Can This USB Stick Resurrect Your Old PC?

  • Published: 24 March 2019
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Comments • 7 049

  • Nabeel Moazzam
    Nabeel Moazzam  3 hours back

    Linus Tip Tech u should have introduced about readyboost rather going windows HDD to USB Linux

    • MrManiac3
      MrManiac3  22 hours back

      I guess clapping signifies Anthony

      • Vikingkompass
        Vikingkompass  24 hours back

        I knew it was a scam so I decided to search youtube.

        • Shahbaz Khan
          Shahbaz Khan  1 days back

          Linus bro.. Please stop wasting money on such useless stuffs

          • EngagingSoda 503
            EngagingSoda 503  1 days back

            The sad part is that that is the norm for my laptop computer

            • TechHub
              TechHub  2 days back

              I have a ten year old and I watched linus video and then I went and saw ten year old and I realized that linus has a higher voice

              • Petr Lavrov
                Petr Lavrov  2 days back

                I thought the main point of this "resurrection" is having a clean OS without all the unnecessary trash software and files piled up in it throughout the years.

                Many peoples hardware is not that bad, but still works awfully slow because of all the poor life choices they make. Like not unchecking that "Avast" antivirus button in the free software installed.

                • Lewis Smith
                  Lewis Smith  3 days back

                  Um this isn't tech tips

                  • Benito Camelas
                    Benito Camelas  3 days back

                    The truth is ... you guys know a ton of shit about computers but nobody cares about grandma to have a simple operating system. Where she can check pictures of grandkids in Facebook, check silly emails, etc.
                    Someone did: extra PC.
                    Now. Grandma prefers to pay 80 dollars to a stranger than to a grandkid that has no patience to help her with her old laptop.
                    That’s the truth.

                    • Haiden Geary
                      Haiden Geary  3 days back

                      This is garbage.

                      • Sirhan Lohan
                        Sirhan Lohan  3 days back

                        Forget the old PC, it's time to upgrade your news sources.

                        • Tyler Sanders
                          Tyler Sanders  3 days back

                          So I don't understand was that just a bootable usb with lubuntu? If your grandmother is going to learn Linux she can download rufus and download lubuntu free and just install it

                          • Hasony O
                            Hasony O  4 days back

                            7:57 Linus 10 YEARS LATER NVDIA GEFORCE RTX2080TI ON A FLASH DISK

                            ME OH BOY HERE WE GO AGAIN

                            • Organic Grow
                              Organic Grow  4 days back

                              This scam would never work on my Grandma! She doesn't know what a computer is.

                              • Organic Grow
                                Organic Grow  4 days back

                                1:32 - I say Predatory, their ad on youtube is so cringy.

                                • majid aghashahi
                                  majid aghashahi  4 days back

                                  U look so agly ur partner is unfaithful to u! Women wouldn't look at u two ice .....

                                  • travis moore
                                    travis moore  4 days back

                                    Okay so this is krap. Just use linux and run it from your usb or sd card. :P

                                    • travis moore
                                      travis moore  4 days back

                                      If it was really for grandparents you might try doing it to say a cyrex type of pc tower or a Pentium 2 or 3 and see what it can do. I doubt you would have granps's zombie pc running anytime soon with that thing.

                                      • D C
                                        D C  5 days back

                                        This is a terrible product though, for the following reasons:
                                        1) They're charging $60 USD for the 32GB stick. I know you say "it's saving someone the trouble of making a bootable Linux USB drive themselves", and fair enough, for a less tech savvy person, that might be worth something. So I googled for other retailers selling USB sticks with Linux. Found this site selling a 32GB stick with Lubuntu for £20 ($25 USD):
                                        So that's less than half the price for the same product.
                                        2) "Xtra PC" seems to be deliberately lying / misleading about their product. Notice on that other site I found, The Linux Shop, they're not making any claims about magically speeding up your PC. They're also straight up about the fact that it's just Linux on a USB drive. Meanwhile, I shit you not, in this godawful video from Xtra PC's website, the guy says: "the Xtra PC is like a little USB thumb drive looking thing". That is, he won't admit that it *IS* a USB thumb drive. So that's deception right there. Source:
                                        3) I can find a USB 3.1 32GB USB stick on Amazon for £3.83 ($4.76 USD). So that's a faster superior USB drive, for less than 1/12th the cost. Yes it requires installing Linux yourself, but still.
                                        4) Like you say yourselves, the speed of your system is completely dependent on the hardware of your computer - mostly the CPU and RAM. So there are no guarantees WHATSOEVER that buying this overpriced Linux USB stick will magically make your computer quicker.

                                        So that's why it's such a shit product. It's vastly overpriced (you can get the EXACT SAME THING with Linux already on it for less than half the price from other retailers), AND its sales claims are completely bogus and misleading.

                                        • Sparrow
                                          Sparrow  5 days back

                                          When you'r computer needs an update ehh *turns it of*

                                          Can't buddy it takes to long

                                          • spooka770
                                            spooka770  5 days back

                                            I don’t think so pal

                                            • oldartguy
                                              oldartguy  5 days back

                                              Thanck you, like your set up better.

