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Skype for Web on Windows XP and Windows Vista

At the end of March 2019, developers have stopped supporting classic Skype and require users to upgrade to the latest version. The biggest problem is that Skype 8 does not support Windows XP and Windows Vista, which means that many users have lost contact with friends, for example, if they have an old computer or they cannot update the operating system.

For example, when you try to start the Skype 8 installer on Windows XP, the following error occurs:
This program does not support the version of Windows your computer is running
This program does not support the version of Windows your computer is running

Also, an error occurs if you try to open Skype for Web:
Browser not supported
Browser not supported
Use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome to access Skype for Web experience.
Alternatively, download Skype on your desktop computer.

Thus, considering that Skype 7 no longer works, officially users can no longer use Skype on Windows XP and Windows Vista. Nevertheless, unofficially, we can use Skype for Web on these operating systems, and I will teach you how to do it, but first of all I want to warn you:

ATTENTION!

  • Using old software significantly reduces the security of your computer. Therefore, I strongly recommend upgrading the OS as soon as possible.

  • To use Skype, you need to outsmart the official site, so that it “thinks” that you are using a modern browser and OS.

  • This is not an official way, which means that no one can guarantee neither proper work nor long-term support. That is, tomorrow it may stop working.

And so, to use Skype for the Web on Windows XP or Windows Vista, you need:
  1. Download and install Chrome 49.0.2623.112 (it is an outdated version, but it is the latest version supported for Windows XP and Vista).

  2. Download web.skype.com.lnk or create a new shortcut on desktop by pointing to the following path:
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/73.0.3683.103 Safari/537.36" https://web.skype.com/

  3. Be sure to close Chrome, double-click the new shortcut, and enjoy Skype.
    Skype for Web on Windows XP

I tested Skype for Web on Windows XP and I did not encounter any problems while chatting and transferring files. I also managed to make audio calls and video calls, but noticed several times that the call button did not respond and I had to restart the browser.

Additional tips:
  • If you still get the “Browser Not Supported” error message, be sure to close Chrome before launching the new shortcut. If this does not help, run the CreateWebSkypeLNK.vbs script that will automatically create the necessary shortcut on your desktop.

  • Change the icon of the shortcut: download icon, right click on the shortcut, choose “Properties”, press “Change icon”, and specify path to the downloaded icon.

  • Hide the warning about the outdated version of Chrome by adding an --disable-infobars to the shortcut path.

  • Instead of a shortcut, you can install an extension for Chrome, that allows you to fake User Agent string. This can be more convenient because it allows you to replace the string only for certain domains.

  • Instead of Chrome, you can use Firefox 52.9.0 by adding Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/73.0.3683.103 Safari/537.36 for general.useragent.override in about:config. But, according to my tests, it loads the processor at 100% and the OS becomes unusable.

I would appreciate any comments with details, if you managed to start Skype for Web, and if so, on which OS and what features do you use. I want to thank all users who help other visitors by sharing their knowledge. I would like to express special gratitude to Alex, Enhashe, PolarBear, Tomzo, Serg, Uncle Misha, and others.

61 comments

  1. 1 +1 0
    stefy (karma: +12),
    No, nothing works .... you can explain me clearly thanks

    [Updated ]
    the web.skype.com.down file asks me what it should be opened with .... ?? And try searching the web to figure out how to open it .....

    [Updated ]
    Yes, well OK !!!! It works OK, but the web.skype.com file works if it is downloaded with Firefox, if it is downloaded with Chrome the file doesn't look right to me! Thanks win xp SP3 many thanks !!

