than if you quick fix it.

    spend the 500-1000 dollars to get a GOOD computer, and you wont have to worry about your computer breaking down or not running certain programs. a five year old laptop is a 5 year old laptop with or without the "fancy" OS. get a new one, put research into it (a lot of great deals out there) and rest easy because you don't need to worry If your computer is going to break tomorrow, or if the new game you got is going to run.

  • August 25, 2020 at 9:30 PM by an anonymous user from: Markham, Ontario, Canada

    I just received today my Xtra-32G and perfectly working! :)

    Need not to buy new laptop anymore!

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  • August 7, 2020 at 8:39 AM by an anonymous user from: Reading, England, United Kingdom

    this peace of kit is a complete waste of time I got the 64gb one and it will not work do not by one its a waste of money I tried for days to get it to work with no joy.

    DO NOT BY IT...typical rubbish from the US...

    • August 8, 2020 at 3:42 PM by an anonymous user from: Oakhurst, California, United States

      I also purchased the 64 gb device and tried to use it on my older Dell Laptop (circa 2012) I couldnโ€™t boot up my laptop and decided to return the device. I contacted return dept online and was notified I should expect s return receipt mailing label that was required for my return. Iโ€™ve been waiting 3 weeks and still no label in my post!

      Thereโ€™s a limited time to return item and receive a refund for it! Iโ€™m furious and decided to contact our consumer protection people to file a complaint!

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  • July 20, 2020 at 4:58 AM by an anonymous user from: Clapham, England, United Kingdom

    I thought about buying this product but after reading the reviews, thanks guys, I bought a new Asus machine.

  • July 13, 2020 at 7:56 PM by an anonymous user from: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

    SCAM SCAM SCAM! Buyer Be Ware! I received the 32 GB Xtra-PC usb product. I spent two days TRYING to install it into my computer. NO matter what I tried or did, it would NOT work. I even went on the internet looking for instructions to assist me. NOTHING that I found helped me. I wrote several emails to the support people for this product. I even asked for a TECH REP phone number so I could call them but I NEVER got a response from them. I have since RETURNED their item back to them! DO NOT BUY!

  • July 13, 2020 at 5:50 PM by an anonymous user from: Inola, Oklahoma, United States

    I fell for the "fast boot-up" USB device. It failed to work either way as advertised. I e-mailed "Xtra-PC" but received no response, so I contacted the "Better Business Bureau" and I immediately received correspondence from them saying, "we will refund your money" and they did, saying they had sold thousands of their devices and mine was the first complaint. They did not want me to return them, just "dispose of them."

    I was not aware that it was a Lenix operating system. Maybe that is why it failed to work?

    J.C. of Arkansas

  • July 11, 2020 at 10:02 PM by an anonymous user from: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

    I received the Xtra-PC 32 GB drive today in the mail. I spent countless hours trying to install this drive into my computer. NO matter what I did or what instruction that I tried to follow still would NOT make this item work. PLEASE beware of what you buy!

  • July 7, 2020 at 3:45 AM by an anonymous user from: Ivybridge, England, United Kingdom

    I ordered and paid for this item on the 8th May 2020 and I am still awaiting delivery of it. I've tried to contact the company and all I've received is a short reply telling me that someone will contact me, but they never have.

    The reference No. that they issued me with was GU-9246613-XPC, so if the Company is reading this, you have my details, so either deliver the goods, or refund my money.

    How could I possibly recommend this Company when I am still awaiting the goods almost 2 months after I ordered and paid for them.

    David R...

  • June 29, 2020 at 7:43 PM by an anonymous user from: Streatham, England, United Kingdom

    It's a scam, It's a scam

  • June 28, 2020 at 4:24 PM by an anonymous user from: Georgetown, Ontario, Canada

    paid for PC-XTRA never got it, thats stealing isnt it

  • June 23, 2020 at 12:08 AM by an anonymous user from: Waco, Texas, United States

    Why could not I find these comments back in April 2020.

    "Buyers Beware",

    I just lost money on this Xtra-pc 2.0. I purchased two (2) units, (1) 16GB, and a 64GB. I GAVE THE SMALLER TO MY SON-LAW WHO WAS wise enough not to use it. Fortunately he works with computers daily on his job and I just wanted to give him a birthday gift to recover one of his old pc's. After reading today many of the reviews (which I did not see before I purchased) I am so glad I did not plug the 64GB into my slow HP pavilion PC. I am going to call my son right away! This would have been a great disaster and a bad costly experience. Thank God I only lost the cost of (my birthday gift) the 2-pin drives. I will look for another way to restore the speed to my drives (put it in the shop and let a professional fix it). It is sad there are so many "Scam artist & rip-off's" like this Xtra-PC group who do not represent the best interest of trusting good hard working individuals. And they are allowed to keep-on selling daily to others; Well with all the illness in the world today, and hardships, what goes around, will by and by come around. One day soon someone will shut them down, and put them out of business.

    Grateful in Texas

  • June 19, 2020 at 11:38 AM by an anonymous user from: Highland, New York, United States

    will it work in an apple?

