Microsoft Windows 10 is here and it is a free upgrade to most of the existing Windows users. The response from general public, press and the tech crowd has been positive. As a Chrome user, I have good news too. Google Chrome is doing great on Windows 10!. So here is my take on Google Chrome on Windows 10.
Windows 10 brings refreshed user interface design. Google Chrome adapts nicely to this new treatment. This makes Chrome feel more blended in with the new version of Windows.
There are not Windows 10 specific features to report as of now, but the installation and setup were smooth. You will find instructions to download and set up Chrome on Windows 10 in this post. If you are experiencing any issues, please scroll down to the comments section to see solutions posted by other users (thank you all). Please contribute if you have answers to the questions others have asked.
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.