Solved problem with certificate in XP Pro

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March 27, 2016 at 12:19:33
Specs: windows XP PRo, 1GB RAM
I am trying to see if an XP Pro laptop is usable. I am getting problems with the certificate when I try go to www.google.ca and www.google.com. I came across a post here (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie8-windows_xp/windows-xp-getting-certificate-errors-on-all/0bb55484-ca55-4a03-aa30-8bd07f013804?auth=1), but after scanning it wanted to confirm my windows was genuine. I clicked continue but I got a 'page not found'. I tried it a second time and the page just seemed to die. I tried downloading Chrome to see if it was any better, but get the same issues, and then finally get a message that says the application load did not succeed. The whole reason this started was cause I was trying to see if this laptop is Win7 compatible. Any ideas?

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#1
March 27, 2016 at 12:27:14
I just tried to download FF and it was also blocked my download. I can't get the 'IE haas blocked this website from displaying content with security errors'. I clicked options and said to display but the message won't go away. I tried going into pop up blocker and tell it not to display but that didn't help either.

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#2
March 27, 2016 at 13:55:55
"The whole reason this started was cause I was trying to see if this laptop is Win7 compatible.

First thing, if your specs about 1GB of RAM are correct, then you're just barely in the "usable range" for Win7. Post the rest of the specs on the laptop and it may be easier for us to figure out that issue first before attempting the upgrade/install.


"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#3
March 27, 2016 at 14:14:25
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Hi TRA,
I solved the problem by doing the following;

- Downloaded Chrome 49.0.2623.108 on a different computer, copied it over and installed it
- Downloaded IE 8 on a different computer, copied it over and installed it
- Used Chrome to download Win 7 Upgrade advisor. This game me an option to also download a security update to IE8 and Windows Malicious Software Removal tool. I downloaded and installed all three

With IE8 I can not get to google.ca and google.com using IE8 without any certificate messages.

Thanks for the memory tip on Win 7. The current processor is Intel Pentium 1.86GHZ. I the speed of the processor is okay, I will look into if there is a possible memory update. If not I will have to leave it at XP PRO. Also the Advisor reported some issues going to Win 7 so I would have to address those first anyway.


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#4
March 27, 2016 at 15:15:29
Are you running Service Pack 3? Microsoft has deleted the links for it, but you can get it from the Internet Archive here: https://web.archive.org/web/20140119014510/http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/3/0/d30e32d8-418a-469d-b600-f32ce3edf42d/WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe

The Internet Archive was designated as a library in 2007 and is a 501 (c) (3) organization.

The most likely reason for your issues is that Internet Explorer requires XP Service Pack 3 which is SHA-2 compatible. Internet Explorer under XP Service Pack 1 and 2 will not be able to open SHA-2 websites (SHA 256). Internet Explorer is dependent on the operating system for SHA-2 compatibility.

Chrome WILL work because that browser (and others such as Firefox and Opera) are NOT dependent on the operating system for SHA-2 compatibility.

Internet Explorer is no longer updated on XP (hasn't been for 2 years), and I recommend using Chrome, Firefox and Opera on XP. Most websites don't even support Internet Explorer 8 anymore, anyway.

http://sdfox7.com

Windows XP Service Pack 4 (SP4)


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#5
March 27, 2016 at 16:46:23
If you are sticking with XP these might be of interest:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
March 28, 2016 at 16:18:37
Hi,

Yes I was able to upgrade to SP3 already.


Thanks for the links Derek. I will check them out.


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#7
March 28, 2016 at 19:39:53
Check the date showing in windows. You can get certificate errors if the date is off because your browser assumes the computer's date is correct and therefore the certificate dates are no longer valid.

With an older system like that the cmos battery may be dead. They're sometimes hard to get to on a laptop.


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#8
April 2, 2016 at 09:31:03
Thanks to everyone for your help. The laptop seems t be running well. I just need to go thru Derek's how to's.

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