Fix chrome.exe appearing on the Windows Lockscreen

Google Chrome customers who up to date the internet browser to model 75 might discover a brand new ingredient on the lockscreen of the system after they lock it.

Our Deskmodder colleagues report that they seen a chrome.exe ingredient on the lockscreen together with media playback and quantity controls after upgrading Chrome to the new model on a Windows 10 machine.

The module is displayed when Chrome is minimized based on the article. It is unclear whether it is essential to play media or if that’s unrelated.

I attempted to copy the difficulty on a Windows 10 system with Chrome 75 however couldn’t get chrome.exe to show on the lockscreen it doesn’t matter what I attempted (Minimize Chrome, play media, play media and reduce).

Chrome.exe shouldn’t be the solely program that will show media controls on the desktop. Windows 10 helps this since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update launch. Back then, Groove, a local music software of the working system, would show media controls if media performed when the display screen was locked.

Still, Chrome customers who run into the difficulty can resolve it in the event that they dislike the presence of chrome.exe on the lockscreen.

The function appears to be linked to the Hardware Media Key Handling flag of the browser. The flag takes over hardware media controls on computer keyboards and that led to media keys not working correctly anymore in media functions reminiscent of Spotify.

The resolution for that difficulty was to disable Hardware Media Key Handling in Google Chrome, and that’s additionally the resolution for the chrome.exe difficulty on the Lockscreen of the Windows working system.


Here is the way you resolve that difficulty

chrome-multimedia hardware key handling

  1. Load the web page chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling in the Chrome internet browser. You may load chrome://flags and seek for Hardware Media Key Handling as an alternative.
  2. Set the experimental flag to Disabled.
  3. Restart Google Chrome.

Google appears to have activated the function in Chrome 74 by switching the default standing from “disabled” to “enabled”; that is why Chrome customers bumped into the media key hijacking difficulty when that model began to roll out in April 2019.

Experimental flags is probably not saved perpetually in Chrome, nevertheless. It is feasible that Google will revert the setting or preserve it enabled and take away the flag in order that customers can’t disable the function anymore in the browser.

For now, all you need to do is disable the Hardware Media Key Handling flag to return to the established order.

Now You: What is your take on this? Should a browser take over media keys?

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