How can i install Chrome for just myself?


By default, the Chrome installer will attempt to elevate, and install two system-wide services, as well as scheduled tasks. i need to run Chrome on a server that is not my own.

i don't want any Chrome footprint to exist outside of my user profile; and definitely not install any global services.

How can i have Chrome only for the local user?

Google does provide a Alternate (offline) Google Chrome installer (Windows)

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

But this "standalone" installer also installs two services.

This is complicated by the fact that this is a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, with UAC disabled. If UAC were enabled, and Google's installed tried to elevate, i would deny it.

Although, i know from experience, that if the current user could elevate, it will refuse to install. If the current user is a standard user (i.e. is already running at the highestAvailable) it will install just for that user.

But this is not my server; i cannot change the global UAC settings. Even if decided i should change it, it server needs a restart before the new UAC setting takes effect. And the hundreds of users of the web-server would not appreciate it.

How can i install Chrome for just me?

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    "Although, i know from experience, that if the current user could elevate, it will refuse to install" This seems not to be the case any longer. I said No to the UAC prompt, and it then recovered, asking if I'd like to install without Admin rights. – Ben Voigt Sep 7 '16 at 18:16

You might consider using the Portable Apps version of Chrome.


This version does not require "installation" and its updates are maintained by the PortableApps team instead of Google. I use it to have a 2nd version of chrome for testing.

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You can use Google Chrome portable, unzip it to a folder you have access to, and create a shortcut to it to where you want it to be (desktop, start menu, pin to taskbar, etc)

Because it is portable, it is not installed. Because you make the shortcut where you want it to be, no one else sees it. If someone still deletes Google Chrome, they're actively doing so because they don't want the software to be on your pc. If you are at a work location, it is likely this is against a policy, and you should contact a system administrator and ask if Google Chrome is allowed.

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  1. Get the offline Google Chrome installer from https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html?standalone=1
  2. Install it on another Windows box where you have full system permissions.
  3. Zip the entire app folder and transfer the archive to the box with the restricted account.
  4. On the target box unzip, create a shortcut, and benefit.
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