Surface and Get Your Google Back

windows 8 surfaceWindows 8 on the desktop is a steep learning curve for some but those who master it won’t find it hard to enter the tablet environment.  Microsoft launched Windows 8 OS on Friday and something between tablet and a laptop called Surface also went on sale for $559.  You will find an in depth review of it in Microsoft Dives Deep to Surface a Hit.

Get Your Google Back” is aimed  to help new Windows 8 users install two new products for Windows 8: a Google Search app and Google Chrome, both designed for the Windows 8 “Modern UI” (previously known as Metro).

It will take you two steps and 58 seconds to get your Google back.

Get Your Google Back

Security conscious? Here’s how you opt out of ad tracking cookies in Google Chrome.

Opt-Out of Ad Tracking Cookies Using Google Chrome

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13 thoughts on “Surface and Get Your Google Back

  1. Without a doubt, Windows 8 is very geared towards the tablet/mobile computer environment. There has been a LOT of discussion about it, Modern UI/Metro, and Surface in the tech feeds I read, especially about desktop application. Hopefully Microsoft will smooth things out for the desktop, but there is a popular saying about Windows OS– that odd numbered versions tend to be well-received (3.1, 98, 2000, XP, 7) but even numbered versions are not (3.11, Millenium/Me, Vista, 8).

    I don’t use Windows anymore myself but from those I talk to, most like 7, and that includes computer technicians. There are still a fair number that would rather stick to XP like yourself; and I understand many of their reasons why. Most of the businesses I frequent are still using XP (register terminals, etc.), and that includes many major retail chains.

    • Sorry if I implied anywhere that I wanted to stick with XP. I believe in my other post or the comments I revealed I was getting a new computer before year’s end, and I was leaning towards Windows 7 as I didn’t feel inclined to make the switch to Windows 8. That’s where I’m still at.

        • My husband runs Windows 7 and so do some of my friends and they are happy with it. None of them are inclined to purchase Windows 8. On the other hand many of our friends are Mac users and they recommend that I switch. Hmmmm … what to do. I’m still not committed to taking any action as yet.

        • Windows 7 is confirmed to be the last “good” version with a conventional desktop. I’m not too thrilled, being a programmer, that this is the new standard for pushing apps for Windows since that’s one more thing I’ll have to become intimately familiar with, but hopefully it’s a departure we can all live with at the moment and will be at least less painful and more secure.

          “None of them are inclined to purchase Windows 8.”
          Bingo! And I can totally see Windows 7 running the same course XP did on the count of don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. You’d be amazed at how many systems are still running XP on the count of the number of peripherals (software and hardware) that depend on it. Most patient case and medical systems in hospitals are still running XP as are the vast majority of desktop systems of local municipalities, DMVs and even court houses.

          There’s a reason our cars aren’t controlled via joystick though they are arguably superior to the steering wheel on many levels. Familiarity.

        • It makes sense to me, eksith. Occasionally I’ve seen Windows CE (I think that was once with my home medical provider) but otherwise, straight XP. I understand the dependencies with peripherals. I am seeing some doctors with iPads, though.

          I understand your frustrations as a programmer. I am bad at it but I have talked to a fair few about cross compatibility across platforms, in specific terms.

          tt– Macs are great systems. I started with an Apple //e and used Mac from time to time, also have friends that still use them. So user-friendly. The gripe I have, though, is hardware costs Apple seems to keep fixed, and this seems to be true with iDevices too. Some techs I know use what’s called a “Hackintosh” setup for testing, which is using Mac OS with non-Apple hardware to keep costs down. It *is* frustrating and difficult to pull off, though.

  2. Pretty cool! Now if I could learn how to get rid of chrome://newtabhttp// before every new url. I can’t copy and paste links without altering them first..
    Thanks for the info!

    • Susie, try turning off all extensions in Chrome and turning them on one by one to see which one is causing it. This is, more often than not, caused by an unruly or misconfigured browser extension.

      Go into settings (the wrench) and click “Extensions” on the left panel. You should be presented with a list of all extensions. Disable all at first and restart the browser. Go back to extensions and enable one, restart again and so on… It’s annoying, yes, but should help you narrow down the issue.

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