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Old 07-14-2016, 01:59 PM
 
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I have a Surface RT (first, entry-level model). I've been using the Windows-based Internet that came installed. Because I use Gmail, I'm getting offers at the top of the screen to download Google Chrome for free. I like Windows -- but I like Chrome better when I've used it in the library.

I was told I can't download programs like Chrome because my Surface is entry-level -- that I can only download what's in my Surface app library. (I was told this when I wanted to download Malwarebytes onto my Surface but it's not in my Surface app library.)

My questions:
1. If I actually can download Google Chrome, would it cause problems when I use Windows in the future? Or is it too "big" a program for my simple RT (would it take up too much space)?

2. Will downloading Chrome end up putting it in places I didn't intend? I just want Chrome email. I don't want to suddenly see Chrome stuff elsewhere (except the Chrome icon on my desktop)?

3. If I don't like it on my Surface, how can I entirely remove the Chrome as though I never downloaded it? Or will parts of Chrome remain on my Surface no matter what I do?

I'm an entry-level computer user. Thanks.
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:03 PM
 
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Short answer, based on a quick internet search, is No.

Reason is that Windows RT is not the same as regular windows. It's much more of a true tablet operating system, designed for low power low memory tablets, with only a Windows like interface. You can only download and install those apps in the MS store designed for WinRT.

True windows tablets are pretty cheap, and run any windows program or application. Or get an android tablet.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:21 AM
 
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Long answer is NO, too.

I assume you mean Gmail? Just use wahtever browser you have on that thing and go to Gmail.com.
That should work just fine.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:25 PM
 
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Thanks, peregrine and bigbear99. I appreciate your help.

Your advice is what I needed. Yes, I meant Gmail. I can use Gmail via the installed Windows.

I guess the good news is that if my RT can't download external stuff like Chrome, maybe it's less likely to be vulnerable to a virus or hacker. Well, that's what the store person said when I wanted to install Malwarebytes.

I'll keep clicking "no" when Google asks if I want to install Chrome. Windows and my entry-level RT meet my needs just fine. I thought Chrome might have better security, but guess I really don't need that.

Thanks again!
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:01 PM
 
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all good points.
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