Solved Can Google Chrome be used on a desktop PC?

February 3, 2016 at 19:43:21
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 1.30GHz
I have a desktop PC with Windows XP Pro (SP3), with IE 8. More and more often I come across websites that suggest I upgrade the browser to a higher version of IE which I can't do. IE 8 is as far as my PC will go, so it will have to be Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.
I beleive it was on the Google Chrome page that states, "One browser for your laptop, phone, and tablet." Does this mean it can't be used on a desktop PC, or is there a special Chrome for desktops? How about Firefox? Is that for desktop PCs?
I have numerous shortcuts on my computers desktop. When a different browser is downloaded, will my shortcuts remain? Will my favorites be changed in any way?

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February 3, 2016 at 20:40:43
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You can have as many alternative browsers on your PC as you wish and in fact you shouldn't really be using IE8 for security reasons, especially on XP which is not longer security supported by MS. I am currently running five, which I accept is a lot but I have my reasons.

Your IE favorites will stay intact but most browsers have arrangements to automatically copy them across from IE or elsewhere.

Desktop shortcuts are nothing to do with browsers unless they are website links. In that case they will be opened by your default browser (which is your choice).

As an aside, here are some security ideas for XP users:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 4, 2016 at 06:54:27
Yes to Firefox on desktops. I use both firefox's version of favorites as a toolbar and IE's favorites in the start menu as they alone start a new window. Your desktop shortcuts will remain and work with installed browser after you have selected your default browser away from IE. Don't know about Chrome, sorry.


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February 5, 2016 at 12:50:57

Please note that Google will be dropping support for Windows XP and Vista in April 2016. This is due to the fact that Chrome is based on the Chromium project, and Chromium will no longer be "supported" on XP or Vista. Whether or not it will continut to run is another matter.

If you download Chrome for XP today, you will receive a warning about the end of support every time you launch the browser.

To get rid of this warning, please follow my instructions in this how-to:

You can also find these instructions on Google Groups, or my page here:

I would still highly recommend switching to Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or any of the many other supported browsers.

While my fix turns off the message, you will NOT receive further Google Chrome updates.

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