Configure Windows XP to run Weather Watcher

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in 2014. However, most features of Weather Watcher will still work if you follow these steps to configure Windows XP:

  1. Install Internet Explorer 8 from here. This is the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for Windows XP.

    Note: You should install Internet Explorer 8 even if you’re not using Internet Explorer as your primary web browser.

  2. Install all available Windows updates.

  3. Download this ZIP file (from this GitHub repository) and run the installers and REG files in order from 001 to 009. These changes will enable TLS 1.2 – allowing your computer to connect to websites (like NWS) that require connection using the latest security protocols.

    Note: Some of the Microsoft installers will suggest rebooting at the end of the installation. Do so each time you’re prompted.

    Note: The REG files will configure settings in the Windows registry. You should see a success notification pop up when double clicking those files.

  4. Enable TLS in Internet Explorer by doing the following:

    • Click “Tools” → “Internet Options” in the top menu

    • Click the “Advanced” tab

    • Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings and check the boxes “Use TLS 1.1” and “Use TLS 1.2”

  5. Install Weather Watcher 7.2.263 (or higher). The current Weather Watcher installer can be downloaded here.

Even after these updates are installed, the following Weather Watcher features will not work:

  • The radar map does not display in the main Weather Watcher window. You could click “Settings” at the bottom of that window and set the “Map Image Link” to a map image of your choice.

  • The map does not display when adding new weather stations. Google Maps (the maps used by Weather Watcher) no longer works in IE on Windows XP.

  • The map does not display in the Local Observations window. It’s also using Google Maps.

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