Opera is now the only major browser that continues to provide security updates for its Windows XP and Windows Vista version. Today, the first security update for this version is being released to provide millions of users worldwide with secure browsing.

In April, we reported that Google and Mozilla would no longer support Windows XP and Windows Vista. This means that Firefox and Chrome users on either of these platforms are no longer receiving bug fixes or security updates. Opera remains the only major browser that takes care of these users.

According to Netmarketshare’s figures, 10.34% of all computer users use Windows XP, a number that hasn’t discernibly changed since April. This means that 10% of all desktop users are very loyal to their platform – but they also need to take action to make sure they’re using a secure browser.

New fixes

Some of you may know that the last Opera version compatible with Windows XP and Vista was Opera 36, which is based on Chrome version 49. We promised we would continue to issue security updates and crash fixes to the Opera 36 branch, and this is our first such update with backports of fixes for some security issues that were fixed in Opera 37, based on Chrome 50.

We hope these fixes will help to keep the browser a tiny bit more secure and stable. Opera 36 users will receive the update automatically; it is also available on opera.com for them.

However, we still urge those users of Windows XP and Vista to switch to an OS that is actively supported so they can enjoy the latest browser versions with more features and better security.

How to import bookmarks and other settings

If you still use another browser on these platforms we encourage you to switch to Opera. Migrating to Opera from another browser is really easy. When you run it for the first time, you’ll be prompted to automatically import your bookmarks and other settings.

Marcin Mitek

Tester on Windows platform @ Desktop Team since 2012. Based in Wrocław office. PC gaming enthusiast. Commutes to work on his fixie, Killer Bee.

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  • redfox

    I need VPN for O36…

    • Leonardo Gomes

      I don’t think 36 will get any new features.

      • redfox

        VPN is the only “real” security update, so I think they could implement it, if the new Opera isn’t compatible with WinXP any more.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          I guess ‘security updates’ means ‘Chromium security updates’ mainly and some Opera’s ones.

          No new features.

          And VPN is more privacy than security.

  • Павел Даценко

    How can I download this version (for WinXP) from another computer running Win10?

    • Dave-H

      From the FTP site here –
      https://get.geo.opera.com/ftp/pub/opera-winxpvista/36.0.2130.80/win/
      Use the “Setup” file.

      • Павел Даценко

        Thanks, but what is the difference between the two files located there: “Opera_winxpvista_36.0.2130.80_Autoupdate.exe” and “Opera_winxpvista_36.0.2130.80_Setup.exe”?

        • Leonardo Gomes

          Download the one with ‘Setip’ in its name. The other is for the autoupdater.

          • Dave-H

            You said that on the main forum too Leo, but I’m a bit puzzled how the “Autoupdate” file actually works. If you run it, it seems to create a complete standalone installation of Opera in the folder that it was run from. It’s obviously a quick way of making a standalone installation, but how does it relate to the autoupdate process?

          • Leonardo Gomes

            I guess that file is downloaded by the autoupdate process and used by it.

          • Dave-H

            Yes, that would make sense, although I’m a bit surprised in that case that it’s been made publicly accessible.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            I don’t think it’s to be downloaded and ran by the user.

  • nanana1

    Please don’t forget to update Opera 12.18 too which some of us are still using. 😉

    • Zin

      Good sugestion nanana1. 🙂

      Also, the idea that if you use a newer OS you are safe it’s a LIE, just looking at all the reports made about win10. 😉

      Also, no windows OS is safe no matter what version you use if it’s xp or win 8.1, you can be safer only using a 3rd party firewall software.

  • Spencer

    “Opera is now the only major browser that continues to provide security updates for its Windows XP and Windows Vista version.”

    Your claim that Firefox is no longer updated on Windows XP is false. The latest version of Firefox supports Windows XP SP2 and later (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/48.0/system-requirements/).

    Also, IE9 on Windows Vista still gets security updates. I know IE9 is terrible but I would still say MS is a major browser vendor.

    • Cryio

      Your point of Firefox is valid. IE9? Too outdated to be relevant.

      • I’m using Firefox 48.0.2 on Windows XP and Vista, and works pretty well.

    • Okay. Bad news for Vista/7 users: Windows Update server disabled the updates for Vista/7.

  • Mailer Mainer

    I m still use opera on XP on my old PC. Its not so bad this browser, it require less resources than other browsers. http://365hacks.com

  • Peter_A

    I’m glad to see this happening as promised. As for the Mac platforms just left behind – 10.6 – 10.8 – is there any plan to provide similar security patches for Opera 37?

  • Thank you Opera for still providing security updates for the Windows XP and Windows Vista version. May be I’ll switch to Opera browser now.

  • Alexandr

    Where is transparency of tab bar (Windows Vista)? Why it look like blue Windows XP skin?

    • This dissapeared on Opera 31/32 due to change of SDK that made Chrome when arrived the version 45 (VS 2010 to VS 2013), and the compatibility for XP and Vista disappeared completely on Chromium 49 (VS 2013 to VS 2015). Mozilla Firefox still uses the VS 2013 and incrediblely works pretty well on Windows XP and Vista without problems, but the website only offers Firefox 42 for download in their website for XP and Vista users.

