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Old 08-07-2014, 08:44 AM   #1
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Default Windows 8/Google chrome question

A couple of weeks ago I updated windows 8 to the newer version. All seemed fine. Then I noticed that now when I switch my laptop on. It doesn't start at the normal windows 8 home page where you select a tile to use an app.

Instead it opens up straight into desktop. Which would be fine but... I have some black google chrome bar with icons for youtube, g-mail etc along the bottom of my screen. Which makes things like changing volume or using the calculator which i normally have minimised there difficult.

When I hover the mouse about down there my old icons pop up but they seem to be faint and when I click on them the window I'm using gets minimised. Pretty annoying.

Is there some daft thing I've done in settings that's caused this change ? Or is it a new chrome update that's caused it ? I just want to get this off my computer and use it as before.

Any suggestions welcome.

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Old 08-07-2014, 11:18 AM   #2
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I can use internet explorer ! But it annoys me that chrome and the start up bit is different.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:44 PM   #3
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It sounds like you've downloaded something else at the same time which adds Google toolbar as a default. Happens with a lot of updates for various programs, java, music players, etc. Not using 8 yet, so I'm guessing, but the toolbar should be removable in control panel.
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OK that sounds like a plausible explanation thanks Fork Handles... will have a wee look at control panel and report back.
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in Win 8.1 you can select boot into desktop (a la Win 7) or Metro (tiles, a la Win 8). It's an option buried in settings someplace. The Chrome task bar &/ore launcher is something that Chrome installs itself, but since I use it all the time I've never bothered to remove it...and it makes my Win 8.1 laptop work much like my Chromebook.
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Thanks Gildas. All this started just after I'd downloaded windows 8.1 so I think that further expands on Forks explanation.

Right so I'll have a look about in Settings to see if I can reselect the boot to the Windows tiles.

Really it's the task bar that wastes it for me. If I want to look at the calculator I have to minimise the page I'm on. I had a look in Control Panel but couldn't find any add ons. Will search Settings and see if there is an option to remove this in there.

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Android is controlled by them and always defaults by backdoor programmes to google servers pisses me off totally

so i have dropped Gmail totally ,, looking at alternatives to ebay

using other search engines ,, phones are a little bit more of a problem, using a rooted android phone with dual sims but looking at getting a Jolla phone or even a Nokia windows phone ..

whatever happened to ''do no evil''
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Thanks for that, looks interesting. I'll have a read up on some reviews of it and maybe download it.
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