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How to Deal with Google Chrome Installation Fails

Since it was released in 2008, Google Chrome has been one of the most widely used browsers. This is because of its impressive resources and speed. With the goal to make it a better in-house browser, Google made sure that Chrome will have the efficiency and speed to load quickly and perform at its best all the time.

It’s not bad either that Google Chrome is exceptionally safe to use, with lots of features that protect against phishing and malware attacks. Security updates are rolled out with high frequency too.

So when Google Chrome installation fails, it can be a bit disappointing. The good news is there are ways to fix the problems.

Google Chrome Installer Failed to Start

  1. Load the Run dialog box by simultaneously pressing the Windows key + R.
  2. Open the Registry Editor by typing in regedit and pressing Enter.
  3. Make sure to backup your registry for anything else.
  4. From the Registry Editor menu, go to File > Export.
  5. Specify a destination location where the registry backup will be saved. At the Export range, select All and press Save.
  6. After backing up your registry, navigate from the left pane and look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Update\Clients.

This can be:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Update\Clients on Windows 64bit.
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Google\Update\ClientState on Windows XP.
  1. Look for the Clients folder and expand.
  2. Look for a folder labeled 430FD4D0-B729-4F61-AA34-91526481799D, right click, and select Delete.
  3. Navigate from the left pane and look for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Update\Clients.
  4. Expand and search for a folder labeled 430FD4D0-B729-4F61-AA34-91526481799D. Delete if it exists.
  5. Close the Registry Editor window and then try to install Chrome again.

Google Chrome Installer Failed on Windows 10

On Windows 10, the installation failure may come with an error code. If you see Error 1603 and 0x00000643, you’re going to need an install and uninstall troubleshooter from Microsoft.

  1. Download a program that fixes problems that keep certain programs from being installed or removed. Select the Download button from Microsoft’s website and install like you would other programs.
  2. Launch the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter. Click Next to start troubleshooting.
  3. You will be given two options – Installing and Uninstalling. Since the problem is that you can’t install the Chrome browser, choose Installing.
  4. Click on Google Chrome if it appears on the list. If not, click Not Listed > Next. This will start processing the problem and will return a notification about which problems were fixed afterward.
  5. After running the program, install Google Chrome again.

Google Chrome Updates Fail

There are times when Google Chrome updates do not install successfully, which is often linked to your firewall. Since it is risky to disable your firewall completely, you should add an exception instead.

  1. Open the Start menu > Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall.
  2. From the left menu, click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall.
  3. Click on Change Settings > Allow another app.
  4. Go to Browse > My Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Documents and Settings.
  5. Look for a folder with your username and open it.
  6. Go to Local Settings > Application Data > Google > Update.
  7. Look for a folder with the highest number, open it, and select googleupdate.exe.

Need help with download and installation of Chrome on different platforms? Check this out.

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