Chrome not working after Windows 7 updates

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techdoodle

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Sep 12, 2014
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I had the same problem, opened chrome after September 2014 MS critical updates and nothing would load in chrome. This solution worked for me: I opened task manager and closed everything related to chrome, all instances, crash handler, updater, even Adobe flash. When I next opened chrome, I got the message that it didn't shut down correctly and did I want to reopen tabs. I selected no. I had to change my homepage in chrome, but other than that everything is now fine. Hope this helps someone.
 

NeverTellMeTheOddz

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Oct 7, 2014
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Had the exact same problem, and found a workaround (for my system, at least):
1) Locate the Google.exe file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application
2) Right-click on the file and choose Properties.
3) Go to the Compatibility tab, and choose "Run this Program in compatibility mode for Windows Vista".

Chrome is running just fine for me since making this change. (And by changing the .exe file properties, the change works no matter how you kick off Chrome.)

Who knew Windows Vista would actually turn out to be useful for something? :)
 

guitars555

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Nov 12, 2014
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I have had this problem several times over the past 2 years. Extremely frustrating. I am not a computer tech and only know enough to make me dangerous. That said, I have solved the problem on my computer. I just asked - what changed?. I went to windows update and looked at the updates that were just done (most recently yesterday 11/11/14). Sure enough, Microsoft .NET framework had an update. I uninstalled it and presto - Chrome works again! This has worked several times over the last 2 years. At first I just did a system restore but later wanted to know more specifically what had changed that affected Chrome.
For the life of me I can't figure out why MS or Google haven't addressed this issue. Geez, am I the only one who can figure this out? I doubt it. Still, not having updates to .NET framework must leave my machine vulnerable in some way, right?

 

eddielee394

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Nov 20, 2014
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Same exact issue as OP. This worked for me as well. Switched chrome over to vista compatiblity & now working fine. Not sure what caused the issue in the first place, though.

 

planehopr

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Jan 14, 2015
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After my computer does a window's update, chrome almost never works. I can't get into settings or anything, nor can I load any web pages. I found a simple fix. Do a control-alt-delete and go into task manager. Close all chrome programs in all the tabs. Once you close all the processes, reopen chrome. It loads for me.

By the way, even when chrome isn't working. IE and Firefox do work. I was frustrated for a long time, but then I figured out if I close all the running programs and processes that say "chrome" I can load it.
 

guitars555

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Nov 12, 2014
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Spencer Sanders

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Jan 19, 2015
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I don't have any amazing terminology or great answer. I did the very same thing you did. I found the one thing on the new install I usually don't do. Checked the send usage statistics to google. I uninstalled. and put back without option. No issues. Maybe its just mine, just wanted to throw it out there.
 

zaraa

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Mar 20, 2015
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hi ok this is what u need to do right click on chrome on ur desktop then click on properties u then will see this option (target: "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" now all you need to do is edit it to "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -no-sandbox and then click on ok problem sloved open chrome and its good to go hope this helped :)
 

spstack

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Apr 2, 2015
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With my Win 7 Ultimate 64 installs, I have run into browser crashing of varying levels with the worst level being IE, Chrome, and Firefox not running more than a minute or so. Makes it difficult to diagnose/research various problems. Have wasted time on everything you can imagine. Today I downloaded latest offline 32 bit and 64 bit java installs. Ran both of these and made sure no older versions installed. Pulled up IE, Chrome and Firefox individually and veryified Java (on Java website) and problem seem to be fixed. Browsers working fine so far.
 

Ollie Townsend III

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Jun 5, 2014
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Today is May 13,2015. Just did a couple updates to Win 7 x64 and Chrome would not load anything when I brought it back up. Killed all Chrome processes as suggested by Techdoodle and said no to reopening the pages. I am now making this comment via Chrome, so good advice!

 

Andy_Runi

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Jan 29, 2016
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If you have problems with google chrome on windows 7 64 b just DISABLE WINDOWS SEARCH INDEX.
I'm not an expert but i think chrome interferes with windows search index, hope this is just a coincidence i don't think google will do this on purpose. :)
 

ruach77

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Jun 25, 2015
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JanJ69

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Mar 19, 2016
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was almost on my way out the door to replace my computer! I use Chrome ALL the time, and my system was more or less locked down and would do nearly nothing.
 

xerosum

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Sep 29, 2016
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I know this thread is old but I tried this step for an issue I was unable to resolve. Every time I started chrome I would get a popup that "windows firewall has blocked some features of this program" When I turned the firewall off and opened chrome windows would automatically turn it back on when I started chrome and prompt with the blocked features message. It was driving me nuts. Thanks for the help on an unrelated issue.

 

Jeffrey_43

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Oct 30, 2016
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Starting October 2016 I found that my Google search and browser would not work properly or not at all. Like you I tried everything, but no to no avail" I eventually tracked the problem down to the newer Microsoft updates. I am running Windows 7 home SP1 64-bit. These are the main problems I was having. Stopped Google search history being retained and auto complete would stop working. Caused Freezing on web pages. Amazon.com web page will load but will freeze every time. The web page must be closed after it freezes. This was my FIX! Uninstall of KB3185330 (Important Update) Uninstall KB3192403 (Optional Update) You can try to load these updates and try for yourself and then just uninstall after you see the problem it causes. It should be a crime what Microsoft is doing and they are only hurting their customers. Microsoft should be investigated for violating antitrust laws.
 
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