We need to install a browser on our fresh install of Windows 8.1 Update 1 because, alas, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser is not 1337 enough for CoolGeeks.
Yep, you read that correctly, we use Windows 8.1 with Update 1 as the standard operating system for in-house CoolGeeks network. Read about why it was the best Windows ever that you never knew
But we have to crawl before we run, let us just see what a first run of IE looks like.
What is this? We clicked the browser and right away it prevents our access to the Interwebs with a pop up. A pop up? Really?
We select “Don’t use recommended settings” because as experienced learners of CoolGeeks tutelage know, defaults from Microsoft are almost never in our best interest. Regardless, we are just using IE to get Chrome anyway so we will never use IE again on this workstation
The Chrome download page is easily found from any search engine
Before we click to download Chrome, we uncheck the “Help make Google Chrome better” because well, homey don’t play that
Windows rightfully prevents the downloading of executables without our confirmation. We select to “Run” instead of “Save” because we have no need for a permanent copy of the Chrome installer
We need to go through a few Chrome setup prompts
Windows knows the end is nigh and tries to sell us on IE. Nah, we want to use Chrome all the time now on this workstation
When Chrome launches, it prompts us to login with our Google account, which will retrieve many cloud settings for our browser from data in our existing Google account. CoolGeeks does not need that function on this testing workstation so we click “No thanks”
There you go, Google homepage with the nifty little logo cartoon of the day
With your super awesome Google Chrome browser you have access to all the great things on the Interwebs, especially cat memes. For more productive activities, you can use Chrome to download and then install Remote Server Administration Tools to manage an Active Directory domain.