How to Stop Google Chrome from Auto-Updates for Windows

For Mac, please proceed to this article

This article has been updated.

Google Chrome was created to silently update every six weeks. This measure ensures that the internet browser carries the most recent technology and stability, without your need to allow or download each update.

However, it is possible at times that the newer versions of Chrome are more unstable than previous versions. These new versions may contain bugs that make it incompatible with your tasks.

According to Google's Support Website:

Google Update can't be removed by itself. If you remove Google Update processes from your computer, you may find that your Google programs no long function properly and, in many cases, you may see Google Update return automatically.

The previous solution has been reported to be ineffective for stopping auto-updates. We are now adding a solution that needs a little programming knowledge, but it is more effective.

NEW SOLUTION

A. Log-in on your computer as an administrator user. You are going to edit the computer's registry, so this is important.

B. Uninstall Google Chrome and install an older version. You can find instructions here: How to install a previous version of Chrome for Windows

C. Download the following registry file to add the Google Updater controller on your registry: chrome-manual-updates.reg

D. After downloading, double-click the file to run it. It may show several permission queries. Just click Yes or Run.

Permission - Click Yes

E. You should see the following pop-up if it succeeds.

Successful

F. When you check Google Chrome's About page to see its version, the following notice should appear:

Updates disabled

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