    • June 19, 2020 at 12:56 PM by info

      It should work on Apple. Google how to install Linux on an Apple computer.

  • June 14, 2020 at 3:48 AM by an anonymous user from: United Kingdom

    Don't buy this unless you're a m***n. Linux is free-don't pay for it.

    You won't be able to run Microsoft Office with Linux, but why would you want to? Libre Office (which you can also run on Windows or on Apple computers) is comparable to Office, except that it's free.

    By all means, get rid of Windows and stop using MS Office-Bill Gates has enough money; why give him yours? But don't buy this product; read up on how to install Linux yourself.

  • June 13, 2020 at 8:10 PM by an anonymous user from: United States

    Does this mean I cant play PC games off java?

    • June 13, 2020 at 10:01 PM by info

      Most intense graphic PC games require DirectX, which is not available on Linux.

  • June 13, 2020 at 12:19 PM by an anonymous user from: Huntsville, Alabama, United States

    Is it true, if I use this device, I will not be able to connect with certain Microsoft programs?

    • June 13, 2020 at 12:44 PM by info

      Yes, because it is a different operating system.

  • June 5, 2020 at 9:37 PM by an anonymous user from: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

    Didn't work, the results were horrible. Unable to connect them, there is no address to send an email or write them. When they don't give you an address there is something wrong. We need to contact my credit card company to see if there are reports on this company

  • May 26, 2020 at 7:10 AM by an anonymous user from: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    This thing causes only problems. First it changed completely my file system so I am unable to find my stuff. Then it downloaded whole bunch of unwanted software. And finally the machine is not faster at all. So basically waste of money. I contacted them twice, no reply.

    beside those issues, the gismo is not manufactured in us, it came from china. Consequently you can expect problem with the device, similarly like most memory sticks from China.

    furthermore, the company is using linux operating system that is free, so they make a nice profit.

  • May 23, 2020 at 10:47 AM by an anonymous user from: Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

    I ordered mine 24th March 2020, on its way 4th April then nothing. Wrote to them 3 times with no reply. Apparently they take no responsibility for postage or going astray. Hope you have better luck.

    • May 25, 2020 at 8:04 PM by an anonymous user from: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

      It sounds dishonest and fraudulent. I would not use it for anything in the world...

  • May 19, 2020 at 1:21 AM by an anonymous user from: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

    I ordered one,I hope it works and I will repost the results after I see if it works or not!

    • May 22, 2020 at 9:56 AM by an anonymous user from: Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom

      I ordered one on 18th April and am still awaiting delivery, although it was processed on 26th April 2020 and currently in transit. unable to track with tracking number given by USPS No: UM642382386US. Will it ever come?, the reviews are not good. Would prefer repayment of money paid by paypal to Prairie IT.

  • May 17, 2020 at 4:17 PM by an anonymous user from: Stamford, Connecticut, United States

    Don't buy it. I purchased one of the Xtra-PC. The first red flag is that you can't return it. The second is that after inserting the thumb drive into your laptop, you will have to disable your Secure Boot to Microsoft Windows 10. Read the warning articles before doing that. At best, the literature indicates you will be circumventing Windows 10 and will not be able to access the other features of Window 10 when using Xtra-PC. At worst, the articles scream "buyer beware" - you are vulnerable to hacking.

  • April 27, 2020 at 4:57 PM by an anonymous user from: Chicago, Illinois, United States

    My computer is more than 10yrs old. Windows 10, I used Microsoft edge. It is compatible

  • April 26, 2020 at 1:33 PM by an anonymous user from: Dunnellon, Florida, United States

    I purchased 2 of these and they stink. You can't send them back with the opened package. They are a rip off I threw mine in the trash. Unreliable company and thieves to boot.

    • April 27, 2020 at 5:03 PM by an anonymous user from: Chicago, Illinois, United States

      Does that mean this is not for every computer? I was about to order. Now going to think twice. from Chicago Illinois

      • April 27, 2020 at 5:14 PM by info

        It depends on what you want to do. If you want to browse the web or edit files, it will work for you. But, it may not work with the devices connected to your computer, like your printer. This is because your device manufacturers may not have a driver software for Linux, which is used by Xtra-PC.

  • April 8, 2020 at 8:00 PM by an anonymous user from: Newport, Oregon, United States

    I love my old Dell laptop with XP but had to stop using it because I kept getting messages that the internet no longer supports XP. Will I be able to use my Word and Excel that is also considered to be no longer supported on the internet with this product?

    Because of that, all I could afford was a cheap Lenovo Ideapad 320 with Windows 10 and it glitches and jumps all over the place when I type fast. The laptop is nice for the price but Windows 10 is the worst. Would this product solve both problems for both laptops? Thanks... Ducks

    • April 24, 2020 at 3:10 AM by an anonymous user from: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

      Xtra-PC will give you a new Operating System, and it will not be MS Windows. It will be an OS with a browser to browse the internet. If the free Microsoft office suite at https://www.office.com/ has got enough Excel and Word functionality for your needs, then you can use any browser, also the one in Xtra-PC to do your Office tasks. Probably Xtra-PC provides alternative word processors and spreadsheet tools. These may or may not be compatible with your Word or Excel docs. I except the Xtra-PC OS to give you access to your old hard drive, so you can access your files.

