Web Browsers / SP2(3) Update

Discussion in 'Windows XP Installation and Setup' started by MattC, May 16, 2020.

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    MattC

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    Hi, there. (Newbie, here.)

    I've installed XP on a VM for testing and playing/using older games/apps (applications, as they used to be called in the good-ol-days ;)). However, I'm finding it difficult to run many of these programs (another word from a bygone age ;)). One of these is IE (ver 6). It errors continually, as does an older version of Firefox (ver 12*).

    1. Is there a web browser that is up to date and works on XP?

    2. Also, trying to find a version of Firefox that works on SP1 was not easy. Is there a way to update XP to SP2/3 - I don't have the update disk, and I don't want to reinstall the whole thing.

    Matt

    *Interestingly, clicking on 'About Firefox' in ver 12 produces the 'About' box which claims 'Firefox is up to date' :confused:
     
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    I believe elizabeth23 has a link to SP3 wait for her to post ..Then you could use NewMoon or My pal they still get updates for XP
     
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    Thank you. Unfortunately, I am only at SP 1 at the moment, so these may not work, yet.

    Matt
     
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    As long as SP1 is already installed, SP3 should install.
     
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    Go to control panel then system.. that will tell you if SP3 is installed or not
     
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    https://onedrive.live.com/?id=D7389B68B3A275AD!834&cid=D7389B68B3A275AD

    my public files on onedrive, download ie8, ie8 updates, sp3 and then install all of them, reboot twice, after make sure automatic updates is started and from the start/all programs menu at the top there is a link to windows update, click on this , will take you to the update website where it will ask you to update to microsoft update, say yes and then say yes to the install of an active x.

    then it will search for updates and there are a lot, the search itself will take awhile, and there will be some that you have to install first.

    when the required downloads are installed, go to start/turn off computer/ there are 3 buttons here and if the Shutdown button has a little shield icon this tells you that in order to install updates you have to shutdown and not just restart, the pc will shutdown eventually, but it is a long , long process to install especially if you are installing any .net programs, just be patient

    firefox listing of versions for full download and offline install below

    https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/

    NOTE: the service pack 3 on my website is the microsoft version :)
     
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    Elizabeth23: Thank you for replying (to this and the other thread). I used the link in flavallee's post above, before you came back, and it seemed to work fine. I'll have a look at IE8 and the other browsers in flaverllee's post.

    Matt
     
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    no problem, :)
     
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    Avoid IE8 since it doesn't work with the majority of HTTPS sites and is notoriously insecure. For XP your best bet is MyPal since it is regularly updated. I can't speak for Maxthon but if it is Chrome based it will have the same problem as IE8 - it won't be able to connect to most HTTPS sites. Internet Explorer and any Chromium-based browsers rely on XP's system TLS certificates for connecting to HTTPS websites. Mozilla browsers use their own internal certificates.
     
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    everyone, my only emphasis on ie8 is that microsoft update website needs ie8, I myself do not use ie8 for anything but that and once my updates are complete I disable automatic updates and go onto my main browser firefox and secondary MyPal. :)
     
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    Am wondering if there's a way to point a Chrome based browser to newer certificates? I know Firefox has that option. The curl program has an optional certificate bundle that can be downloaded that's up-to-date. Linux from Scratch also has information on building your own certificate package. I've done a port of the steps and it works on Windows.
     
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    I've run lynx, D+ and Netrider on Windows XP. They're not the latest and greatest browsers, but they do work. Netrider is webkit based and D+ is a fork of Dillo that works for Windows and DOS.
     
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