    [Updated ]
    Does the web.skype.com file contain no virus or haker? All clean? Many thanks!
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      Hi! Thank you for your comment. Indeed, on Chrome it is saved as "web.skype.com.download", but it should be "web.skype.com.lnk" (so you can rename it manually). By the way, this file is a regular shortcut pointing to Chrome.exe, and you can create it yourself in accordance with the instructions.
      1. 0 0 0
        Stefy (karma: +12),
        Many thanks, I understand, and sorry but I'm not very experienced, but I can solve! Greetings
      2. 0 0 0
        Stefy (karma: +12),
        XPsp3 with Google chrome = I can use skaipe from web, but the sharing of the screens does not work .... so the webcam does not work both for me and for my friends friends ..... I can perfectly see my webcam try online, but with users it doesn't work .... I have not tried Firefox ..... is it a browser problem that does not transmit and receive the webcam?
    2. 0 0 0
      Rainbow Computers (karma: 0),
      I managed to get this working on a customers computer tonight.

      I highly suggest you forget about downloading the link, and just 'create a new shortcut' on the desktop, and insert EVERYTHING from the %ProgramFiles onward.

      CLOSE Chrome as the instructions say, even go so far as to open task manager and ensure there are NO stray processes.

      At that time double click on the new Skype link, it'll open a microsoft account page, if you're logged in you'll be able to click through, otherwise log in and boom, it'll be working.
  2. 0 0 0
    Mr X (karma: +9),
    In theory there may be another way around this however I am unsure it would work and there is a possibility if Microsoft detects it you may get your account banned for terms violation I assume or at least blocked out again as they patch such a loophole if it exists. Basically you just have to modify the version the version number information to match a supported version of Skype. There are several programs available several for free that claim they can modify version numbers and other program information even in closed source software. I should note if this works do not distribute this modified version or you will get Microsoft after you.

    Another option is running the Linux version of Skype using a virtual machine or something like Cooperative Linux.
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      The problem is that the new Skype uses a different protocol, so I think, first of all, the problem is that the old versions do not support new technologies. For example, so even if we were able to log in using Skype 6, we could not join group chats or transfer files.
      1. 1 +1 0
        Mr X (karma: +9),
        That may be true for my first alternative though my second method mention is viable for people who just want to keep using Skype and their unsupported operating system but find the web version not with enough features they need. I meant to say use the latest Linux version of Skype in a VM or Co-Linux run within Windows. I have no understanding how Cooperative Linux works though as I have never used it myself so I can't explain further and am not 100% sure if that's what the software is capable of but I am 100% sure on the virtual machine. Sorry for any confusion.
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1140),
          Sorry sir, I thought you meant the old version in both cases. In this case, this is a really good point. At least because users can install Linux on old computers that cannot be upgraded to newer versions of Windows.
          1. 0 0 0
            Mr X (karma: +9),
            Some people are quite attached to Windows XP and use it even if they hardware that can handle a new Windows OS. I haven't heard many praise Windows Vista though. Of course if their hardware is very lacking in specs to where a VM or Co-Linux is not an option they may have to do a dual boot with Linux and their XP or Vista instead which of course would be a hassle having to reboot every time they want to use one OS or the other.
        2. 0 0 0
          Stefy (karma: +12),
          I ask for WIN xp sp3 which VM to install? Any links? Does it exist in Italian? And which version of Linux do you recommend? I'm not very experienced but I always manage to fix everything .... Thanks
          1. 0 0 0
            Mr X (karma: +9),
            I'm not experienced with virtual machines or Windows XP. I had trouble finding results because usually it's XP in a virtual machine people do rather than a virtual machine with XP as the host but so far out of what I found I think VMware Workstation can work on XP at least certain versions of the VM can. This is a handy comparability check their site has.
            https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
            If you can find one that works I suggest using a Linux distribution that is small in size if you don't have a lot pf ram to spare.
            1. 1 +1 0
              Bogdan (karma: +10),
              Hello !

              VMware 10 is known to work on Windows XP, at least on the Professional x64 version of Windows XP.

