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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?

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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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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    • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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    • 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

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      • 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.

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  • 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  • 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!

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

    Does it work on Windows Vista?

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    • 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.

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

      It works on every personal computer.

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  • 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?

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  • 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?

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    • 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.

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

      You will need a hard drive to store your information.

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  • 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?

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

      It may work.

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

    Where do you download Linux?

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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  • 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?

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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

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

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    • 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.

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      • 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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