Thursday, February 10, 2011

Google Chrome Stuck Refuses to Update

The Google Chrome update is stuck refuses to install. Clicking on About -> Update refuses to update Chrome.

You may run into this problem if the Windows temp files directory is moved to a partition other than the default location.

The solution:

You need to force Chrome to update.

1) Quit Chrome and make sure no stray instances are running

OPEN a DOS box. Type cmd in the run box in the start menu. Copy and paste the command that begins from reg. exe and ends at /v cmd. Paste the entire line in the DOS box and hit enter

2) Run the following from a command prompt to get the magic incantation:
reg.exe query "HKCU\Software\Google\Update\Clients\{8A69D345-D564-463c-AFF1-A69D9E530F96}" /v cmd
(use {4ea16ac7-fd5a-47c3-875b-dbf4a2008c20} if you're on canary rather than stable, beta, or dev)

3) Run the command obtained from the previous step. For example:
"C:\Users\YOU\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\9.0.597.84\Installer\setup.exe" --rename-chrome-exe

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