              VirtualBox, up until very recent version 6, works in Windows XP. Unlike VMware, VirtualBox is free. (-:

              Good luck !
  3. 1 0 1
    Anysz (karma: 0),
    Hi, does it work anymore? I am opening WebSkype through the shortcut in Chrome but it says "browser not supporting".
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      Hello! Yes, it works. Just make sure to close Chrome before launching the new shortcut.
  4. 0 0 0
    Stefy (karma: +12),
    I ask the users of skype web that use Win xp sp3 with Chrome browser if the Webcam works ?? ... The online video test works, but the webcam / screen sharing with users / friends does not work ..... Thanks

    [Updated ]
    Sorry I forgot to mention that I use it "web.skype.com.lnk" By Karma TKS
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      Video calls are working only for web-to-web calls. That is, it won't work if your friend don't use Skype for Web.
      1. 0 0 0
        stefy (karma: +12),
        Ahhhhh ok !!!! Godd TKS !

        [Updated ]
        OK with XPsp3 Chrome video calls work, but the CPU always comes to 100% and everything crashes ...... Chrome problem or is it normal that using Skaip web you block everything
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1140),
          I faced the same issue on Firefox, but not on Chrome. I do not know what the problem is, but try to create a new Chrome profile and use it to access Skype. If it doesn't help, try to install the Maxthon browser.
  5. 0 0 0
    Falcon (karma: +20),
    Hi,

    I installed Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112 and created a shortcut precisely with the modified user agent string. Starting the shortcut link opens the newly installed browser. The Skype login screen appears fine and I can give in my username and password. Then a title appears: Logging into Skype, please be patient, finally I get to a white browser screen. (I can send the source if you need it.)

    I checked my useragent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/73.0.3683.103 Safari/537.36

    OS: Windows Vista Ultimate, SP2

    Any idea how to get it working?

    Thank you!
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      Hello! Are you sure that you are using Chrome 49.0.2623.112? I mean, do you see it on the "About" section?

      By the way, some users say that Skype for Web works properly on Maxthon 5.2.7.2000 without changing the user agent. Chan you check it please?
      1. 0 0 0
        Falcon (karma: +20),
        Hi! Yes, I am absolutely sure. I opened Help, About box and typed the version from there.

        I will check Maxthon as well (tomorrow) and will write back soon. :-)

        Thanks for the advice!
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1140),
          In this case I do not know what could be the problem. Anyway, a nice try would be checking various user agents of Chrome 73 for different operating systems.

          As for Maxthon, I'll be waiting for good news only ;)
          1. 0 0 0
            Falcon (karma: +20),
            Hi,

            Now I got back and had some time to continue the previous test. Before installing Maxthon I removed all cookies for Skype(.com) in my browser and deleted the download history and downloaded files as well. https://web.skype.com started at once, no more white screen anymore.

            Now I can use Skype with Vista again.

            Thank you for the guide! :-))
            1. 0 0 0
              Administrator (karma: +1140),
              I'm glad to hear good news from you. You're welcome!
              1. 1 +1 0
                Falcon (karma: +20),
                Another plus information that could cause my problem and I forgot to mention.

                Years ago I had made some changes to the Windows hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) to completely block Skype adverts and social media annotations.

                127.0.0.1 apps.skype.com
                127.0.0.1 secure.skypeassets.com
                127.0.0.1 ad-emea.doubleclick.net


                Now I've disabled the first two lines because of the mentioned white screen. I've restarted the browser (after the cache and cookie deletions) and since then everything is fine.

                Maybe this will be useful for someone else too.

                :-)
                1. 0 0 0
                  Administrator (karma: +1140),
                  Well, I'm pretty sure that this solved your problem. Thank you for sharing.
            2. 0 0 0
              Lina (karma: +11),
              Hi Falcon,

              May I know that what version of Maxthon that you have got? I have tried to install it but it says that is not compactible with my 32 bit vista..

              I have the last version of Chrome and Firefox for vista too but none of them work...

              Thanks,
              Lina
              1. 0 0 0
                Falcon (karma: +20),
                Hi Lina,

                Sorry, but I don't have Maxthon, because I managed to fix the problem with Chrome (49.0.2623.112).

                Web.skype.com works even with Slimjet (10.0.13.0 (Based on Chromium 50.0.2661.75)) with Vista 32 bit. Slimjet is my favourite browser because it has got a dozen built-in properties that Chrome has not.

