How to Disable Google Chrome Update

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By default, Google Chrome regularly performs automatic updates to ensure that you have access to the most stable and secure version of the Web browser. You can stop Chrome from updating by configuring either the Group Policy Editor or the Registry Editor. Since Chrome updates contain the latest security fixes, disabling updates can pose security issues.

Group Policy Editor

Step 1

Download the Google Update Administrative Template., which contains the options required to change Google Chrome's update policies. After downloading, press Window-R, type gpedit.msc into the Run box, and then click OK.

The gpedit.msc command open the Group Policy Editor.
The gpedit.msc command open the Group Policy Editor. (Image: Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Step 2

Right-click the Administrative Templates option under Computer Configuration. On the context menu that shows up, select Add/Remove Templates.

You must manually add the Google Update Administrative Template.
You must manually add the Google Update Administrative Template. (Image: Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Step 3`

Click Add, select the downloaded Google Update Administrative Template from your hard drive, and then click Close.

Upon clicking Close, the template gets added instantly.
Upon clicking Close, the template gets added instantly. (Image: Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Step 4

Under Computer Configuration, double-click Administrative Templates | Classic Administrative Templates | Google | Google Update | Applications | Google Chrome. On the right pane, double-click Update Policy Override.

Update Policy Override lets you modify Google Update policies.
Update Policy Override lets you modify Google Update policies. (Image: Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Step 5

Click the radio-button next to Enabled, and then use the pull-down menu next to Policy and select Updates Disabled. Click Apply, and then click OK. Exit the Group Policy Editor to finalize the changes.

Updates Disabled prevents Chrome from receiving updates.
Updates Disabled prevents Chrome from receiving updates. (Image: Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Tip

  • To re-enable automatic updates later, select Always Allow Update on the Policy pull-down menu.

Registry Editor

Warning

Step 1

Press Windows-R to open the Run box. Type regedit into the search bar, and then click OK to open the Windows Registry Editor.

The regedit command opens the Registry Editor.
The regedit command opens the Registry Editor. (Image: Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Step 2

Double-click the keys labeled HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | SOFTWARE | Policies | Google | Update on the left pane. Double-click the DWORD registry entry labeled AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes to the right of the window.

AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes determines how often Google Chrome checks for updates.
AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes determines how often Google Chrome checks for updates. (Image: Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Tip

  • If you don't see Google listed under the Policies key, you must manually create the missing keys.

    • Right-click Policies, point to New, and then select Key. Enter Google as the name, and then press Enter
    • Right-click the newly created Google key, point to New, and then select Key. Type Update as the name, and then press Enter
    • On the right pane, right-click a vacant area, point to New, and then select DWORD (32-bit) Value. Enter AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes as the name and press Enter.

Step 3

Enter 0 as the value, and then click OK. Exit the Registry Editor to save the changes.

A 0 value prevents Google Chrome from checking for updates.
A 0 value prevents Google Chrome from checking for updates. (Image: Image courtesy of Microsoft)

Tip

  • To enable Google Chrome automatic updates, enter the default value of 1400 into the AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes registry entry.

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