How to Enable Cookies on Windows XP

Updated April 17, 2017

Cookies are small files that get put into your computer by the websites you visit. They contain information such as your search preferences. Some websites do not allow you to see their site unless cookies are enabled. If you are using Windows XP, this is a very easy task.

Turn on your computer, make sure the Internet connection is working and open an Internet Explorer window.

Click on "Tools" in the toolbar and select "Options." This will open the Internet Options window.

Click on the tab labelled "Privacy." You should then see a slider bar, along with options on what setting to place the slider on.

If your bar is set to "Block all Cookies," "High" and even sometimes "Medium High," your computer will not allow cookies to be added to your system. Setting your zone to "Medium" will allow most cookies and it will give you the ability to block or allow certain cookies manually. You can also choose "Low" or "Accept All Cookies," which will allow cookies to be added to your system without having to manually allow them to be added.

Once you have selected the appropriate setting for your zone, click "Apply" to save and then click "Ok" to close the window.


No matter what your cookie setting is, be sure to clear your cookies weekly by going to the "Delete Browser History" section and deleting the stored cookies.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Internet Explorer
  • Internet connection
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Faith Lawless has been a journalist for years and she is currently covering the makeup site for, where she gives advice and information on current trends and styles in the cosmetic industry. Lawless also holds an A.A.S in CIS/networking and security management from ECPI College of Technology, as well as a B.A in intelligence studies from American Military University.