What is the Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition? Well that is a good question. Besides being a mouthful to say, this only variant of Windows XP is the only version that supports modern 64-bit hardware. (AMD64 / Intel64) Windows XP Pro X64 became very popular for computer enthusiasts to install on their computers. Unfortunately there was not a lot of good driver support when it was first released. There are still many people using Windows XP Pro X64 today but like its 32-bit counterpart will no longer receive any security updates on April 8, 2014. So what is the best web browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition?
1. Opera 19, Opera has made some interesting changes recently and instead of using their own rendering engine, Presto, they have moved to Webkit. Webkit is the same rendering engine in Google Chrome and Apple Safari. What’s nice here is you don’t have to wonder if Google is tracking your every online habit. All internet conspiracies aside, I found Opera to be a little faster than Chrome in page load and just opening up the program. I am also willing to bet that Opera will be supporting Windows XP for some time, as they have supported older version of Windows for a while. You owe it to yourself to check out Opera.
2. Mozilla Firefox 26, Firefox was at one time the most used browser other than Internet Explorer and still has a number of people who use it today. Firefox 26 is great on Windows XP Pro X64. It is full featured and very fast. I highly suggest you check out Firefox if you have not recently.
3. Google Chrome 32, I have to admit I think Google is getting sloppy with Chrome. Google releases updates very often for Chrome which is not always a bad thing but I am not sure they are always testing these updates as much as they could. I have noticed Chrome to be buggy at times regardless of which version of Windows I am running. In my test on Windows XP Pro X64 Chrome 32 was very solid. It was a tick slower than the other two browsers above but that is it. I had suggested Windows XP users use Chrome but with Google’s business practices being put under scrutiny and bugs I have noticed in the recent past few releases I have moved this down. Still it is one of the most used if not most used browser today so check out Chrome.
4. FlashPeak SlimBrowser 7, SlimBowser is a little different but I think fits a need on any version of Windows XP. There are many companies whose internal websites do not support modern web browsers and only work with older versions of Internet Explorer. This is where SlimBrowser comes in. It uses the same rendering engine (Trident) of whatever version of Internet Explorer you have installed on your computer. So you get a full featured browser, increased security, but the compatibility you need. If your organization is still using Internet Explorer 8 (or worse 7 or 6) you need to let them know about FlashPeak SlimBrowser. It has Facebook integration and even can be configured to display the outside temperature in the lower right hand corner of the window. With Internet Explorer 8 no longer getting security updated after April 8, 2014 you need to check out SlimBrowser today.
5. KDE Konqueror 4.10.2, if you know about Linux you have probably used Konqueror at some point. Konqueror comes with the KDE environment, but you can customize what is installed to keep it just to bare minimum for Konqueror to work. Konqueror will make Linux KDE users feel right at home and it does not run too bad. It is a little buggy and did not like some websites. If you feel adventerous check out the KDE on Windows Initiative
6. Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 64-bit, this is the browser that is holding the web back, but it is better than Internet Explorer 6 or 7. Even if you don’t use Internet Explorer I suggest you update it to Internet Explorer 8 as it is more compliant with web standards then the old versions and I think just a little more secure. However since Internet Explorer 8 will not be getting any more security updates after April 8, 2014 I suggest you use one of the browsers above to your day-to-day browsing. If you have not yet I suggest updating to Internet Explorer 8.
I will say again I suggest all Windows XP users upgrade to a newer version of Windows as soon as they can. That being said there is still life in Windows XP and I think using the best internet browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition will help you get that life out of it for a while.
Also check out the best internet browser for Windows XP the 32-bit version.
Maybe you are looking to upgrade, check out the best internet browser for Windows Vista 64-bit.