      Unfortunaletly, nobody tried to compile Chromium with Cairo and GCC (MinGW and/or Cygwin) for Windows, and even with this tools works pretty well on Vista and beyond.

      • Alexandr

        What to do? If I like the Aero, should I give up Chromium-like browesers?
        Incidentallyc, this dissapeared on Opera 28. In now I use Opera 27 for this reason.

  • Brave_Droid_Helen

    When I try to run OperaSetUp.exe on Windows xp… it does nothing. No errors, no warnings, no info, no install, nothing.

    This is your product???? You can’t even show any info as to what failed?

  • bradavon

    This article is factually incorrect. Firefox still supports both XP and Vista:

    https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/50.0.2/system-requirements/

    Even your own article that says “Firefox is dropping Vista” only mentions Firefox is dropping XP. Which isn’t what the Mozilla link says anyway. It says XP SP1 is no longer supported by Mozilla.

  • David_Gould

    Installer from https://www.opera.com has a typo when detecting XP/Vista. It says “dowloading (sic) XP-compatible installer” or something.

  • duser2011

    Opera 36.0.2130.80 latest Adobe flash player that works with it ?
    ( 24.0.0.186 or 23.0.0.207 or 23.0.0.205 or 23.0.0.185 or 23.0.0.162 )
    This version works 22.0.0.209 but thinking of updating it.
    Slimjet Version 10.0.11.0 (based on Chromium 50.0.2661.75) using flash player 23.0.0.185.
    Developers response please.

  • Nikki Ingoglia Oltjenbruns

    When does Opera support end for Vista?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Latest version with support fr Vista was 36 so it was sometime around march 2016.

  • XP

    Thanks from me too dear Opera team for supporting Windows XP.
    Because many software and browsers stop supporting windows XP this does not mean that XP is still not the best operating system ever.
    i have seen how is win7 win 8 and 8.1 and i dont know why people going to such low mind operating systems.
    i will have my well paid original Windows XP for ever and if one day noone support them i will leave Microsoft .
    Thank you microsoft for leaving us unsupported when i paid you so much for an operating system that you cahnging every year now…

    • Super45

      XP released in 2001 and was supported for 12 years. Time to move on.

      • XP

        Yes i agree .its time to move on and get rid of all these supposed new operating systems I prefer to stay with the good and old one XP… i know very well how they work all these new oses after xp….
        Prove for that is how many people infected lately and they are so much more than XP times

  • Mouad Dzedz

    i use last version on w xp but i cant add fb emotion on opera help me plz

  • Jenny Mentzer

    Is the latest version available on Opera.com the version that works with Windows Vista? I don’t see it labeled “36” anywhere….?

  • Brandy Cagle

    does not install. running windows xp :/

  • Pamela

    Won’t install. 🙁 Says “failed”. I have Win. XP. Thought this would be my solution since Google and Firefox are so slow and aren’t supported by microsoft anymore but this won’t work either. Guess I’m going to have to take a chance and upgrade to Win. 7. I’m not going any higher than that because I’ve not heard good things.

  • Kris Dee

    I am still running Vista (Home and Premium) on two machines (and they run as good and fast and stable as Windows 7), and I do not plan to get Windows 10 (or 8 or 7), ever.

    That being said, I suppose I will start using Opera more. Thanks to the Opera people for their nice browser (I’ve used it now and then, although not very regularly).

  • Igniz

    For all the people having trouble installing opera on XP: Do not try to use the online installation. Search on google: Opera ftp. You can download the 36.0.2130.80 version there.
    This is the direct link:
    https://ftp.opera.com/pub/opera-winxpvista/
    That one works just fine on windows XP

    Remember that you also need to download the PPAPI version of adobe flash player to use on opera, and the online installer tends to fail to work somehow! so here’s another useful link:

    https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html

    Just pick the latest version under -Flash Player archives- and you’ll get all the versions. Check the folders to get the PPAPI version. (just open the folder that doesn’t have “debug” in it’s name. Inside, pick the installer with “winpep” in it’s name)

    Hope this helps!

  • Adrian Troalic

    I’ve installed it on an XP system, yes, version 36… but why does it use sooooo much memory? I have 4 gbs of ram i total, I have maybe 12 tabs up and it’s almost at 80% ram used, wtf, at that percentage I can run 60-70+ tabs in Chrome and it will still function properly….this is so unstable!
    Hotmail using almost 300 mbs of ram in my Inbox, seriously?
    How come every competitor for Chrome is so bad? I tried Firefox before this and all it did was crash, every friggin time I left it and came back to the laptop it had crashed, something to do with the plugin container…..all I was doing, and with Opera, was trying to get it to function like Chrome, because you’d left out things from it that are useful…now I’m guessing that you’re never going to add these functions because you’ve left us XP users with a build that’s how many builds from the latest, for Windows 10 etc.., and yet, you’re apparently one of the only ones that are keeping us in the loop….apparently….

