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  1. #1


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    Windows 8 & Google Chrome


    I recently bought a new Asus touchscreen notebook which came loaded with Win8 & IE10

    So far, I love this computer! I added a 250Gb SSD and a new Intel WiFi card and everything is up and running almost perfectly - The only 'issue' is my browser

    I very much like Win8 so far, especially on a touchscreen machine
    I have *always* used IE - I know there are plenty of IE haters out there, but it has always served me well and I wasn't looking to change
    I've also used Google for years and years and don't care to change . . . . especially not to Bing
    My predicament is . . . . Bing. It seems irrevocably linked to IE10 in the Win8 platform. I've read there is a way to add Google and make it the default browser *if* you're using Win8 in the desktop mode - Obviously, I'm not
    So, I'm being forced to make what for me is a big decision and really soon! I feel I just can't live another day with Bing hijacking my computer, so it appears IE10 has to go . . . . or does it?
    Is there *any way* for me to keep IE10 and still be guaranteed that I'm never going to see a Bing search ever again?
    If not, I'd love to hear others experience using Win8 in the metro mode with Chrome as your browser. Am I going to learn to love this combo?

    Thanks in advance for your pearls of wisdom on this. At this point, I truly feel like a fish out of water

    Don

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    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    you can keep Metro IE10 as your default browser. in fact, this is the preferred method even if you use other browsers. On my system, I have Chrome (which I use the most), IE10, and Mozilla Firefox. Each with its own benefits and situations where they are the best at.

    To change the default search engine, make sure Metro IE10 is fully closed. Either drag the app from the top of the screen to the bottom to end-task it or use the task manager to end-task it. Then launch the DESKTOP IE10. Go to Tools > Manage Add-ons > Search Providers. then choose google and make it your default search provider. This option can be changed at any time so if you need to switch between search providers, just go back to this option and change it. Once it's changed, launch Metro IE10 and the default search provider will be Google.

    I also prefer Google as my default search because of the date filters. But there are occasions where Bing does a great job. When I was doing research, sometimes I get a hit I want on page 2 of Bing that didn't show up until page 10 of Google. So there will be times that Bing is better. Also, if you create a Bing account, you can get paid by using Bing so the more searches you do with Bing, the more you can earn.
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  3. #3


    Palm Coast FLorida
    Posts : 370
    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    just recently switched to Chrome browser, it makes firefox look like a dog. Speed, apps and looks are killer in Chrome.
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    just recently switched to Chrome browser, it makes firefox look like a dog. Speed, apps and looks are killer in Chrome.
    Hi tcman50, does Babylon get installed without your permission while installing Chrome? it does to me and this drives me away from Chrome. thanks.
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  5. #5


    Palm Coast FLorida
    Posts : 370
    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    just recently switched to Chrome browser, it makes firefox look like a dog. Speed, apps and looks are killer in Chrome.
    Hi tcman50, does Babylon get installed without your permission while installing Chrome? it does to me and this drives me away from Chrome. thanks.
    Nope, no toolbars, no nothing, running latest edition of Chrome, seems very quick and very clean so far. Just type "babylon in chrome" into google, there are many easy methods to remove it.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    just recently switched to Chrome browser, it makes firefox look like a dog. Speed, apps and looks are killer in Chrome.
    Hi tcman50, does Babylon get installed without your permission while installing Chrome? it does to me and this drives me away from Chrome. thanks.
    Nope, no toolbars, no nothing, running latest edition of Chrome, seems very quick and very clean so far. Just type "babylon in chrome" into google, there are many easy methods to remove it.
    Thank you.
    Last edited by brummyfan; 03 Jan 2013 at 15:15.
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  7. #7


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    One other cute tidbit about Windows 8 and IE10: if IE isn't your default browser, then it disables your ability to select the Metro mode of the IE application. It will necessarily run in desktop mode. Seems arbitrary, but that's how it works. Perhaps another way MS wants to forcibly compel someone to make IE the default under Windows 8.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Jan 2013 at 14:20. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by alphacarina View Post
    I recently bought a new Asus touchscreen notebook which came loaded with Win8 & IE10

    So far, I love this computer! I added a 250Gb SSD and a new Intel WiFi card and everything is up and running almost perfectly - The only 'issue' is my browser

    I very much like Win8 so far, especially on a touchscreen machine
    I have *always* used IE - I know there are plenty of IE haters out there, but it has always served me well and I wasn't looking to change
    I've also used Google for years and years and don't care to change . . . . especially not to Bing
    My predicament is . . . . Bing. It seems irrevocably linked to IE10 in the Win8 platform. I've read there is a way to add Google and make it the default browser *if* you're using Win8 in the desktop mode - Obviously, I'm not
    So, I'm being forced to make what for me is a big decision and really soon! I feel I just can't live another day with Bing hijacking my computer, so it appears IE10 has to go . . . . or does it?
    Is there *any way* for me to keep IE10 and still be guaranteed that I'm never going to see a Bing search ever again?
    If not, I'd love to hear others experience using Win8 in the metro mode with Chrome as your browser. Am I going to learn to love this combo?

    Thanks in advance for your pearls of wisdom on this. At this point, I truly feel like a fish out of water

    Don
    Hello Don,

    If you like, you could disable Bing "search suggestions" and "searching in the address bar" like below to never see it in Internet Explorer.

    Internet Explorer Search Providers - Add and Remove - Windows 7 Forums

    Click image for larger version


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  9. #9


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    To change the default search engine, make sure Metro IE10 is fully closed. Either drag the app from the top of the screen to the bottom to end-task it or use the task manager to end-task it. Then launch the DESKTOP IE10. Go to Tools > Manage Add-ons > Search Providers. then choose google and make it your default search provider. Once it's changed, launch Metro IE10 and the default search provider will be Google.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    I suspected there had to be some sort of 'work around' for this problem and you provided it. Strange, nobody from Microsoft was willing or able

    I had no real desire to move away from IE after using it for more than 20 years, but it was looking like I might have to if I couldn't find a 'solution' to the 'Bing Thing' . . . . and now that's solved!

    Thanks so much,

    Don
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  10. #10


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Don,

    If you like, you could disable Bing "search suggestions" and "searching in the address bar" like below to never see it in Internet Explorer.

    Internet Explorer Search Providers - Add and Remove - Windows 7 Forums

    Click image for larger version


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Shawn,

    I had done that earlier (on someone else's advice) but even with my IE set up exactly as your screen shot shows, whenever I clicked on the IE tile in my Metro start screen to do a search, it was still a Bing search, because there was no other search engine listed, let alone as default. The suggestion above works perfectly . . . . opening in the desktop mode will allow you to add Google (in Metro mode you can't) and once it's in there and made default, you're done with Bing forever! Now all my searches are Google searches, just as they were before when using earlier versions of Windows. Why they make things like this so difficult, I haven't a clue

    Don
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