The problem is, more and more popular software and installers now routinely build expecting SSE2 to be present,and even oftentimes not warning nor checking properly the actual processor features present - therefore, crashing ungracefully while attempting to run/install on non-SSE2 capable systems
One goal of this topic - which might be made a sticky thread, if eventually catches enough visits / replies -
is to discuss the situation and possible workarounds : list last versions of software, esp. browsers, that
can be installed and operated without requiring SSE2 (even if some functions will then be crippled or disabled).
This will help people avoid the downloading of software versions either dysfunctional or even crashing their systems despite claimed compatibility to their OS versions (compatibility claims seldom take this particular aspect in account) !
The idea has come to me from losing my installed Chrome 34 (hardware crash, no backup of the particular software!). I was - wrongly - confident I knew how to download older versions of the Chrome browsers from Google, alas! they changed their minds, and now, apparently, it is no more possible !
I /love/ Chrome - though hating how they force "upgrades", especially as they fall into the aforementioned category of developers who couldn't even be bothered to properly /check/ for the presence of SSE2 and let their apps/installers just /crash/ under you. Oh , well ! Does anybody have a working link to Chrome 34 for Win32 ( many results by popular search engines are NO GOOD : they will invariably download the NEW
Google installer which in turns will download the newest, crashing, version from Google's servers).
What other precompiled browsers, including Chromium (last version to NOT require SSE2 ?) ?
Other, possibly non webkit based, nice modern browsers ?
Meanwhile I'm posting using Firefox 10 ESR, which I really hate - almost as much as I hate MSIE !
Edited by Ninho, 18 September 2015 - 08:18 AM.