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Using Windows 8 and trying to start Google Chrome from the start menu fails, doesn't show any error or open the browser. When double clicked on the desktop, it says

Class not registered 

When I run the program as an administrator it works. How to get it working?

The class isn't registered

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This seems to be an artifact of this bug, and seems to be caused by a system-wide install, as your screenshot indicates(Chrome is present in Program Files\Google\Chrome as opposed to %localappdata%\Google\Chrome)

Try checking for presence of these registry entries in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM) & HKEY_CURRENT_USER(HKCU)and delete them:

HKLM\Software\Classes\Chrome (all of it)
HKCU\Software\Classes\Chrome (all of it)
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Thanks for letting me know, deleting the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Chrome fixed it (it seems I didn't have those others). –  MikkoP Nov 10 '12 at 10:48
@MikkoP Cheers! –  Sathya Nov 10 '12 at 12:08

Create this reg file and double click on it to import it

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00






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up vote 1 down vote accepted

Sathya's answer worked temporarily but it got annoying not to have Chrome as the default browser. Links didn't work in other programs and so on.

Reinstalling Windows 8 worked. The upgrade process from Windows 7 had messed up something.

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Try uninstalling it, then reinstalling it.

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Thanks for answering, but the same problem occurs. –  MikkoP Nov 9 '12 at 18:06

I tried in Win8 with another way, right click the exe file, and select pin to start/pin to taskbar then it works.

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  1. Run cmd.exe in administrative mode ( search cmd.exe and right click, run as admin... )

  2. Copy and Paste these each line, one by one in cmd and press enter. Cmd.exe will ask you Do you want to continue? Press "Y" letter and press enter...

REG DELETE HKLM\Software\Classes\Chrome
REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Classes\Chrome
REG DELETE HKLM\Software\Classes\ChromeHTML\open\command\DelegateExecute
REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Classes\ChromeHTML\open\command\DelegateExecute

Here is the screen shot;

cmd.exe administrator mode

Note: Don't mind if cmd.exe print "ERROR: No path found" etc. Just continue to copy & paste and run each line...

Caution - These commands may delete your Chrome plugin ( add-on ) settings...

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