Web browsers for Windows XP, Windows 7, Vista and 8.x.
To install browsers on a fresh install of Windows, transfer the setup or zip file from a newer machine with a USB or CD/DVD-R, or install your virtual machine's guest additions and drag and drop the files. Or you can vist Mypal's website in IE6. It is recommended you install from SP3 for XP or SP1 for Windows 7. A fresh install of Windows 7 needs this update installed to get Windows Update to work. Fully updating Windows 7 will also provide the Microsoft Edge browser.
One Core API for Windows XP is making progress at allowing newer browsers to run, but is still quite buggy. Also the Windows Vista extended kernel can run modern Firefox up to Version 99 and Chromium up to the latest version. Windows 7 requires KB4474419 installed to run the lastest version of Firefox. Windows 8.1 still runs most browsers at this time but most hardware drivers skipped Windows 8.1 support
Virtual machines include Virtualbox, VMWare Player, Hyper-V, VirtualPC (old), UTM/Parallels (Mac) and Gnome Boxes/QEMU (Linux)
Why use retro browsers? It is all about empowering the retro computing movement, plus the right to repair to keep previously obsolete computers still functioning. Also the amount of legacy software in use means that sometimes internet acceess is required on older computers even if the security situation is less than ideal. Regular back ups of data is required, and using a modern computer for regular use is recommended. File transfers using usb or optical media is be safer than trying to download directly.
Retrobrowsers, last updated October 16th 2022