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I downloaded and installed Google Chrome on a local user on Windows XP.

I now know that Chrome needs to be installed for each user (unless you install using a pack). Unfortunately it is installed under a user I cant use at the office.

Add to that the fact that the downloading of exe files is blocked at the office. Is there a way to 'copy' or 'move' the installation of Chrome from one user to another?

EDIT: for clarity... I have Chrome installed under a local (this machine) user. I can't use that user in the office as I need to be connected to the domain. I would like to move (or copy) the installation to another user.

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Ok you want a portable version of Chrome –  Ivo Flipse Aug 11 '09 at 15:17
    
the installation (so you can run the browser as the other user) or the profile (so the other user gets all the same settings, bookmarks, etc)? –  quack quixote Oct 7 '09 at 18:02

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reinstall chrome using the option "install for all users" (not each user). You will have to use the google installer/updater to do this however, as the chrome install doesn't allow this choice.

edit> I have to do this for all of the machines on the network here, because normal user accounts aren't permitted to install software, only the admin accounts are: and originally I couldn't figure out why, when installed by the admin, it wasn't able to be used by the users.

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To sync it to several computers just copy the entire User Data folder and paste it on the same location across the computers.

Make a copy of the User Data\Default directory (for example, copy it to 'Default Backup' in the same location). The location depends on your operating system:

  • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • Windows Vista: \Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Then get a portable version of Chrome where you copy your Home version into.

You can use that version at your work without having to install anything

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I'v tried this. When I run the chrome.exe nothing happens. By nothing I mean nothing, no hourglass, no process on the task manager, nothing. –  Ron Tuffin Aug 11 '09 at 14:04
    
Do you have Chrome installed for each user? –  Ivo Flipse Aug 11 '09 at 14:41
    
No. Perhaps I was not clear enough in the question. I have Chrome installed under a local (this machine) user. I can't use that user in the office as I need to be connected to the domain. I would like to move (or copy) the installation to another user. –  Ron Tuffin Aug 11 '09 at 15:01
    
Ron, if you want to make your question clearer, just edit it. People are more likely to see your clarification in the question itself than down in the comments of a particular answer. –  quark Aug 11 '09 at 15:02

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