Looking for Google Chrome for Windows 10? Welcome to Chrome Story’s user manual for Google Chrome on Windows. This page has useful information about downloading, installing and configuring Google Chrome on Windows operating systems. This document covers Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7.
Note: Google Chrome is no longer officially supported on Windows XP
In the mean time, if you have any questions, drop them in the comments field and I will try to answer them!
Google Chrome for Windows 10
The newest version of Microsoft Windows is here. Windows 10 launches on July 29th, 2015 and Google Chrome for Windows 10 is already available. Why? The same Windows installer that we use for Windows 8 and Windows 7 works for the latest version for Windows too. Before we get started:
To download Google Chrome for Windows 10, go to google.com/chrome
Windows 10 is a huge update for Microsoft (and that’s why they skipped the number 9, to make the point). This is their effort to make Windows a platform in this multi-screen world and prepare it for the Internet of things era. There is even a new default browser named Edge (more on that later).
I downloaded and installed Windows 10 when it came out as a Tech Preview and started using Google Chrome on it right away. I completed the installation without any issues or errors. There are no surprises yet, apart from minor tweaks that come with Windows 10.
It will be interesting to watch the improvements that Google will bring to Chrome to make use of any new feature that Windows 10 offers to applications. Will they do something with the live tiles?
You can download the same Windows installer available at google.com/chrome to install Chrome on Windows 10. I could get Chrome working on my Windows 10 PC within minutes.
Metro Mode Google Chrome For Windows 10
Metro mode does not hide the Windows task bar, that is the only thing that I have noted so far. This affects the “Chrome OS Experience” on Windows.
This however is happening to other metro apps as well. So, this is not a Chrome bug.
Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 10
It is easy to make Google Chrome your default browser on Windows 10. Follow the simple instructions I have listed below or skip to the video that follows, whatever works for you the best!
Oh, and incase you were wondering, after upgrading to Windows 10, it changes your default browser to the new Edge browser. If you had Chrome or Mozilla Firefox before upgrade, you will see that Microsoft’s new brand new browser, Edge, will be your default browser after the upgrade.
Follow these steps:
- From the Start menu, go to Settings > System.
- Click Default Apps
- Scroll down to Web browser and click the + sign.
- Choose Google Chrome from the list.
Hope you have set Google Chrome as your default browser now. If you need additional information, here is Microsoft’s official article about changing default browsers.
After using Chrome on Windows 10, if you want to switch back to Edge, or any other browser, you can do it using the same method explained here. In the last step, select your new browser and make it the default app.
Google Chrome Slow on Windows 10
Here are some troubleshooting steps that you can try when Chrome starts working slow and loading pages slow. I have collected a bunch of fixes here. Try them out, I am sure one of these will work for you.
This guide is organized into operating system specific steps for Windows, Linux, OS X, and Chrome OS. Try steps listed in “All operating systems” section first before trying OS specific steps.
All Operating Systems
- Try the incognito window ( CTRL + SHIFT + N ). This launches Chrome without any extensions, if you haven’t enabled them on incognito mode). If Google Chrome is working better in this mode, the culprit is extensions. Try disabling them one by one and find out which one is the troublemaker.
- Go to Chrome Settings > Advanced Settings > Privacy and uncheck “Predict network actions to improve page load performance“. This seems to be helping in some cases. Give it a try.
- Try clearing browser data, history, cache etc from settings.
- Search for “Reset browser”. This will reset the Chrome profile to default settings.
- From chrome://flags, try resetting all flags to default.
- Open up the task manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc). Click the processes tab and look for something that looks like Browser Manager. If you have it, try googling for directions on how to remove it. Restart your computer after the uninstall. This should fix the issue for you.
- In the similar way, look for a program called BrowserProtect. Remove it, restart your computer and try again.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
- If you are using Chrome on Metro Mode, try relaunching it in desktop mode (Setting > Relaunch Chrome in Desktop Mode)
- Window 8.1: Right click on Chrome and choose properties. Next click on the tab that says compatibility. Check the checkbox that says run this program in compatibility mode and choose windows 8.
Google Chrome Slow to Start
If Google Chrome is slow on start up, here is something that you can try:
- Try disabling all the extensions, see if Chrome loads faster
- If you are opening Chrome with many tabs on launch, reduce them
- Try (temporarily) disabling your antivirus software and if it is showing any improvement.
- Check your list of software installed on the PC. If you find any suspicious software, (babylon etc) uninstall and restart your computer.
Delete “User Data”
This is bit tricky, but user jim38 on Google Help Forum has a solution that might help you. Be sure to take a bacukup of your bookmarks as explained here.
