Want to browse the web on Windows XP? This site shows you how.

More information and precautions

Browsing on Windows XP should be regarded as a novelty and not for everyday use as many web sites no longer support it.

Using Windows XP for web browsing is not recommended for purposes such as online banking or other purposes that require security. It is recommended that any computer using it dosen’t have any important files that could be lost. Windows XP does not natively support TLS 1.3 and newer protocols which makes accessing secure (https) sites difficult, but browsers like Mypal and New Moon include their own libraries for accessing secure sites. XPbrowsers.com is designed not to use https so older web browsers can access it. If you can’t download a browser try downloading Firefox first or transfer a setup file from a computer with a newer operating system.

Microsoft has not supported Windows XP for over five years now (April 8 2014) so it has a large security problem. An up to date antivirus and firewall will help, but there are multiple unpatched security holes. It is recommended that modern operating systems such as Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 should be used instead. An alternative to upgrading Windows is to install Linux or use a Mac or Chromebook. A dual boot system or putting Windows XP in a virtual machine is also recommended. Businesses should not be connecting Windows XP to the internet at all. Of course Windows XP is still supported by hobbyists and advanced users. This site will continue to provide information about Windows XP.

Browsers for Windows XP don’t have the latest rendering engines as they have not been ported to XP. Any website that requires a browser newer than Firefox version 52 or Chromium 49 will likely not work. New Moon and Mypal support HTML5 video.

Many Windows XP era computers have processors that don’t support the SSE2 instruction set. These include Pentium III and Athlon XP. Modern browsers need these features so new hardware is recommended. Firefox 45ESR is the last major browser that can run on non SSE2 processors. There are builds of New Moon that can work too.

For more issues concerning Windows XP see XP Forever.