Chrome Updates are disabled by administrator

Just change update from 0 to 1

Chrome 32 came out with in January of 2014. Since then, I have not been able to update it on my windows 7 machine. That is until today.

My version of chrome was outdated and there was nothing I could do about it. I have administrator's right on this computer yet it wouldn't let me update. I downloaded the standalone version of chrome and it still didn't want to update.

I googled the hell out of it only to be redirected to some shady instructions under the Computer Management tool that never worked.

Computer Management Windows 7

That is until I found this simple post right here:

Double-click on UpdateDefault or DefaultUpdate
Change the data type 0 to 1

1. Save these instructions somewhere safe and close all instances of Chrome 
2. Press the Windows key + R, type regedit.exe and press Enter 
3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\ 
4. Double-click on UpdateDefault or DefaultUpdate 
5. Change the data type 0 to 1 
6. Exit the registry editor and launch Chrome

And just like that I restarted chrome and it updated to the latest version (42 in my case). I wish I could hug the person that wrote this answer.

This reminds me of the times I used to live inside Regedit. Everything you needed to customize in windows needed to be handled by this giant database of non sense. Well, it wasn't nonsense before but today I have no clue what is what in there.

Regedit command

It is a good day for me to pull out one of my windows registry books to refresh my memory.

Windows Registry Book


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