This stupid website doesn't like my operating system, help me trick it
April 17, 2006 9:05 PM   Subscribe

I'm currently using a computer with Windows x64 as its operating system and I need to log into a tax website to file my taxes, but the website does not support my operating system. I've tried Firefox, IE, and Opera, so it is definitely the operating system. Is there a plugin for any of the above mentioned browsers that will identify my operating system as plain ol' vanilla Windows XP?
posted by Mijo Bijo to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
 
Try this firefox extension: User Agent Switcher

If the site absolutely refuses to use anything but Internet Explorer (even if you use the above extension to spoof it), then you might try looking for a user agent switcher for internet explorer.
posted by odinsdream at 9:20 PM on April 17, 2006


Just to clarify, if all you want to do with the above is change the operating system to 32bit Windows, go to the Options for the extension, and from the User Agents page, edit the Platform to Win32 from, I assume Win64? I don't have access to a 64bit installation to verify that, though.
posted by odinsdream at 9:24 PM on April 17, 2006


If it's TurboTax.com, you need to use IE. They're a complete pain in that regard. I was left "waiting" on several screens for 2-3 minutes with Firefox.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 9:28 PM on April 17, 2006


beaucoupkevin, really? I was able to very smoothly complete and file my forms using Firefox!
posted by trip and a half at 9:51 PM on April 17, 2006


there should be a 32-bit version of IE you can run tucked away in the start menu somewhere.
posted by reishus at 9:52 PM on April 17, 2006


Another thumbs up from me for TurboTax + Firefox. It was wonderful.
posted by mmascolino at 9:53 PM on April 17, 2006


damn, that came off badly. I'm not accusing you of lying or anything... I'm just surprised we had such different experiences.
posted by trip and a half at 9:53 PM on April 17, 2006


Seriously, I sat and waited and waited and waited. Using 1.5.0.2 and I got the waiting graphic for long stretches, screens wouldn't load, etc. Restarted the browser twice, no joy, so I switched to IE and burned through.

Yes, I did feel a little dirty.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 10:30 PM on April 17, 2006


Not only did I use TurboTax w/ Firefox, I did it on a Mac! How's that for Web 2.0!
posted by neustile at 5:23 AM on April 18, 2006


Any other major problems with Win64? I keep thinking of upgrading my laptop OS but haven't had the time/cash to pick up the 64 bit OS yet. If simple things like TurboTax fail - because of a dumb UA checker on their end, not because it won't work - then what else is going to act up on me?
posted by caution live frogs at 6:26 AM on April 18, 2006


Thank you for the answers. I had forgotten that I had a Live CD of a Linux distribution with Firefox on it. I had used TurboTax in the past with Linux without any problems and had no problems this time.

As far as the TurboTax website having issues with FF, I've never had a problem the two times I've used them with FF as my browser. That could be your end or you were using the site when they were having technical difficulties.

caution live frogs: I did a switch after upgrading a motherboard and CPU and unfortunately Windows x64 does not automatically carry over your previous settings or programs, I'm thinking of reverting this computer back to plain ol' Windows XP until Microsoft gets their act in order. If you do make the switch, make sure there is a 64 bit driver for your video card, there isn't one for the video card in this computer and the graphics are horrible because it is using the default VGA driver.

I'm a Linux guy, I've just been helping a friend out with his computer. If I had my way, this computer would be running a 64 bit distribution of Linux, but alas, not everyone can see the light. :)

Thank you again to everyone for all of the responses.
posted by Mijo Bijo at 8:02 PM on April 18, 2006


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