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Well, I have in computers I use with Windows XP or Seven more than one browser installed on them, generally Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 4, Opera 11 and Google Chrome.

I often use Firefox, but I want to use Google Chrome sometimes because I have a lot of addons and webapps on it.

The issue is: when I try to execute Chrome after some months without using it, it does not function. Using Proccess Explorer or Task Manager, I can see that there is not any Google proccesses running. Then I reinstall it and all functions. But if I do not use it for some months again, it will not function...

Is it an update problem? Must I use Chrome everyday or is there another way to avoid that issue?

PS: I installed English and Portuguese last versions (how to get the version numbers when it does not execute?), not at the same time, and it continues to do not launch...

PS2: There is a running Google Update proccess that is launched in startup:
   Name:            Google Update
   Type:            REG_SZ
   Data:            "C:\Users\Ubirajara\AppData\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c

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Probably - if a reinstall solves the problem. You could just open up Chrome once a week to let it auto-update. – ChrisF Apr 4 '11 at 21:09
Well, I think the cause would be it, but I'm not sure. I googled it but did not found anything about. I can test using Chrome one a week :) but I would like to know the cause and the best solution. ChrisF, do you know a way to program Chrome autoupdate (settings/command line for batch or shortcut/scheduling in Windows)? – kokbira Apr 6 '11 at 14:31
Sorry, no. There is the Google Updater tool - do you have that running? – ChrisF Apr 6 '11 at 14:32
Using Autoruns I can see some Google application that is launched with Windows startup... Later when I arrive home I can write its name. – kokbira Apr 6 '11 at 18:58
*I can see a Google application – kokbira Apr 6 '11 at 19:06
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If you have not deselected the options to back up your data -- on by default when you sign into Chrome with your Google account -- you can (uninstall and) reinstall Chrome. Your synced settings will be restored when you log in to the fresh Chrome.

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Sorry, I didn't see that you already tried that. This seems like the simplest route -- Chrome is built to be refreshed from a server, and will even install to a non system location by default, allowing it to be a transient, up-to-date application with data "in the cloud." I can't think of one reason why you would need to run the outdated version. – maxwellb Jul 16 '13 at 3:26

Are you running a third-party software firewalls of any kind? If so, are they configured to silently block executables that have changed (i.e. due to upgrade)?

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Surely these would either complain or block the reinstalled Chrome too. – ChrisF Apr 5 '11 at 22:24

It might be Chrome has some security feature that prevents it from starting if it's too out-dated. That would sorta make sense, because badly outdated browser is a big security risk. However, it should autoupdate itself, not just refuse to start....

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