Google Launches “Get Your Google Back” Campaign For Windows 8 Users

Google has launched a Get Your Google Back site to teach new Windows 8 users how to restore or add Google Search to their devices and to get Chrome. It doesn’t help those with Windows RT devices who seem stuck without Google, however.

Windows 8 was released today, which means a number of people will find Bing as the default search engine. This isn’t always the case. Those who are upgrading and already have Google as default or buying computers from companies that partner with Google to be the default should still have Google, though we’re checking on this.

Still, plenty of people may find things have changed, and the new site is designed to help those who want to get Google back quickly. The page gives you quick links to download icons to your Windows 8 computer, and a video shows how you can add them to the front screen on Windows 8:

If you’re a Windows RT users, this site won’t help you. Google Search is simply unavailable for Windows RT unless you go directly to Google in your browser. Our Sorry, Microsoft Surface Users: No Google Search App For You story has more about this.

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  • daveintheuk

    Always amusing to watch Google and their employees on Twitter ( bleating when they feel wronged by a competitor … not nice for the abusive monopolist when the boot is on the other foot is it?

  • Joe

    totally agree!!

  • tdthirsk

    How dare a competitor build streamlined search functionality into their new product. Still, it’s not like there are any barriers to changing back, just as always…

  • nikata che

    That’s great. I just installed win8 yesterday but still need some time to learn how to use it. So different with the previous system. I saw bing on the desktop,but when I click it,It just gave me a picture which like a backgroud but like a searh page. Don’t like bing, still like google. I have bookmarked this page and will try it in my win8 tonight. To my joy,one of my main browser Avant can still work in win8,I will try firefox and chrome too tonight.My top three browsers,hope I can still use them.

  • 4u2discuss

    agree with what?

  • 4u2discuss

    oops wrong coment

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