                So you don't need Maxthon. Use Chrome or Slimjet this extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/user-agent-switcher/dbclpoekepcmadpkeaelmhiheolhjflj

                Don't try to download the most recent Chrome version, because it is not compatible with Vista as you mentioned as well. As for Firefox: just forget it and uninstall any versions... its a memory leaking, extremely slow and obsolete browser by now. It was fast and useable 10 years ago.

                Good luck!

                [Updated ]
                Fix: "Use Chrome or Slimjet WITH this extension"
  6. 0 0 0
    stefy (karma: +12),
    I want to stay with XP because otherwise I would have to change "Internet key / printer / scanner / etc etc ... so ok. I tried Maxton: it worked for a few times as a skype from the web, but then it started to come out as entry: Unsupported browser. Thanks for the VM information ..... this is complicated for me then ..... I continue to use Skype Web to the "Karma" system. In principle, I don't like Microsoft deciding on Cumputer to throw away and money to spend, to go to WIN 7 I should spend a total! Only for Sype ???? Noooo Blaaa uff ....... TKS to all!

    [Updated ]
    Yet I am convinced that a solution will soon come out of this website .....
  7. 0 0 0
    Vladimir Stanescu (karma: +3),
    Done in 30 seconds. Works flawlessly. Thank you. I have Avast Online Security (Free) installed on all my browsers and never had any problems. In my opinion, the "online threats" thing is just a policy to scare us into using the giant commercial platform/spyware called Windows 10. Thanks again.
  8. 0 0 0
    Lina (karma: +11),
    Hi, I have tried to login the web version of Skype via Chrome 49.0.2623.112 but it still says that it does not support this version of browser, any idea why this happens? Many thanks.
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      Hello Lina! Please read these comments and let me know if that helped you.
      1. 0 0 0
        Lina (karma: +11),
        Hi,

        Thank you fo your reply.

        Indeed I have read these comments and tried the same proceedure without success...

        I am using 32bit vista, and have also tried Maxthon which does not even want to be installed although the download page says that is for vista...

        Any idea?

        Thank you again,
        Lina
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1140),
          Try to create the shortcut by launching the CreateWebSkypeLNK.vbs script. Then close chrome and start the «web.skype.com» shortcut from your desktop.
      2. 0 0 0
        stefy (karma: +12),
        Lina, try to download the "karma" file with Mozilla Firefox, if you download it with Chrome it doesn't work .... well I had the same problems ..... contact "Karma administrator" of this forum, sure to indicate the right way bye from Italy.
    2. 0 0 0
      stefy (karma: +12),
      I try to help you: if you download the web.skype.com.lnk file with Chrome, you have to rename it like this: web.skype.com.lnk
  9. 0 0 0
    Scroge (karma: 0),
    Hi! Thank you very much for the suggested solution with Chrome. Worked very good on Vista. Now I can again use Skype.
  10. 0 0 0
    Shurer (karma: 0),
    Hi! Thanks, it is working! Google Chrome with this special shortcut are the solution for using WEB-Skype in my old notebook with Windows XP sp3.
  11. 0 0 0
    T Davies (karma: +3),
    Amazing! Downloaded the vbscript and it works! Thanks :-)
  12. 0 0 0
    stefy (karma: +12),
    I can't understand why when I enter Skype from WEb, for a few minutes the connection continues to load data ..... and the blue state wheel (busy-invisible, etc. etc.) continues to run ......
  13. 0 0 0
    Daniel (karma: 0),
    It worked great!.....made shortcut with command line provided on my desktop! Thanks ;-) Using Chrome on XP
  14. 0 0 0
    T.Molnard (karma: +3),
    I installed your shortcut. It takes me to web.skype.com I lauch a video call, I can talk to my partner, but can't see her. I see my own photo, full screen. The same with her, she sees her own photo.
    Any suggestions?
    Many thanks
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      Hello! As I said above, video calls are working only for web-to-web calls. That is, it won't work if your partner don't use Skype for Web.
  15. 0 0 0
    Maria (karma: 0),
    The downloaded file cannot be opened.
    web.skype.com.lnk
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      Please create shortcut manually or use the CreateWebSkypeLNK.vbs script.
  16. 0 0 0
    Alex (karma: 0),
    Thanks for the guide! However, Chrome seems to open to about:blank every time I click the shortcut. Navigating to Skype Web doen't do the trick, either, as the 'browser not supported' window pops up.
  17. 0 0 0
    bobbo (karma: +3),
    Very impressed. Retired, hobby is fixing old Thinkpads, most of which run XP, spent a lot of time trying to keep Skype, even switched to Hangouts only to find that too is disappearing, and this solution worked first time, out of the box. YEA!!!!!!!!!
  18. 0 0 0
    kamo (karma: 0),
    Verry good manual.. All working OK ;-)
  19. 0 0 0
    Bogdan (karma: +10),
    Another browser that supports Skype for Web well for Windows XP, including on older computers, is (Mozilla-based PaleMoon-based Basilisk-UXP-based) Serpent.