    • Adrian Troalic

      Oh, and I love the extension store message every time I want to add another to the browser, update to the latest build to get it to work….seriously, why would you try and freak the users that aren’t that computer literate with such a stupid message? Do you want people to use this browser or not?

    • Adrian Troalic

      Oh my days, I’ve just recovered from an ‘Out Of Memory’ crash, with 23 tabs up, are you kidding me, seriously, you leave us with a bashed up, out of date browser that’s full of bugs, and you call this ‘support’ for us XP users????
      This is meant to be your moment of glory, to steal the limelight off of Chrome and Firefox, to show everyone that you have the most stable, user friendly browser, on multiple platforms, and you’ve failed guys, you’ve absolutely failed!
      23 tabs from 4Gbs worth of ram, wtf.

      • audiodistorted

        Do you have flashplayer installed? Any addons? I also use Opera 36 but on Vista. It’s light maybe because I dont have any addons. I only have 2 gb ram.

        Even on an xp netbook with 1 gb ram, Opera is lighter than Firefox. Perhaps it’s because I have flashplayer plugin for Firefox installed.

        • Adrian Troalic

          Of course, I have loads of sites that still use flash, and I don’t know what the deal is with browsers not wanting flash to be used….

          • audiodistorted

            Oh yes for XP you need flash to play web media since XP has no Windows Media foundation. If only support for webm online is strong then no need for flashplayer on XP.

      • audiodistorted

        Have you tried Yandex? The last version for XP/Vista used Chromium 56 I think. The installation is bloated though. But it runs and feels light. I dont know where you can get the installer for XP/Vista though. Maybe their online installer will detect your OS?

        • audiodistorted

          Why cant Opera use Chromium 56 backported by Yandex to replace Chromium 49? At least backport latest Chromium once a year for XP/Vista please.

          • Adrian Troalic

            Actually there are many browsers out now that are using the Chromium template, so why doesn’t Opera? Who knows…

          • audiodistorted

            Last Chromium to support XP/Vista was 49. Later versions need to be backported and that takes time and manpower.

            Yandex has tab ram management. Check it out. You can view ram usage of each tab and you can adjust how much ram is used. Try using the online installer and see if it’ll download the correct package for XP/Vista.

      • Adrian Troalic

        …and another crash from Opera!!!
        It managed to freeze my laptop completely this time….crazy!

        • audiodistorted

          There’s an option in Settings to adjust startpage for slow hardware. Did you enable that?

          Did you enable submission of crash and usage reports so they’ll get info about those crashes?

    • XP

      HI..I had same problem with my XP .. IT IS NOT OPERA PROBLEM…IT’s XP Problem and the memory management which was the only bad point of XP…
      Try to change the pf file to system manage…
      its at – my computer-Advanced-performance settings- advanced-virtual memory
      or put more memory, at most 4 gb… Xp cannot see more than 3,5 gb anyway…

      • Adrian Troalic

        I’m an IT Technician and know about XP not seeing the full 4 gbs of ram, but it’s the fact that I can open, and am currently running the latest build on Chrome on a laptop with the exact same spec as the one running Opera, I can run over 100 tabs in Chrome but yet on the other laptop I can only run a little over 20 tabs and get the message that it’s run out of memory, or that currently I’m using 85% of ram, yet on the other laptop I’m running over 100 tabs and am currently using 75% of ram….what’s up with that? A programming problem is an understatement! And yet, Opera browser is getting publicised as the only browser that’s able to support XP, yet it’s only the build that has all these bugs that we can use….wtf

        • XP

          If you are IT then you probably know lot more things than XP memory management… But just for joking if i had 100 tabs open i couldnt remember what link every tab contains so why to expect my computer memory to remember 100 tabs opened… Hardly to use 4 tabs…
          Anyway im very satisfied from opera i nstead of other browsers i have used in past..
          Microsoft must make an updated Internet explorer for XP and MSE too..
          but of course how they get more money if they do that….

          • audiodistorted

            MSE doesn’t auto update on XP anymore but you can manually update using mpam-fe

  • audiodistorted

    The audio (speech) is distorted, unintelligible and out of sync with video in Opera 36 on Vista SP2 x86. No issue in Firefox. I dont have flashplayer.

    You need a Philippine IP to watch after registering. Site uses jwplayer 7.10.2. In the past, there was no issue with audio.

    http://www.iwantv.com.ph/tv/show/A-Love-to-Last/Episode-May-26-2017?s=6379&e=142727

  • audiodistorted

    Yahoo mail is forcing me to use classic!

    Videonest player wont play. It plays fine in Firefox. Video isnt mine.

    http://videonest.net/embed-827vdfnxg4f6-650×370.html

    • audiodistorted

      Popunder open full screen windows! They cover the Windows task bar! No such behavior in IE or Firefox!

      You shouldve added an ad blocker in Opera 36!

  • audiodistorted

    Interesting. Someone from Opera removed my posts about non-working embed player, full screen pop unders and sites broken in Opera 36. Censorship and damage control? Pathetic.