New computer, old problem, I want Chrome to open links in new windows, not a tab in some existing window that may be minimized or on another desktop. I fixed this on a Mac with AppleScript; in Windows it’s easier, you just have to modify a registry setting.
Long story short, you want to modify the Default key at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\shell\open\command to include the argument “– new-window”.
This all reminds me I should set it up again so CapsLock searches Google. So far I’ve been putting off installing AutoHotkey. I can probably also use it to create some keys to change system volume and switch audio output devices.