How to disable Google Chrome Automatic Update

Google Chrome performs automatic updates every few weeks in order to make Chrome browser more secure and stable. But sometimes these new versions are not very stable or they present compatibility problems in their use. For these reasons, it's better to disable the automatic update procedure to avoid such problems. 

How to prevent (STOP) Chrome to Auto-Update.

Method 1: Disable Chrome Auto Update by renaming "GoogleUpdate.exe".

Info: The "GoogleUpdate.exe" is the application that used from Chrome (and other Google products) to check and install updates.

1. Navigate to the following location, depending your Windows version:

  • 32bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Google\Update
  • 64bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update

Note: If you cannot find the Update folder at the above location, then look at the following location: 

  • C:\Users\<Your_Username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Update

2. Explore the contents of the "Update" folder and rename the "GoogleUpdate.exe" to "GoogleUpdate1.exe".

3. Restart your computer.

 

Method 2: Disable Chrome Update through Chrome.

1. Open Google Chrome and at the “URL Address Bar”, type: chrome://plugins & press “Enter”.

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2. In the listed plugins, find the plugin named “Google Update” and press the “Disable” option under it.

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3. Finally restart your Chrome browser for changes to take effect.

 

Method 3: Disable Chrome Update through Windows Registry

1. Open Registry Editor. To do that, open the “Run” command* and in the search (run) box, type “regedit” and press “Enter”.

* How to open the “Run” command:

Windows XP:

Click on the “Start” button and choose “Run”.

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Windows 7, Vista

Click on the “Start” button and click on the “search”box.

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Windows 8:

Right-click on the bottom left corner and select “Run”.

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2. Inside Windows Registry, navigate (from the left pane) to this key:*

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update

* Note for Windows 8.1 users: The above key doesn't exist in Windows 8, so you have to create it (and one more key) manually: To do that:

  1. Navigate to this key at left pane: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies.
  2. Right click on Policies and select New Key.
  3. Give the name Google
  4. Right Click on Google key and select New Key.
  5. Give the name Update
  6. At right pane, right-click on an empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
  7. Give the name UpdateDefault
  8. Modify the UpdateDefault value data to 0 as described below (3).
  9. After you modify the value date, navigate to this key at left pane: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google
  10. Right click on Google key and select New Key.
  11. Give the name Update
  12. At right pane, right-click on an empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
  13. Give the name UpdateDefault
  14. Modify the UpdateDefault value data to 0 as described below (3).

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3. At the right pane, double-click at the “UpdateDefault” registry key and set its value data to “0”.

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4. Press “OK” to close that window and then close (exit) Registry Editor.

disable Google Chrome Automatic Update

 

That’s it.

Remember that you can always enable the Chrome automatic update feature anytime you want, simply by setting the Value Data to “1” in the same registry key (UpdateDefault).

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