    It is a free and fast browser, which supports Windows XP and Windows Vista.

    It is included in Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 - Integral Edition (***).

    It has been uploaded here: *** (the link should work for 30 days, i.e. until 2019-06-08). It can be run from extracted folder without other installation procedure.

    Thank you for this guide !
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      Thank you for your comments. I’m very glad that you find it useful.

      Please excuse me for deleting your links, but I cannot allow any materials that potentially can harm inexperienced users. I always try to share only trusted or official info. For example, there is an official FTP server where anyone can download old versions of Basilisk browser: ftp://archive.palemoon.org/basilisk/
      1. 1 +1 0
        Bogdan (karma: +10),
        Thank you a lot for finding the official links !

        I had been unable to locate the official download site for the browser !

        I had also tried PaleMoon-based NewMoon. Unlike Basilisk, it did not seem to work well with Skype website on my computer.

        For either NewMoon or Basilisk, we have to change the UserAgent string.

        We open the about:config webpage. We right-click and Add New String value. The key should be general.useragent.override.skype.com and the value should be the user agent string for Chrome or Edge.

        (I do not have them handy right now.)

        Thanks again !!!
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1140),
          Also you can try Maxthon 5.2.7.2000 — it should work without changing the user agent.
  20. 0 0 0
    Gina Leibbrandt (karma: +15),
    Hi, I did download the chrome link and the shortcut for skype as on this site (no 1 and 2)
    Skype worked fine for a month but for the last 5 days I log into skype and then it just hangs it does not want to open
    - 3 blue dots that's all I get
    1. 0 0 0
      Administrator (karma: +1140),
      What is your Chrome version?
      1. 0 0 0
        Gina Leibbrandt (karma: +15),
        Hi I used the link on your website Chrome 49....... worked 100% and it suddenly did not want to connect anymore, I deleted and installed the same Chrome and skype link again but it still "hangs" just the 3 blue dots .

        [Updated ]
        Internet is very slow at the moment, could that be the problem?
        1. 0 0 0
          Administrator (karma: +1140),
          Yes, I think a slow connection may be problem. Anyway, you can try the Maxthon browser.
          1. 0 0 0
            Gina Leibbrandt (karma: +15),
            can download Maxthon browser,and just download skype again? or use the existing link I have at the moment? Unsure what to do.
            thanks,
            Gina

            [Updated ]
            I have downloaded Maxthon Browser but what do I do with it, how will this help me with skype?
            1. 0 0 0
              Administrator (karma: +1140),
              Just open the Skype for Web: http://web.skype.com/ (it should work without changing user agent).
              1. 0 0 0
                Gina Leibbrandt (karma: +15),
                Had no luck with Maxthon, deleted all the links .

                Re-installed chrome and web skype , no luck.
                Installed and deleted several times and suddenly it was working again.

                So all is good for the moment
                Thanks, Gina
                1. 0 0 0
                  Administrator (karma: +1140),
                  I'm glad you could fix it. Perhaps it was a temporary issue.

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