1. Choose Bookmarks/Bookmark Manager/Organize.
2. Export your bookmarks to an HTML file — somewhere you can find it.
3. Close Chrome.
4. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data (fill in your computer user name)
5. Right click on the User Data folder and rename it. I just add an X to the end of the name.
6. Restart Chrome, go to Bookmark Manager and import the bookmarks.
Questions Related to Windows 10 Chrome?
This article is my attempt to answer all the queries related to Google Chromecast on Windows 10 and also provide detailed instructions for you to download, install and set up Chrome on your Windows 10 computer.
If you have any questions that I have not covered here, please drop me a comment and I will be happy to help you find the answer.
Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge?
Microsoft has upped their browser game with all new browser, Edge. The browser leaves the Internet Explorer legacy and builds a new and modern browser from ground up. Initial responses to the Edge browser has been positive. Hence, we can safely assume that tough competition awaits for Google on the Windows platform.
People will definitely check out Edge when it comes with Windows 10. There are plenty of Internet Explorer lovers still around, and Edge will be a blessing for them.
For Chrome fans like you and me, we will still use Edge or IE to download Chrome on our new Windows 10 computers. We will have to wait and see how the reset of the world responds to this new competition.
Google Chrome 64-Bit for Windows 10
Chrome 64-Bit is available for download from Google. The Windows version of 64-Bit Chrome can be downloaded from the same page. Click Download Chrome for another platform and choose Windows 10/8.1/8/7 64-bit.
Chrome Does Not Recognize Touch in Windows 10
Touch screen issues with Chrome and Windows 10? try this:
- Go to chrome://flags
- Look for the flag Enable Touch Events
- Enable Enable Touch Events
- Restart Chrome.
Do you have any Windows 10 – Chrome related question? Drop a comment! If you have problems or issues related to Chrome on Windows 10, here is a collection of issues and workarounds.
Google Chrome for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Google Chrome is fully supported on Windows 8 and Windows 81. You will download the same version of Google Chrome that you use for Windows 10, and the installation steps are same as well.
Google Chrome is one of the first apps that any new Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 user might want to install on their computer. This is a resourceful article on how to get Chrome on Windows 8, install, set up, and customize it. I have included most frequently asked “How to” questions and their answers as well.
Download Google Chrome for Windows 8 from here. The Windows version of 64-Bit Chrome can be downloaded from the same page. Click Download Chrome for another platform and choose Windows 10/8.1/8/7 64-bit.
You can use the same Windows installer that you will use on Windows 7 to install Chrome on Windows 8 or 8.1 In fact, you can use the same installer for Windows 8 64 bit. Download it from google.com/chrome Now, is it free download? Yes. Google Chrome for Windows is a free download. You do not need to pay anything to download the app for your PC.
Install Google Chrome Windows 8 App
The Google Chrome app for Windows 8 can be downloaded from google.com/chrome. It is the same installer that you would use on any other Windows computer. Installation is easy and straightforward. However, I have written a detailed “how to” on this. Read it here: Download and Install Chrome App for Windows 8.1.
The article also explains how to fix the Installation & “Smart Screen Cannot Be Reached Now” error
Google Chrome for Windows 8 64 Bit
Google now offers Chrome 64 bit for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. This is currently available for developer channel (early experimental builds) and Canary (another experimental channel). Read all about it here.
Metro mode gives you a Chrome OS like environment within your Windows PC. It opens Chrome in Windows 8 mode, full screen and the Chromebook desktop environment. To enable Metro Mode on Windows 8, go to settings menu and select Relaunch Google Chrome in Metro Mode.
How to Disable Google Chrome Metro Mode on Windows 10
When you have Google Chrome on Metro Mode, click the settings icon, and choose “Relaunch in Desktop Mode“. This will restart Google Chrome in normal mode or desktop mode.
How to minimize Google Chrome in Windows 10?
Click the Settings icon on the top right corner to go to settings. And from there, click Relaunch in Desktop Mode. Google Chrome will now restart into the normal mode. This is your regular Google Chrome (non-metro mode). Alt+F is your keyboard shortcut. Hope you got that fixed!
How do I get Chrome on Windows 10 to Show in a Resizeable Window?
Same answer as above. Alt+F is your keyboard shortcut. Alternatively, choose Relaunch in Desktop Mode from the Settings menu (the bacon icon!).
How do I Exit Chrome Full Screen Mode on Windows 1o
Duh! Same answer again. You need to exit out of the Metro Mode. Press Alt + F.
Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 10
There are three different ways to make Google Chrome your default browser on Windows 8. Here is a detailed article explaining all three methods: Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 8.1
Google Chrome on Windows 8 and Pinch to Zoom
Pinch to Zoom is one of the most asked-for features of Google Chrome for Windows 8. This feature has been added to Google Chrome now. Enable the flag Enable Pinch flag to test this.
- Open chrome://flags/#enable-pinch on Google Chrome.
- From the dropdown list, select Enable
- Restart Google Chrome
- Try pinch to zoom now.
Chrome Windows Phone 10
Unfortunately, Google Chrome is not yet available for Windows Phone operating system. It is the same situation for Google Chrome on Windows RT. There is nothing much known about Google’s plans for releasing apps for Microsoft’s mobile platform. If there is any news of such plan, be assured that chromestory.com will report it for you!
Chrome OS Experience on Windows 10
The Metro Mode Chrome app on Windows 8 behaves just like Chrome OS. It gives an immersive experience within the Chrome UI.
To enable this, all you have to do is launch Chrome in Metro Mode (Alt + F). Here is what you get:
- Multiple windows, including incognito
- Re-size windows and move them around just like Chrome OS
- Apps menu
- Apps shelf (or the task bar)
- Settings menu on bottom-right-corner (where I get a Chrome OS like “restart to update” message), and a power down (!!) icon.
- A nice feeling, because I love Chrome OS.
This web page is not available” error with Chrome on windows 8
The Google Chrome team is aware of an issue that affects Google services on Chrome for Windows 8. You might see Google.com or Gmail giving you page not available error during twitter.com or facebook.com works. According to a Google employee,the team is aware of this issue. His exact words: we’re aware of bugs in Cisco SafeScan and Kaspersky that interact badly with a workaround in Chrome 33 for a different, third-party bug.
But there is a workaround too.
Uninstall Chrome from Windows Windows 10
You can easily get to the Uninstall a Program window easily by pressing the Windows key and typing Uninstall in the search box. Once you reach this screen, look for Google Chrome and click Uninstall against it.
Google Chrome on Windows 10 – Download
It is just the same Google Chrome browser that you download from google.com/chrome. The download and install went pretty smooth. I use Chromesync, so getting everything back, including my extensions and passwords was easy, and smooth.
When you start downloading, Google first gives you a small file, which starts downloading the complete installer. A sort of download manager. Once download is complete, you can double click the file file to start your installation.
Yes, we still have the “Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 Mode”. It gives us the Metro Mode Chrome, but this time on Windows 10, I still see the Windows Task Bar at the bottom.
I think that’s how Microsoft wanted it to look, because I can see the taskbar when I use other Metro apps. Maybe this is a bug that they are yet to fix?
I am yet to find anything Windows 10 specific for Google Chrome, but I’ll keep looking. That’ll give me a reason to use my PC once in a while.
Google Chrome for 64 Bit Windows 10
Google has released a 64 bit version of Google Chrome. You can download this version for your Windows 10 computer if you are using the 64 bit version of Windows. Find more details about 64 bit version here.
Offline Installer for Google Chrome on Windows 10
You can use the same Google Chrome Offline Installer that Google has released for Windows computers. The same installer is working for Windows 10 computers as well.
Upgrading from Windows 8.1
Upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 was pretty smooth. My Chrome was unaffected and I could start using right after my first login.
I would still recommend using Chromesync to back up your passwords, extensions and other important information before the upgrade. If you are not using Chromesync yet, here is the official article explaining Chromesync and its features.
Chrome on Windows 10 – The Experience
Windows 10 is a very solid version of Windows from Microsoft. The story of Chrome on Windows 10 is no different. It runs smoothly and the user interface of Windows 10 plays nice with Chrome’s UI. Chrome looks good and works neat too.
Google is yet to add any Windows 10 specific features to Chrome. For now, Chrome works smoothly on Windows. Since this version of Microsoft’s operating system is about making things stable and introducing a unified experience across platforms, we are less likely to see any disruptive changes or features, especially on the UX side.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update
The Windows 10 anniversary update is expected to be released in August, 2016. This will be a set of bug fixes, changes to certain things that currently exist and a bunch of new things for Windows 10.
Currently, there are no changes reported that will affect Google Chrome on Windows 10.
Unable To Download Google Chrome On Windows
Are you getting error messages while downloading Google Chrome? For example “Installation failed due to unspecified error”? Here are some troubleshooting steps to try.
Google Chrome usually downloads a small file to your computer which then connects to the server and downloads the complete file. When you face issues with this regular way of downloading Chrome, the first thing to try is the full offline installer.
This offline installer downloads involves only one file and should resolve most of the issues associated with downloading and installing Google Chrome. Find more about Google Chrome Offline Installer here.