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I have a specific requirement (probably silly!) for testing a browser of Chrome. I realize this requirement isn't the most logical, but politics being what they may I'd like to know the technical workaround.

I need to test a site in version, let's say, 28 of Google Chrome. Obviously Google runs a silent updater which can be disabled, but at this point they don't (to my knowledge) release old archives of the MSI installers (which I can easily use to reinstall and force a no-update option for testing). If we can get this working on a single instance then there's a possibility that a virtual machine or some other workaround will give us an easy restore point to meet this test.

If anyone has a good idea of where to start here that would be amazing.

I've already floated the "why are we doing this question?" and the answer is that it is part of the requirements so we need to make a best effort.

UPDATE:

  • FileHippo appears to only archive the online installer (automatic update)
  • OldApps doesn't archive Chrome anymore
  • OldVersion doesn't appear to have any Chrome Archives

UPDATE 2: - The accepted answer's server is the correct solution here at this point in time. Basically speaking you're looking for the full install (30 or so MB). If you have an 800K file it is the online installer which automatically updates.

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The site http://www.go4it.ro/download/internet/google-chrome-28-11113372/ downloads a 33 MB file - can't check the version though without uninstalling and have not verified whether the site is trustworthy. Re-uploading to http://www.virustotal.com might be a good idea.

Found this by Googling another variation: chrome 28 download

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Thanks! I'll check these out in a safe environment. –  Daniel Chapman Nov 19 '13 at 22:05
    
These passed the security scan. Romanian appears to be the solution right now! –  Daniel Chapman Nov 20 '13 at 14:48

You could just "Google" the version you are looking for...

I just put "v28 Google Chrome"

and got as a hit. http://www.afterdawn.com/software/network/browsers/google_chrome_dev.cfm/v28_0_1500_20

UPDATE: A Site for you: http://www.oldapps.com/google_chrome.php

found answer on this site (has been asked before): Where can I download specific versions of Google Chrome?

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No luck here, other than the downloads being empty (though I am behind a serious firewall right now). This (and all others) look like the chrome-installer.exe (800kb) as opposed to the ~ 30MB offline installer. The chrome-installer automatically updates to the latest version! –  Daniel Chapman Nov 19 '13 at 18:10
    
I've managed to find version 17...lol : groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/google-chrome-frame/DQGveccMDsc its about halfway down. –  Mark Nov 19 '13 at 18:18
    
Close but no cigar! +1 for effort--I think we're barking up the wrong tree. But if someone finds more information that would be amazingly helpful. –  Daniel Chapman Nov 19 '13 at 18:35
    
did you spot the edit I made above? –  Mark Nov 19 '13 at 18:42
    
I did, I need to update these answers. FileHippo is only serving the 800KBK installer (not the full offline) and OldApps "no longer supports chrome downloads" –  Daniel Chapman Nov 19 '13 at 19:21

In this point in time, there is a Google help article about this - Alternate (offline) Google Chrome installer (Windows).

If you're having problems downloading Chrome using the standard installer at http://www.google.com/chrome, try downloading the browser using an alternate installer, available through the links below.

These alternate installers don’t require network connection to install Chrome, so you can install Chrome while being offline. Once installed, Chrome will attempt to automatically update whenever it detects that a newer version of the browser is available. However, your network configuration may prevent the browser from updating properly. It's recommended that you bookmark this page and come back periodically to manually download newer versions of Chrome. That way, you can be sure to receive important security fixes and feature improvements. You can see if updates are available by visiting the Google Chrome releases blog.

Choose between two alternate installers for Chrome:

If you're downloading Chrome for your own user account only, use this installer: Alternate installer for one user account.

If you're downloading Chrome for all user accounts on your computer, use this installer: Alternate installer for all user accounts.

After you've download the installer file you need, open the file and follow the instructions on the screen to complete your installation. For additional help, please visit the Chrome Help Center.

I'm not sure exactly what's the difference between the two installers offered above, but the two links do point to two different URLs. However, I have downloaded both of them, and compared them with a diff tool and they appear to be binarely same. Here are some details about current online and offline installer.

Current version of Chrome being 34.0.1847.131.

Online installer
File name: ChromeSetup.exe
Size: 863 kB (884 704 bytes)
File version: 1.3.23.9
SHA-1: 8BC28875E8B2D4327FF1CB11FC6337B95D5620D8

Offline installer
File name: ChromeStandaloneSetup.exe
Size: 36.6 MB (38 416 368 bytes)
File version: 1.3.21.115
SHA-1: 2393BAB7F408DC8D30F039FCA5D6B45600A0C4E7

If you must have an MSI file for installation in a corporate environment, or for your testing, try this URL:

http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?msi=true

You can find more information here:

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/1628156?hl=en

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You're correct here: the problem is Google doesn't release older versions which was the original reason I raised the question. The larger file is an offline installer. The other "auto updates". –  Daniel Chapman Apr 26 at 3:54

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