I tried to update google chrome browser on my office desktop running Windows XP SP2. Due to some mysterious reasons, the update was finished but the google chrome did not load. I restarted the desktop but it was on no use. The desktop shortcut was also not working.
After I checked the target path of the shortcut, I realized that the target files were missing.
After all this mess, I realized that during the upgrade, something went wrong, the files got deleted but not installed back again properly. In this article I will share the solutions to this problem.
The problem arises because of abrupt or abnormal termination of the google chrome update because of some reason. To solve this problem, try the below steps:
1. In case the Google Chrome was previously Installed, Uninstall the previous one by going to Control Panel > Add Remove Programs (Programs and Features In Windows Vista). This will ensure that the registry entries for the wrongly installed or bad-installation is removed.
2. Go to the Location
For Windows XP : C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Google\Chrome\
For Windows Vista : C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\
At above location, you will find some Google Chrome files, delete them manually before trying another fresh installation. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
3. Download and Install the Google Chrome From Google Chrome Official Website or you can Download Google Chrome Full Setup [ Offline Installer ] and try a fresh installation.
4. If you are reading this step, it means that the first three steps 3 did not work for you. This is quite possible as google chrome beta versions can be bit unstable sometimes. In this case, i would recommend to download the portable version of Google Chrome and extract this package by double clicking it. Paste the extracted folder into the Program files or C:, create a desktop shortcut of file at location “\Portable_Google_Chrome_18.104.22.168\Chrome\Chrome.exe” and Enjoy google chrome without any Installation. You can copy these files to a pen drive also and run it on any windows computer from the pen drive only.
This portable version also had a chrome_update.exe application, that will update the google chrome to its latest version available. It worked like a charm for me. Hope it will work well for you too.