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I have a little windows 98SE virtual machine I run as a curiosity. I occasionally need to/want to download software to test on it, but the version of IE on it has trouble rendering many modern sites or handling redirects.

I'd like a browser that will run on windows 98SE and

  • render reasonably modern webpages. I don't expect acid compliance, but I do expect say, oldversion.com to work enough to be able to download the most recent dx version for the platform
  • not need a load of additional software installation to work
  • handle redirects, png and other things we take for granted on the modern internet to work correctly
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"olderversion.com"? You meant oldversion.com. There is also oldapps.com –  Cornelius Jul 22 at 9:35
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Fixed. Clearly I'm tired and emotional. And not in the british way. –  Journeyman Geek Jul 22 at 9:44
    
Don't, just download with the host and then use a shared folder to copy the information into the virtual machine. Win 98 hasn't been secure, ever, but it's worse since it's been about 10 years since there were any security patches. –  Ted Jul 24 at 15:28

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Opera 9.64

  • Free.
  • Version 10 and later don't run on Windows 98.
  • Version 9.64 was released in 2009 and was among the best browsers back then.
  • You get tabs, mouse gestures, speed dial, URL blocking and countless other features.

Download: http://www.oldversion.com/windows/opera-9-64

Opera 9.64

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That worked perfectly for me. Yonked some additional files itself, warned about needing some files from winME, worked perfectly anyway –  Journeyman Geek Jul 22 at 14:13
    
@ntoskrnl : Some version of Opera 10 work natively for 98SE. –  user2284570 Oct 22 at 20:39

There's a program called KernelEx that adds a "compatibility layer" into Windows 98SE (and ME). It lets you run some Windows NT programs on Windows 98SE/ME. (Info on installing KernelEX: http://kernelex.sourceforge.net/wiki/Help:Contents)

With KernelEX, you should be able to run Firefox 10 ESR, and Opera 11.50[source] (check the wiki link, you might need to run it in "Windows 2000 SP4" mode instead of the default "Windows XP SP2" mode).

Check KernelEX's wiki for more info on what programs you can run.

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Firefox 10 was really really slow on my Win98, I even disabled the hardware acceleration and other stuffs :( –  DebugErr Jul 27 at 12:04
    
@DebugErr But Firefox 3.6.28 are running just fine –  user11153 Jul 27 at 16:02
    
Thanks, I'll try it. Too bad it's such an old version :( –  DebugErr Jul 27 at 16:14
    
@DebugErr I've only ever tried it on a virtual machine. Never on hardware from that era. –  Rocket Hazmat Jul 28 at 18:39
    
@RocketHazmat me too, but it's slow in VMware –  DebugErr Jul 28 at 18:47

Have a look at K-Meleon:

  • free and opensource
  • Gecko based
  • available as installer or portable

It runs in Windows 98:

While a Pentium level processor is recommended, K-Meleon can run on 486 systems that meet the minimum RAM requirements. Please consult the release notes for particular versions of K-Meleon.

Users of Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 may have to install Vcredist.exe to get the latest run-time components for Visual C++ applications.

Here it is running in Windows XP:

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