Is Win XP Blackmailing Win 7?
February 8, 2012 10:22 AM   Subscribe

Does the Google Chrome browser act that much differently between Windows XP Pro (32-bit) and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit? Less vagueness inside...

Both my work's Win XP machine and my home's Win7 machine are running the same version of Chrome (at the moment: 17.0.963.46), yet I notice substantial differences. The only thing I can think of is that the different operating systems are the cause for my issues.

Here are two tangible examples:

1) When I click on links for my college's website, they are not even clickable on my home PC (Win7) in Chrome; I need to use IE to click on my college's links. However, using the same version of Chrome on my work PC (Win XP), the links work just fine. All other websites' links work just fine on either PC.

2) I use a webcam with Gmail to chat with work peeps. At work (Win XP), I can click on the "backwards-L" arrow to expand my video window. At home, this isn't even an option--there is no arrow! Both machines are using the same exact Google Video plug-in, also.

There are other issues that crop up, too, but the above are the easiest to explain.

Unfortunately, I do not have a third machine to test these issues with. The only workaround for me for now is to use IE. It's not life-or-death, but I would prefer if things just worked as they should using Chrome. Since these things work at my Win XP machine at work, it makes me all the more curious as to why they don't work at home.
posted by TinWhistle to Technology (2 answers total)
Have you tried disabling all Chrome extensions on both machines?
posted by desjardins at 10:47 AM on February 8, 2012

Response by poster: Hmm, my reaction was: "But I already know that I am not using any Chrome extensions," but I checked the Chrome Task Manager anyway...

I killed the Babylon Plugin and now the links on my college's website work! Wonderful! (Now to figure out who in the family got that nasty thing on my PC in the first place...)

It doesn't help the Google Video issue, though, but at least I am halfway there! Thanks!
posted by TinWhistle at 12:01 PM on February 8, 2012

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