I am using Google Chrome. I re-installed it today as it was crashing when I start it. I guess may be that this was due to any of my Extensions or Google Update. I disabled my extensions but it was still crashing. Now I installed an old version of chrome from http://www.oldapps.com/google_chrome.php. However, Chrome automaticallyuppdates itself (although Windows asks me before installing and I don't grant it permissions, its still annoying to get Google update asking me permission after a couple of minutes.

I saw the question at Disable auto-update of Google Chrome however, it doesn't seem to hlp me. i disabled the service and I stopped it as well, but the problem still persists. I also tried to look into the registry according to the following link: http://www.sitepoint.com/how-to-disable-google-chrome-updates/ but the "Policies" section of my registry doesn't contain any folder called "Google". I use Windows 7 - 64 bit Home Premium Service pack 1.

Could anybody help? Thanks a ton!

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    Did you try simply creating the registry key? It doesn’t exist by default because Google doesn’t want to make it easy to disable auto-updates. Also, be aware that even if you disable the update plugin (in chrome://plugins), it will spontaneously re-enable now and then (whenever Google wants). Likewise, deleting the Google Update Windows Scheduler tasks is no good because Chrome keeps recreating them. Instead, just disable them; so far that works… for now.
    – Synetech
    Dec 13, 2013 at 3:33
  • Thnx!. That's useful. :) Dec 13, 2013 at 6:02
  • Please see this answer; posted to the other question to avoid clutter.
    – Enrico
    Oct 18, 2018 at 22:13

5 Answers 5

  1. Download a windows group policy template "Google Update Administrative Template" from Google Site.

  2. Open the editor by typing "gpedit.msc" into the search button on the start menu and click the resulting link

  3. Navigate to User Configuration - Administrative Templates Step 3

  4. Right click on Administrative Templates, select add/remove templates from menu bar.

  5. In the popup box click add button and navigate to where you downloaded the GoogleUpdate.adm file and then click close button Step 5 Step 5-2

  6. You should find a new entry under Local Computer Policy - Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Classic Administrative Templates called Google Step 6

  7. Navigate to Administrative Templates - Google - Google Update - Applications - Google Chrome.

  8. Right click on Update Policy Override and select edit.

  9. Click enabled button and in the scrollbar list under Policy choose Updates disabled and click OK

  10. To be sure that update not occur, Go to Start > Run > msconfig > Startup > Disable GoogleUpdater.exe

You have now stopped Google Updater from checking for updates for Google Chrome

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    Everything goes fine till step 5. In step 6 I don't get any Classic Administrative Templates called Google Jan 14, 2013 at 4:49
  • I tried it a minute ago and it worked like a charm. In step 5, in the popup dialog, are you able to see an entry like "GoogleUpdate 250KB"?
    – Hele
    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:22
  • No. Initially, I got a dialog saying "The file has a name that is too long or in invalid" So, I renamed it to "GUpdate" then nothing happened. But I didn't see any entry too. Jan 14, 2013 at 5:26
  • Try re-downloading the file. Do you have teamviewer installed?
    – Hele
    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:38
  • Yeah, i do have it. Jan 14, 2013 at 6:20

the best way to disable Google chrome auto update is as follows

  • Go to oldversion dot com and download old version of google
  • Use Advanced unsinstaller to completely uninstall current (Updated) version. This will also get rid of registry entries
  • Download update freezer and create a shortcut on desktop
  • Disable internet
  • Restart PC
  • With internet disabled, install old version of Chrome
  • Ope Update Freezer and Disable Google auto update

You are done


from http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/GrNPXViSjpI

  1. Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Schedules Tasks (or search for Task Scheduler in Control Panel) . Look for Active Tasks, delete all Google Auto Updates Tasks
  2. From Chrome browser, open chrome://plugins/ , disable Google Update.
  3. From Start menu, run msconfig.exe -> Start up tab, disable Google Update ( though it seems automatically come up again)
  4. Open your task manager, find the GoogleUpdate.exe in the task list, locate the file, and delete it
  • none of these options worked for me, in Windows 7.
    – logoff
    Dec 22, 2015 at 17:58
  • updated - Open your task manager, find the GoogleUpdate.exe in the task list, locate the file, and delete it
    – duchuy
    Dec 23, 2015 at 10:00
  • this is a very bad way to solve it. proper answer is the on of @Hele
    – logoff
    Dec 24, 2015 at 12:17

One method to disable silent updates in Chrome is to manually add the policies to the Windows Registry. The Windows Registry key responsible for determining how Google Update updates Chrome can be found in the following Registry key and value:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update "Update{8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96}"

This value can have 4 different DWORD settings assigned to it that describe how Chrome will be updated. These different DWORD values are:

0 - This setting corresponds to the Updates disabled policy setting. This means updates are completely disabled for Chrome.

1 - This setting corresponds to the Always allow updates policy setting. This means that updates are always installed regardless of whether they were found via periodic silent updates or a manual update check.

2 - This setting corresponds to the Manual updates only policy setting. This means updates are only applied when a user performs a manual check.

3 - This setting corresponds to the Automatic silent updates only policy setting. This means updates are only installed when they are found via the periodic silent update check.

To change the Google Update setting for Chrome simply create the above key and value and assign one of the above value.

If you don't wan to play with registry then download the following registry files and run them. The first one will enable Manual updates and the second one will restore Chrome back to its normal defaults of updates being installed via silent updates or manual updates.

Registry file to set Chrome to Manual Updates only
Registry file to reset Chrome back to its default update policy (Manual+Silent Updates)

Simply download one of the above Registry files and save them to your desktop. Then double-click on the registry file and allow the changes to be merged into the Registry. The changes to Google Update for Chrome will now be set.

For more you can read this source.

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    I don't have a folder called "Google" in the "polocies" section of my registry. Jan 14, 2013 at 6:32
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    @TheRookierLearner, that’s normal (Google has no desire to make it obvious how to disable auto-updates); just create it.
    – Synetech
    Dec 13, 2013 at 3:31

I have done the steps mentioned before, but somehow it doesn't work for me, so I decided to rename the "GoogleUpdate.exe" that Google uses for updating its products, and Chrome remains in its installed version.

However if you rename it and as "GoogleUpdate" is responsible to update all google products so you'll no longer receive updates from Google.

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