                                              • John Dickson Jr
                                                John Dickson Jr  5 days back

                                                I think the comparison was a bit unfair. Compare the performance of an old Windows PC to the Linux boot. Less bloat on the Linux boot would run faster than the same Windows based computer every time.

                                                • MVE
                                                  MVE  6 days back

                                                  You pay for the convenience I guess.

                                                  • akito nakamura
                                                    akito nakamura  7 days back

                                                    This pc is better then mine.

                                                    • AJComputerServicesUK
                                                      AJComputerServicesUK  7 days back

                                                      It really annoys me when People / Companies take advantage of the Elderly and Technophobes!

                                                      • Chanceman1234 56
                                                        Chanceman1234 56  7 days back

                                                        i dont have a hard drive my pc runs off a usb stick with windows 7 pro installed

                                                        • Lee Alessandro
                                                          Lee Alessandro  7 days back

                                                          I mean, for a "daily driver" for the overwhelming majority of people GNU/Linux is totally fine. They wouldn't know the difference since people just use their Gmail, Hotmail and Facebook. I have moved most people that were always expecting free tech support from me on to Nix since it just doesn't tend to break as easliy and anything that can break the 'puter requires admin/root, which they don't have.

                                                          • DroyLabs
                                                            DroyLabs  1 weeks back

                                                            Linus you are too used to luxury and High-end products that you cant figure it out the price of normal stuff. The 2.0 drive cost much less of 10 $ actually you can buy the cruiser glide 64gb 3.0 for less then 11 euros on amazon

                                                            • Ethan Manzi
                                                              Ethan Manzi  1 weeks back

                                                              Looks like a total rip off to me. I’ve installed Linux in multiple family members computers, minimal learning curve, and it only costs me about $15 for a USB. I usually copy important files all the computer first, install Linux internally, then copy the files back onto the newly installed OS.

                                                              • Fiallos1
                                                                Fiallos1  1 weeks back

                                                                There’s your problem, it’s running vista!

                                                                • Allan French
                                                                  Allan French  1 weeks back

                                                                  I prefer using the live usb from Mx linux.

                                                                  • majid aghashahi
                                                                    majid aghashahi  1 weeks back

                                                                    U got such a seekining voice!

                                                                    • 69tibbar
                                                                      69tibbar  1 weeks back

                                                                      Where can i find a USB that looks like the gpu card?

                                                                      • RO News
                                                                        RO News  1 weeks back

                                                                        Can it bring my grandma back to life?

                                                                        • Happy Car Crash
                                                                          Happy Car Crash  1 weeks back

                                                                          Install MX-Linux .........

                                                                          • grumpy granda
                                                                            grumpy granda  1 weeks back

                                                                            Kid you not guy's, my 9yr old grandson told me extra pc was linux and if I give him the money he will create 1 for me. He also said your limited by your PC's ability.

                                                                            • mike fuston
                                                                              mike fuston  1 weeks back

                                                                              just reinstall you os and programs

                                                                              • Don Waldrep
                                                                                Don Waldrep  1 weeks back

                                                                                MAN!! Can you stop screaming and screeching? I had to turn you off so you don't crack my teeth!Try to get a testosterone shot!

                                                                                • Bazrrrr
                                                                                  Bazrrrr  1 weeks back

                                                                                  I put lubuntu on an old dual core intel atom netbook and it worked. I tried speeding it up with an ssd and there was virtually no difference surprisingly. The CPU was the actual bottleneck and by a huge margin. I put an ssd in my old q6600 shuttle pc and that even runs windows 10 smoothly and boot up is fast. I will have to try a linux distro on that.

                                                                                  • Thesaus 974
                                                                                    Thesaus 974  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I wonder how many people change their oil know how to repair basic issues with cars.
                                                                                    Do you know how to stitch clothes or even cook ?
                                                                                    People pay more for services they could do for cheaper and so do you everyday.
                                                                                    Stop being judgemental pricks all the time

                                                                                    • Thooper DONG
                                                                                      Thooper DONG  1 weeks back

                                                                                      OMG. 2:00 That edit . . I open mouth lol’d for 20sec . . Thank you for the hilarity 😂💚

                                                                                      • Muhammed Hussein Karimi

                                                                                        How you installed Linux inside USB stick

                                                                                        • Michael's Lets Plays
                                                                                          Michael's Lets Plays  2 weeks back

                                                                                          yea thats a rip off. i rather make my grandma a linux distro myself then waste my money on a obvious scam targeting the elderly. its just like carsheild in that regard...... no carsheild is way worst.

                                                                                          • civic2980
                                                                                            civic2980  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Is Anthony losing weight? Hope so hes great. I love his shirts most times, the bomber one was dope.

                                                                                            • 齋藤謙介
                                                                                              齋藤謙介  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Just buy an old pc and boot it with linux distro, do some initial setup, and tell her the least as possible. better than forcing them to buy free stuff.

                                                                                              • Vinicius Rocha
                                                                                                Vinicius Rocha  2 weeks back

                                                                                                The endless OS is a more easy to setup, and more user friendly
                                                                                                Is a good distro to make a vídeo about

                                                                                                • Matt Thompson
                                                                                                  Matt Thompson  2 weeks back

                                                                                                  I was expecting it to be terrible too 😂