Windows 8.1 is here and Google Chrome is going to be one of the first apps that you are going to install. I did the same thing after installing the new Windows 8.1 Operating system. I installed Chrome on Win 8.1 and then wrote this guide to help all those who needs chrome on Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 Chrome App Download
When Microsoft announced the Developer Preview of Windows8.1, the first thing I wanted to do was to get it working on a PC here and try Google Chrome on Windows 8.1. It took me a while to finish those 2Gigs of download, but finally, I have Chrome working on Windows8.1.
Installing Chrome on Windows 8.1 was pretty simple, and almost 100% similar to how you will do it on Windows7. Opened up IE10 that comes with Windows 8.1, (probably first and last time 😉 ) to download Chrome and run the file after the download.
The Installation & “Smart Screen Cannot Be Reached Now” Error
Chrome for windows xp and 7 will work fine on windows 8.1. Download it from google.com/chrome and start your installation. But there is a small chance for this “smart screen” error to show up, which we will discuss in this article.
When you download the file you have the option to set Chrome as your default browser. This is selected by default. Un-check if you want to keep IE or any other browser as your default.
Now, run the set up file and here you might face an small problem. I got an error message or warning while trying to run Chrome set up file. It said “smart screen cannot be reached now”
All you need to do is click on “More Info” on that screen and then select “run anyway” . That’s it, Chrome will download the rest of the set up file and install it. If you find any issues doing that you can always download the full set up file and install it.
Once you have Chrome installed, you will be asked to “Sign In To Chrome” to use the “Chromesync”. If you have this enabled on your other PCs, you will get all your extensions,settings,theme and bookmarks etc on your Windows8.1 install of Chrome just by signing in.
Add Chrome Tile on Home Screen of Windows 8.1
So, you got Chrome installed on Windows 8.1. Next thing that you will need is to have the Chrome app’s tile showing up on your home screen where Internet Explorer is now. It is really easy. Chrome will be on the right end of your screen now. Scroll to the end and find it. Now, click and drag it all the way to the beginning of the screen place it wherever you want!
Chrome on Windows 8.1 feels very similar to the windows 7 experience, save for the new animations that they have added for all apps while opening the window, minimizing it or closing it. I am still looking for Windows 8.1 specific tips for Chrome, and you will see more updates soon.
But again, this is just a developer preview for now and things that we see here may not be the final version of it. Hopefully, we will see a lot of things changing before Windows 8.1 makes it to the final release.
A Few More Things on Chrome for Windows 8.1
I noted one issue with Chrome app on Windows 8.1. Audio Fades or Stops While Running Chrome Windows 8.1 Metro App In Background.
Here is one tip that you can use – Chrome Metro Mode on Windows 8.1 – How To Enable and Disable
Any questions or anything that you want me to try on Windows 8.1 for you?