How to install Linux on an old laptop to give it new life and purpose

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If you’re looking to revive that aging laptop, Linux might be your best bet. Find out how easy it can be to make this happen. By Jack Wallen.

The first thing to keep in mind is that we’re going to wipe away the current operating system on your laptop. You’ll first need to make sure you’ve saved every file and directory that you want to keep onto an external or USB drive. If you don’t have either of those things, upload those files to a cloud storage account. Author will demonstrate the process below by installing the daily release of Ubuntu Desktop, which uses the installer that debuted with Ubuntu 24.04, which was released April 2024.

The content of this guide:

  • How to install Linux on your aging laptop
  • Insert your bootable Linux USB drive
  • Select your install language
  • Select keyboard layout
  • Connect to the internet
  • Select Install
  • Select your installation type
  • Select the apps you’d like to start with
  • Add proprietary software

… and more. This process shouldn’t take more than 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the speed of your machine and network connection. Congratulations, you’ve just revived that aging laptop with a very powerful, flexible, secure, reliable, and user-friendly operating system. Enjoy!

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