    • April 18, 2020 at 9:22 AM by an anonymous user from: Avon Park, Florida, United States

      Linux is a different Operating Systems so it does not run Windows programs, although there are programs like Wine and Crossover that can run some windows programs.

      Luckily there are programs that are known as alternatives (and IMO better) for Word and Excel, one popular one that is available free for Windows, Linux and MAC is called Libre Office. Linux comes with many programs you can safely install from the repository of files that are maintained for the "flavor" of Linux that you choose to install. Linux has live CD's that will let you run it on your computer without installing it on your Hard Drive(HD), however it will run slower than when it is installed on the HD. Check out Linux Mint, you can install the OS on a USB stick as well. Search the internet and find the freedom of using a great OS.

    • April 8, 2020 at 8:31 PM by info

      I don't think Microsoft Office is supported on the distro that is being used with Xtra-PC.

  • April 8, 2020 at 12:23 PM by an anonymous user from: Arlington, Texas, United States

    Honestly.I believe it is the best spent money since the great discovery of THE SNAKE OIL!

  • April 5, 2020 at 9:46 AM by an anonymous user from: Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    Does it work on Windows Vista?

    • April 13, 2020 at 8:52 AM by an anonymous user from: Kingston upon Thames, England, United Kingdom

      No, you do not run Xtra-PC on Windows. Xtra-PC is itself the Operating System. It is a version of the Linux Operating System which has been freely available for many years. You can in fact make your own bootable Linux drive from any number of Linux versions that are readily available. I've been happily using a lightweight version of Ubuntu, called Xubuntu on an old DELL laptop for ages. Linux is an extraordinary OS that 'out of the box' can achieve remarkable things but I have always found there to be teething problems which can leave non techy people a little confused.

    • April 5, 2020 at 10:33 AM by info

      It works on every personal computer.

      • July 13, 2020 at 2:30 PM by an anonymous user from: United States

        No, it doesn't, and it is a scam. Your comment is suspicious.

  • April 3, 2020 at 10:14 PM by an anonymous user from: Chula Vista, California, United States

    My desktop and my Microsoft surface conk out on me after window 10 update. Will xtra-pc will do the job of getting my desktop and my surface back to life?

    • July 13, 2020 at 2:32 PM by an anonymous user from: United States

      No. you may need a technician to diagnose why this has happened.

      xtra-pc is a scam.

    • July 13, 2020 at 12:19 PM by an anonymous user from: Niagara Falls, New York, United States

      No this is a separate operating system

  • March 5, 2020 at 4:21 PM by an anonymous user from: San Antonio, Texas, United States

    Is Xtra-PC a tool I can use in place of a crashed hard drive for a 3yr old PC?

    • April 18, 2020 at 9:24 AM by an anonymous user from: Avon Park, Florida, United States

      Yes it can work, however you will not be able to save data without a hard drive. although you could save data on another USB flash drive.

    • March 5, 2020 at 6:05 PM by info

      You will need a hard drive to store your information.

  • February 28, 2020 at 9:35 AM by an anonymous user from: Ossining, New York, United States

    will this work on computers older than 10 years?

    • February 28, 2020 at 10:08 AM by info

      It may work.

  • February 25, 2020 at 3:24 PM by an anonymous user from: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Where do you download Linux?

    • April 18, 2020 at 9:26 AM by an anonymous user from: Avon Park, Florida, United States

      Also try Linux Mint: https://linuxmint.com/

      I have been running it for years.

    • February 25, 2020 at 3:32 PM by info

      You can download Ubuntu at the following link, which is the most popular Linux distro.

      https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop

  • January 14, 2020 at 12:41 AM by an anonymous user from: Lewisville, Texas, United States

    But, is the X-tra PC good to use as a backup drive to copy an entire laptop?

    • April 24, 2020 at 3:19 AM by an anonymous user from: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

      The size on the XTra PC stick will not be big enough for the content on the entire laptop, but I recon that from within the Xtra PC OS you can browse to your hard drive and to your files whenever you need.

    • January 14, 2020 at 7:05 AM by info

      It is possible. Usually, the operating system(flavor of Linux) used by X-tra PC usually has utilities that can do this.

  • January 1, 2020 at 8:05 AM by info

    Another case of the tech-savvy taking advantage of the non-tech-savvy.

    • April 7, 2020 at 4:31 PM by an anonymous user from: Fresno, Texas, United States

      For many people, it's easier to get XtraPC for $25 or so, than to spend the hours it takes to understand Linux or computing in general. I wouldn't buy it, but for people who think of their computer like the "Internet machine", it's a bargain compared to a new laptop.

      • April 7, 2020 at 6:40 PM by info

        Most of those people will not be able use Microsoft Office, and their printers and other devices may not work because it is not supported.

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