So I got my girlfriend an ultrabook (Acer Aspire S3), and it came pre-loaded with Windows 8. She enjoys the Metro interface and the new start menu, so despite my recommendations of just wiping it and installing an extra copy of Windows 7 I own, she decided she wants to keep it. Ok, dandy.
On my journey to actually customize Windows 8 to be decent/useable, I have come to find I absolutely despise what Microsoft has done. The ecosystem is so terribly fragmented between desktop/Metro, there is horrid app support, and the UI is downright ugly. Anyways...I digress.
My biggest issue is getting rid of IE10 for Chrome. I'd like to do this but still retain her ability to stay in Metro and not have to switch to the desktop every time she wants to browse the web. IE10s interface is awfully clunky and screen-consuming, not to mention entirely unintuitive. I have yet to figure out a way to see/switch between tabs that is not the Win+Z shortcut...and to figure that out, I had to Google it. I also don't see why Microsoft decided the address bar had to be huge and the whole interface needed to cover the entire screen whenever typing a new URL.
Well, I've managed to install Chrome from the dev build library, which to my understanding should contain the Metro version of the browser. After installing I've selected it as the default, and made sure to go into Default Programs in the control panel to double check that it is defaulted, and it is. Unfortunately, it refuses to show up in the Start menu. If I go to All Apps, I see it listed and can launch it, but there is no icon present for it (just a dark box), and the system believes it is already pinned to the start menu (although it does not appear there). I have tried "unpinning" and repining it, but it has done nothing.
Does anyone know why this isn't working? I've uninstalled and re-installed it many, many times now, and nothing seems to work. I am stuck with IE10, also because Chrome will disappear from metro every other time I use it even via the default desktop shortcut. The whole migration to Windows 8 has been beyond frustrating, and I'm not tech illiterate by any means. I've dealt with Windows since the days of 3.1, and participated in both the Vista and 7 betas....but never have I seen Microsoft take this much of a leap back in design and intuitiveness. When a general user (my gf) can't even figure out how to system restart/reboot the system (you have to swipe down the top left of the screen with your mouse, then go to settings, then power...really?), then there is something wrong. Likewise if your browser shows NO intuitive means to access a list of tabs/switch between them.
Anyhow..any and all help is appreciated. Thanks!