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Posted 26 August 2012 - 00:18
Posted 26 August 2012 - 00:23
Posted 26 August 2012 - 00:25
You must've done something wrong because any link I click on, in an email, on the desktop, etc, open in the desktop version of Chrome. Only links in Metro apps (email, other apps, etc) open the Metro version of Chrome... as they should.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 00:30
Ah... so it is.
I was entering URLs in the Start screen, expecting them to pop up in the desktop browser.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 00:47
EDIT: And if you want to open links on the desktop version, delete the "Metro" folder at Chrome's folder too.
I guess they assume (correctly I think) that if you're in Metro that you'd like to stay in Metro after you click a link. Otherwise why would you be in Metro in the first place?
Posted 26 August 2012 - 01:16
Posted 26 August 2012 - 19:07
Posted 27 August 2012 - 18:31
Ok, I have done a little research on how desktop browser tells Windows that it has Metro version too. First, it creates a Start shortcut with some special data in it, then adds some special registry keys and finally puts the VisualElementsManifest.xml file with some additional information in application's folder. So I replaced the Start shortcut with my own and set it as read only, deleted xml file and registry keys (ChromeURL.[SomeRandomCharacters] and ChromeHTML.[SomeRandomCharacters], both in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT). Desktop version of Chrome started picking up links from third party apps after the last step, so removing just those keys may be enough.
Denis, if you have no intention of touching Metro, I have a hack for you. Disable UAC completely through the registry (Google around). This disabled UAC and retardedly so, Metro apps stop working. A side effect of this will be Chrome will always open in its proper desktop mode.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:29
Posted 01 September 2012 - 12:41
Posted 01 September 2012 - 12:56
That above suggestion didn't work, but a weird observation:
For the latest dev build of Chrome, the behaviour is thus if Chrome is the default browser:
- Desktop browser is running and you type in a URL in Start: the URL opens in the desktop browser
- Neither desktop nor Metro browsers are running and you type in a URL: URL opens in the Metro browser
... and apparently in this build, you can't have both the desktop and the Metro versions running simultaneously.
Posted 01 September 2012 - 20:01
Silly question, but why on earth would you want to type a URL into the start screens search box?
Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:02
There is an issue on Google code created for that so there are chances they'll add it. But it seems that Google thinks no one is going to use Windows 8 before October (they add evidently unfinished Metro version to stable channel) so we may have to wait 1,5 month until we get finished version
Not asking for anything extraordinary here, just hoping that Chrome is like IE in that it allows you to pick which browser you prefer.