All this is on Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and is fully up to date with it's patches. I was running Chrome 37 when it said it wasn't able to upgrade chrome (it didn't give a reason why). So I uninstalled Chrome and reinstalled it from scratch. Now I'm at Chrome 39.
I should also point out that I have changed my Program Files location by manipulating
ProgramFilesDir (x86), and
ProgramW6432Dir in the registry at
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion because I have an SSD and would rather install on my secondary drive. These registry values are changed to
D:\Program Files and
D:\Program Files (x86) accordingly. I've had these values changed for a couple years and have never had issues with it (except some programs still manage to install to C). If at all possible, I'd like not to change these back to the C drive.
Chrome installs without a hitch and I can find it in C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe along with it's accompanying files in the same folder. After installing, it pins itself to the taskbar and runs an instance of the browser. With that instance going, the pinned Chrome icon in the taskbar is highlighted normally just as you'd expect. If I close Chrome and attempt to reopen it by the pinned shortcut, I get this popup:
Semi correctly, there is of course no file there in the D drive. However it shouldn't be looking in D, it should be looking in C where it successfully installed.
I hold shift and right click the shortcut and click properties. The
Target of the link is pointing to the D path. I change the D to C, click Apply, click OK, and try to click the link again and I STILL get the popup above! If I go back to the properties, it has reverted back to D instead of changing to C. I remove this taskbar link.
So I tried going to
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe and dragging the exe to the taskbar to create a shortcut directly to the exe. This is where things get weird (again). After clicking on the new link, Chrome opens as expected and a SECOND Chrome shortcut will popup on the taskbar:
Then the original link will become unselected after about 3 seconds:
Then the original link disappears and the new link gets a default icon after about another 3 seconds:
Closing Chrome and using the new generic icon pinned in the taskbar behaves exactly the same as above where it says it can't find it on the D drive. Again, I can't change it's properties without it changing back.
I've restarted a few times and uninstalled/reinstalled Chrome a dozen or so times by now. I've tried both Google Chrome's Single User installer and it's Multiple User Installer as suggested by a few outdated forum posts. Never am I offered a choice of where to install Chrome (if I could, I'd put it in D so it wouldn't be on my SSD and things would stop complaining).
I'm at my wits end! What's happening here and how can I set up a simple link to Chrome?