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Spring Cleaning/Upgrade Time: Opera 51 the Best Choice?

  • After a pretty awful experience attempting to modernize my Opera installation to Opera 50 that forced me to roll back to Opera 42 I've had peaceful, problem-free usage of my Opera browser.

    But now I'm getting more of those "Your browser is out of date" messages, so I'm ready to try again.

    Not giving Opera 50 a retry after that nightmare, but so many complaints about newer versions, especially the memory issues that I fear the most.

    After more than two hours reading through the complaints it looks like going to the last stable release of Opera 51 might be my best bet, except for some video playback complaints that seemed to have been resolved by disabling Opera's hardware acceleration.

    Just posting this to get any last-minute updates before taking the plunge.

    Thanks in advance.

    PS

    Just an observation: my Chrome has always been up to date, but I can't remember any notable issues aside from a little memory hoggishness that really hasn't been too bad, except running in tandem with Opera, which is still my desktop browser of choice because of it's integrated functions (done by extensions now, but the extensions--like sidebar note-taking--are there because the original Opera was so integrated)

    And pre-Chromium Opera was the only browser that had a clue about respecting system resources, so I stayed loyal.

    Why so many complaints with the new (maybe not improved?) Opera?

  • You don't indicate what version on Windows you are using... also, 53 would be the current version.

  • @sgunhouse

    Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

    Not doing Opera 53 for sure, far too many complaints in the forum.

    Finding Opera upgrading to be a lot like Windows upgrading: never upgrade until there's been at least one major patch released, and probably best to use the "last known good" of a major version number, in this case 51.0.2830.55.

    Sticking with Windows 8 for that reason, so many complaints about Windows 10--especially some major goof-ups with Windows Updates--but my Windows 8 installation is fairly stable.

    Thanks.

  • @haleba you can't guarantee anything with any upgrade. There are always some users who run into horrendous issues. All you can do is compare the number of reported issues in one version compared to another. The same happens with the other browsers if you peruse their forums (I mostly use Firefox and Opera).

    I'm fully up-to-date on Opera and Windows 10 with no observed issues. But I'm aware that there have been some big problems. All you can do is try it and see.

  • You can always download the last Opera Stable from the right side of https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/. Then, launch the installer, click "options", set "install path" to a folder on your desktop, set "install for" to "standalone installation" and install. That way, you can test that version without affecting your regular Opera. If everything is fine, you can launch the installer again, set "install path" to your normal Opera location and choose to upgrade your normal Opera. Then, when you're done testing with the standalone installation, you can delete it.