It's not that I'm trying to make it more like 7. That's not the problem.

My problem is that whenever I click the Google Chrome icon on my taskbar or even the desktop, Windows brings up this screen-spanning message box saying that my resolution is too low to launch run Google Chrome, and to set my computer to a higher resolution. (I can't.)

It then continues to open Chrome correctly after I hit close. This also happens when I click a link in an external program like skype or psi.

Update: Now it never launches. I tried to get into my gmail through it this morning, and it won't launch at all.

  • I notice, specifically when opening a new chrome window via Win+Shift+<TaskbarIndex> (Chrome is the second icon in my taskbar so I use the keyboard key '2'). This issue started for me on or just before 2014-12-06 Dec 7, 2014 at 7:19

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  • Open regedit, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\Metro and delete the field launch_mode or set the value from 1 to 0.
  • Open chrome.
  • Be happy.

On my register, there was not a field called launch_mode. So, I created it and put in the value "0", and this works like a charm!

  • Both setting to zero (it was already set to zero) and deleting the registry value didn't work. Chrome still launches new windows in metro mode. Dec 7, 2014 at 7:09

Click the menu button in the top left. There should be a "Relaunch Chrome on the Desktop" item, like this:


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    Nope. Mine says "Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 mode". It's the actual attempt to launch it when it's closed via desktop icon that tries to do the opposite. Nov 27, 2012 at 23:46
  • kerdek: To make [this] answer work, you must either have UAC disabled (NOT in silent mode; Win8 will trick you here) or you must run chrome as an administrator after ending all chrome background processes from within Task Manager. Dec 12, 2013 at 19:54

Since coggy9's answer did not help (it should have), try appending the --force-desktop flag to the Target field of the Chrome shortcut's properties (such that it looks like chrome.exe --force-desktop).

Something like the following (but with the --force-desktop flag obviously instead of --incognito as shown):


  • it accepts --incognito, but not --force-desktop Nov 28, 2012 at 21:01

I noticed that if you launch an incognito window, and leave it running, you can then run the regular chrome browser from the desktop. It will still complain about the resolution, but it will start.

  • Doesn't help when it crashes or if it hasn't been started yet. Jan 22, 2013 at 2:29

Just go to the chrome installation path like this (C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\24.0.1312.52) and click chrome_launcher. Now Chrome will be open in Windows 8 mode, click on Customize icon and click Reopen in desktop mode. That's it.


None of the previous answers worked for me. However, I've noticed that in the programs folder for Google Chrome there was a "metro_driver.dll" file (without the quotes). What I did was to rename this file as "metro_driver.dll.bak" (without the quotes). After that, whenever I start the Chrome browser I don't receive the message saying the app can't be opened and Chrome starts right in desktop mode.

The folder path for Google Chrome on my device is:

C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\30.0.1599.101
  • For me, chrome still launches in metro, then crash/exits leaving me on the metro menu. :( Dec 7, 2014 at 7:14

If you ever get this problem on a macbook running bootcamp and the retina screen screws up your resolution so that you can't access the settings menu to "change to desktop" view, then go into control panel and adjust your resolution to close to the smallest, and then things should all appear when you launch chrome in the now metro mode. it might help to ctrl+alt+delete and close chrome completely then re-open. once everything is fixed, you can bring your resolution back up. cheers.


What I get is that sometimes a link I click in from Chrome in desktop mode will try to launch in Metro. Also, sometimes a desktop app requesting a website will try to launch in Metro. This I do not want.

What I have tried and seems to be working, though I can't say with complete certainty as it is sporadic was to go to chrome://flags then Touch Optimized UI and change the value from Automatic to Disabled.

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    – fixer1234
    Nov 11, 2014 at 4:59

In the Google chrome install directory, there there is an exe for the metro app and an exe for the traditional app. I added the traditional exe to my desktop taskbar (launcher), and pinned it to the metro menu, and unpinned the metro version. So I can open it by either way without ending up with the metro version.

  • Sorry, I double checked and this no longer works. This is how I did it when Windows 8 launched. It seems at some point the exes were harmonized. Coggy9's solution works for me, and it remembers your last launch option (once you go to desktop it always launches in desktop unless you relaunch in metro).
    – kashiko
    Dec 1, 2012 at 2:57
  • I placed the traditional exe on my desktop originally. Now there's only the one. Dec 1, 2012 at 18:49

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