Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to the latest Windows 10 OS. Many users around the world who have upgraded to Windows 10 have complained about having issues with regards to Google Chrome. While other browsers seem to work on Windows 10, Chrome users have been facing connection timeouts and other such problems.
Here are some of the common problems that pop up and running Google Chrome a Windows 10 machine.
No Incognito Mode
After upgrading to windows 10 many users have noticed that the incognito mode option was completely missing from Google Chrome. After doing some legwork we noticed that even Microsoft Edge browser was also missing its private browsing feature. This issue has less to do with your browser and it’s more related to your Microsoft account.
Microsoft Windows ‘Family‘ feature may disable the incognito option from your browser. Check to see if you are using a child account as part of Windows family. To fix this issue,
- go to PC settings > Accounts >
- Family & Other users >
- click on “Manage family settings online“
- You will be redirected to Microsoft’s website where you can remove yourself from “Family“.
- Restart Chrome
Additionally this doesn’t work then check to see if the system admin has disabled the incognito mode for your account. To check this status,
- Open Command prompt (cmd)
- Type this command
If no such restriction was placed on your user account then you would get back error like this,
Else if the status says that the key is set to ‘0 x 1’, then it means that the admin has disabled incognito on your system.
Chrome doesn’t recognize touch
Some users using Google Chrome on laptops with touchscreen have complained about chrome not recognising that touch commands. While the touch recognition works perfectly on Microsoft Edge browser, chrome seems to have conflicts recognising touch motions. This is because the chrome version you are using might not be detecting the touch capabilities of Windows 10.
This is how you can fix this issue,
- Type chrome://flags in your Chrome address bar and press Enter
- Change Enable Touch Events from ‘Automatic‘ to ‘Enabled‘
Chrome Connection Timeout error
After upgrading to Windows 10 chrome users have reported that when they start Google Chrome it just shows a connection timeout. If you are seeing this error then you can try out the quick fixes given below.
Fix 1 – Compatibility
Right click on Chrome > click on Properties >
Remove the check mark from Run in Compatibility for Windows 8
Fix 2 – Reinstall
Open Control Panel > Uninstall a program > Uninstall Google Chrome
Visit the Chrome website and download the latest stable version.
Note: While uninstalling make sure not to delete your browsing data!
Chrome not working on Windows 10
Another common issue is that Google Chrome may not start at all after you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8. In other words, whenever you click on the chrome icon it just refuses to open up (not literally though). This happens because Microsoft’s installer automatically sets chrome’s execution in Compatibility Mode for Windows 7 or Windows 8. To fix this issue,
- Right click on Google Chrome icon
- click properties > switch to compatibility tab>
- Un-check or remove check from “Run this program in Compatibility Mode“
External URLs cut-off with hash/pound symbol
Another known conflict in Google Chrome running on Windows 10 is that the urls are cut-off after ‘fragment identifiers’ like # or pound symbols show up in the web address. This particular issue is caused due to delegate_execute.exe file being invoked while starting up Google Chrome.
This issue has been fixed on Chrome 48.0.2550.0 canary (64-bit) running on Windows 10, so pretty much the your next chrome update should patch it up for you.
Moving tabs between virtual desktops
Microsoft’s Windows 10 has this latest feature called Virtual Desktops which lets you to reorganize and move the window on your desktop easily. This feature is designed to help you work more productively.
Many users reported that while moving tabs between Chrome windows on different Virtual desktops caused the tab or window to switch to a wrong virtual desktop.
Square boxes issue
This issue was said to replace some incompatible fonts with square boxes. To solve this issue you can,
- go to Settings >
- Click on ‘Show Advanced Settings‘ at the bottom > Under Web Content click on Customize fonts >
- Click on Advanced font settings (if ask you to install extension, do so) >
- Select Language > Select Appropriate Font >
- Restart Chrome
These are some of the most common problem reported by chrome users. If you are facing any other issues then let us know in the comments below. We would be glad to fix that for you!
Read this article for tips to get the best performance from Windows 10 OS.