I have downloaded the offline (consumer, i.e. not msi package) installer for Google Chrome. But when I run it, it tries to contact a Google server to check for a newer version. If it finds it, it will download that first, and then install that version. It doesn't use the version that is already there, as part of the EXE file. For me, that defeats the point of having an offline installer. I keep a repository of all the free and purchased software locally, so that I can install them quickly whenever I need to. But as more and more people get access to broadband Internet connections, many developers and companies are pushing for offline installers with new releases. Many software titles, like Google Chrome, are almost exclusively distributed with online installers.
File name: ChromeStandaloneSetup.exe
File version: 184.108.40.206
Size: 36.6 MB (38 416 368 bytes)
How do I install Chrome as is, without automatically checking for and getting a newer version?
Will Chromium command switches work with Chrome installer? Is there a switch to disable version check when running the installer?
The "duplicate" question linked to below points out File Hippo as a possible repository where you one can get previous versions of Chrome. They do have a healthy listing of pretty much every single Chrome version ever released on Windows, both beta, dev and stable versions. Unfortunately they don't host the installer files, they only redirect to Google servers for downloads, which only spits out the installers for the latest versions of Chrome. It's not just File Hippo, I also tried downloading an older version of Chrome from CNET Downloads, and they too just redirect you to Google servers for download.
For whatever the reason (security related probably), Google doesn't like anyone to install an older version of Chrome on any system. Apparently not even your common source for downloading an older version of a software, like the CNET Downloads, not even they are allowed to host the Chrome installer files on their own servers. The redirects to Google is probably dictated by Google.
Google is a dictator!
They don't even allow full standalone offline installers to be installed as is, without checking for newer version. I tried running the installer from cmd with some of the command line switches used for Chromium. I only ended up with errors.
The business oriented msi installer (GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi) might have some additional command line options you can use, but I wouldn't know if there is one that disables the check for a newer version. I have yet to find a complete list of switches you can use. The only one I've found so far is
/update but that only does the opposite thing. So I'll give up here and go back to the trusty Firefox.