Edge Chromium for Vista? Is it possible?

May 12, 2020 at 11:33:01
Specs: Windows Vista
If you try to install the newest Edge Chromium browser on Windows Vista you will end up with an error.

Obviously this new browser is written for newer operating systems like:

- Windows Server 2008R2 or higher
- Windows 7 or higher (32 or 64 bit)

I already tried to extract the standalone (Enterprise/MSI) installer with a utility called LessMSI without succes.
In this way I was hoping to create a portable version.
I have also seen the "procedure entry point" error which shows up when you execute the downloaded setup stub.

This error is descriped here in detail with a fix that I don't understand (i am an administrator, not a developer).

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/cppb...

It seems to me that this fix has to be applied when compiling. With the source code being public this seems possible to me at first sight, but perhaps there are other conditions that will prevent this fix (it would be a fix for the stub file, but I hope also for the actual installation itself).

Also I have installed the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package on my Vista machine to see if that would help, without succes.

What I ddn't do until now is to copy and paste the files from a Windows 7 machine to a Windows Vista machine, but that would be my last resort.

Meanwhile I have also installed the Dotnet Framework 4.6 for Vista (3.5 and 4.5 were already installed) which also didn't help.

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#1
May 12, 2020 at 11:59:34
As far as I know, there is no modern browser that works with Vista. You would need to use an outdated version of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc. Rather than searching for fixes or workarounds, say goodbye to Vista & replace it with something else. There are plenty of modern Linux distros that run well on old hardware. Edge Chromium is coming to Linux soon:
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/11...

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#2
May 12, 2020 at 13:25:56
It's for older hardware for which a Windows 10 licence is too expensive.

I have tried several Linux distributions, like Ubuntu but they do not satisfy my needs.
Linux distributions (like Ubuntu) have either performance problems or they are too difficult to operate/set up.
The Linux driver support for (peripheral) devices like Bluetooth devices or even Video cards is very poor and even more difficult to setup. Simply put: Linux is not a serious option.
Also I prefer software applications that run natively in Windows, like MS Office.

Until now I use the latest Firefox ESR and some other browsers like SlimJet, Seamonkey etc., but for some websites this is not sufficient anymore.

Meanwhile I have found this useful site with information regarding browsers and it seems some of them are even based on Chrome 58, which is much higher than the latest 49 version from Google. I will try them out as an alternative to Edge Chromium

https://msfn.org/board/topic/175262...

I installed the Yandex browser which is based on Chrome 57 and this Russian browser performs quite well. The installiation/de-installation however is a bit buggy since it installs on a user profile only.
Still I would like to have Edge Chromium working, which would solve issues with some (modern) websites which are mostly related to Streaming and DRM.
The Yandex browser can play only the 'unencrypted' streams on this site, but is is the best browser for Vista I have found until now.

https://demo.castlabs.com

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#3
May 12, 2020 at 16:33:11
Unfortunately a lot of people have done the same as you... they tried Ubuntu (which is a poor choice for beginners), get frustrated with it, then they condemn all Linux & never try again. There are numerous distros based on Ubuntu that have a different look & feel, much more Windows-like & user friendly. Mint XFCE is one, Linux Lite is another, Zorin OS is a third. There are literally 100's of distros to choose from.
https://distrowatch.com/

As for Windows 10, it's still free. Most people don't know that & it's not widely advertised. It's downloadable directly from Microsoft & it will activate with just about any Win7/8/8.1 product key, either retail or OEM. Or you can use it without activation with very few limitations. It doesn't stop working after a certain time period & you won't keep seeing annoying popups prompting you to activate.

https://www.howtogeek.com/244678/yo...
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...


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#4
May 12, 2020 at 18:05:26
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#5
May 13, 2020 at 07:25:41
Johnw, thanks for the list. I have used many of the browsers you mentioned already but I am still hoping for a solotion to use Edge Chromiium.

Hopefully a guy called Roy Tam (Roytam1) is already working on a solution ore perhaps someone else with similar experience in compiling from source code.

Also I would like to mention i430vx who also has this useful website

http://i430vx.net/


and the already mentioned site from WinClient5270 which is also very useful

https://msfn.org/board/topic/175262...

Riider thank you for promoting Linux and mentioning that Windows 10 is still a free upgrade if you have Windows 7 or higher, but this information is off topic.

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#6
May 13, 2020 at 08:56:17
I'm just trying to give viable alternatives.

You will not get Edge to work with Vista. And to be able to use any of the browsers listed in response #4, you will have to download older/outdated versions because the most current versions will not work. I'm sure you already know that. Vista was never a popular OS & the current worldwide market share is 0.45% so no browser developer is going to waste their time maintaining support for it.
https://gs.statcounter.com/windows-...

EDIT: I just wanted to add that I started experimenting with Linux in about 2005 after beta testing Vista. By the time Vista was RTM in 2007, I was fairly proficient with Linux & I've stuck with it. I have Win10 machines as well but I could easily abandon Windows altogether & not miss a step.

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#7
May 13, 2020 at 16:39:21
Nice researching Soedesh, super good info from you, for those that are interested.

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