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About a week ago, I updated to the latest beta version of Chrome, 14.0.835.159 (Official Build 100066) beta-m. I immediately noticed the "Experimental New Tab Page" wasn't working -- and ok, I was warned.

Now I cannot even open about:flags. Instead, I get a generic "page not found" message:

This webpage is not available

The webpage at chrome://flags/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

Error 300 (net::ERR_INVALID_URL): Unknown error.

Weird stuff is bound to happen on beta versions, but am I missing something obvious? I can file a bug report on Chromium's issues, if not.

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I have a similar problem on the non beta version 13.0.782.220, if I use the about:about page and click the link for flags and several others, I get that message, but it loads if I type about:flags (or others) in the url bar. –  Moab Sep 12 '11 at 15:55
    
@Moab, thanks, I didn't even know of about:about. My version doesn't even list "flags" in that list. Interesting... –  zourtney Sep 12 '11 at 16:09
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According to their blogspot entry, about:flags was removed intentionally, citing stability issues.

This release disables chrome:flags. We are currently investigating some stability issues and are looking to see how greatly flags usage contributes to our stability metrics, hence we are temporarily disabling them. To see what other changes went into this release check out our change log.

The Release History page on Wikipedia states that the experimental "New Tab Page" will become the default in the next release, version 15. This isn't seeming like a popular decision, but at experiments should still be accessible for those running the Dev Channel.

See: Blogspot entry, Chrome Help Forum, Chrome Release History, blog


Edit: the Beta Channel updated to 14.0.835.162 this afternoon, re-enabling the about:flags page. Consequently, the experimental "New Tab Page" (and others) are re-enabled.

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