Windows 7 still has a substantial user base even though it has now been overtaken by Windows 10. Most of the big publishers still actively support Win 7 and update their software for that platform.
That might change a bit when Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7 but for now, most of the big software publishers continue to support that platform.
So, there’s no shortage of compatible web browsers for Windows 7. Win 7 users can take their pick from the crème de la crème of the browsing crop. These are the best browsers for Windows 7.
UR is not a big name browser for Windows 7, but it packs in everything most users will need from a browser plus a little more besides. This is the new software that’s still in beta, but it’s already a polished bit of kit.
UR is one of the few browsers that incorporates a built-in antivirus scanner, VPN, and ad-blocker. The browser also boasts fast download speeds thanks to its advanced parallel tech.
UR is a Chromium browser that has a similar UI design to Google Chrome. In fact, this browser is a little like a Mach 2 version of Google’s flagship browser.
It has a comparable streamlined design, and the browser’s Settings tab looks much the same as the one in Chrome. Furthermore, UR also shares Chrome’s vast extension repository. So, there are plenty of add-ons for UR!Editor's recommendation
Google Chrome is most users’ favorite browser for Windows 7 and other platforms. For starters, Chrome is one of the fastest browsers even though it can hog system resources.
It is a straightforward browser with a streamlined and intuitive UI design that supports all the latest HTML5 web technologies.
Chrome is among the most customizable browsers thanks largely to its vast extension and theme repository. Furthermore, this is also one of the best multiplatform browsers as users can sync Chrome’s tabs, extensions, and bookmarks across devices.
So, do you really need to check out some of the other alternatives?
Download Google Chrome, here.
Opera is a Windows 7 browser that scores highly for originality and features. Even though it’s a Chromium browser, Opera has a unique UI design with a Speed Dial page and sidebar that users can pin shortcuts to and other handy options.
The browser includes a few handy tools that Chrome doesn’t, such as its built-in converters, Power saver option for laptops, Instant Search bar, and screenshot utility for pages.
Furthermore, Opera’s integrated ad-blocker can remove lots of ads to speed up browsing. In addition, users can add both Opera and Chrome extensions to the browser.
Download Opera, here.
Mozilla gave Firefox a new lease of life with its Quantum update. That was a big update that made Fox a faster browser, revamped its UI, and added some extra new tools to it. Users can select Take a screenshot, Copy Link, Email Link, and Send Tab to Device options on its Page Actions menu.
Firefox has also been among the most customizable browsers as users can rearrange its toolbar and add new themes to the browser via its Customize Firefox tab and configure fonts from its Options tab. Furthermore, there are plenty of great extensions for Firefox with which users can further customize the browser.
Another great thing about Mozilla Firefox is that it’s a more lightweight and system resource efficient browser than Chrome. Mozilla boasts that its flagship browser’s RAM utilization is 30 percent less than that of Chrome. Thus, Firefox is a better browser for Windows 7 desktops and laptops with lower system specifications.
Download Mozilla Firefox, here.
Vivaldi is a browser with a similar UI design to Opera that packs in customization and tab management options which few other browsers can match. The Vivaldi browser is one for power users as it includes customization options for most of its visual elements, hotkeys, Start Page, and window.
For tab management, Vivaldi includes options for grouping and tiling tabs; and users can also move the tab bar to the side of the window. Users can also add Chrome extensions to Vivaldi, which is another big bonus.
Download Vivaldi, here.
Those are five of the best Windows browsers that Win 7 users can utilize. None of the latest versions of those browsers are compatible with XP.
However, Google, Mozilla, and co might carry on supporting those browsers on Windows 7 for a few years after 2020.
Speaking of Windows 7, there are many things to take into consideration before upgrading your OS. For example, Microsoft says you should not install Windows 10 on your old Windows 7 computer due to hardware limitations. Instead, the company suggests buying a brand new computer.
Moreover, the migration process is different for every user, especially for business users. For more information on how to safely migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10, check out our wide collection of guides.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2018 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.