I'm looking for a minimalist browser (for Windows) to view web apps (web 2.0) pages.
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Go with XUL Runner by Mozilla. You can easily customize the interface without losing HTML5 and plugins features. It might be a bit complicated it's better than another options since you don't need to compile everything. You can also try this project that encapsulates some XUL things leaving you the easy part: https://github.com/racklin/xulapp-starterkit/blob/master/README.md
hh.exe is the Windows program used to display compiled help, but it can also browse the web without any plugins, tabs, bookmarks, etc.
Just go to
Run... (Win+R) and type:
It dependent on Internet Explorer settings.
There is also
mshta.exe, HTA engine which dependent on Internet Explorer. Just run: