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Bouey
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Can't install google chrome web browser to HP Stream. Default app is Microsoft Edge

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Cannot install google chrome on my new HP Stream which is in S Mode from the app store. It says it is installed but does not appear on my desktop even after selecting run. Can this be done without exiting S Mode? What are the security implications of running outside S mode?

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wb2001
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@Bouey,

S mode only allows apps from the store, as noted here.

"Windows 10 in S Mode is a more limited, locked-down Windows operating system. In S Mode, you can only install apps from the Store, and you can only browse the web with Microsoft Edge".

If you want freedom to chose, you make the choice to drop S mode.

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I suspect you have already resolved this issue, however having confronted the same thing today on my new HP Laptop, I thought I would expand on the answer - since others may need it. I do not know the security risks, but the ham handedness of how Microsoft is foisting S on us makes me angry enough to never use it.

1. You cannot install chrome unless you remove Microsoft S, to do that you must go through the screen where they try to convince you of its superiority. And against ALL INTUITIVE THOUGHT to remove the software you need to click on the button that says "GET". That will uninstall S, (just be warned you are NOT allowed to go back and reinstall it). *BLEEP*

2. Install Google Chrome.

3, The Chrome icon will now be on your desktop, but guess what....when you click on it, it launches Microsoft Edge! So, you need to open settings, Apps & Features, Default Apps, and change default browser to Chrome.


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