How to disable automatic Chrome updates in Windows

As one of the most popular web browsers, Chrome receives regular updates that are meant not just to add new features but also fix bugs and improve security. The default settings ensure these updates are delivered without the user’s intervention, although it is possible to disable automatic Chrome updates in Windows.

There are certain benefits to having updated installed automatically – firstly, you save all the time that would take you to do it manually, and secondly, you will always get them as soon as they’re available.

Nevertheless, sometimes updates don’t work as well as expected and if you’d like to make sure Chrome doesn’t get any without your knowledge we’ll show you how to disable automatic Chrome updates in Windows.

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How to disable automatic Chrome updates in Windows

There are several ways you can disable automatic Chrome updates in Windows. One of the simplest ones is via System Configuration. To access it, press the Win key + R combination – this will open the Run dialog. Type “msconfig” without quotes and hit Enter on your keyboard to run the command.

This will open the System Configuration panel. There, go to the Services tab and uncheck the option that says “Hide all Microsoft services”.

Now, scroll through the list of services and locate the ones called “Google Update (gupdate)” and “Google Update (gupdatem)”. Uncheck them and click Apply then OK to save the changes.

It’s also possible to disable automatic Chrome updates via the Registry Editor. To do this, open the Run box just like for the first method (using Win key + R) and type “regedit” then hit the OK button.

Once the Registry Editor opens, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Policies. Right-click the Policies folder and select New -> Key. Name the key “Google”.

To continue, right-click the Google folder and select New -> Key again. Name this key “update”. In the right-pane, right-click on an empty area and select New -> DWORD. Name it “updatedefault”.

Click on the “updatedefault” DWORD value you just created and its editing window will open. Set the “Value data” to 0 if it wasn’t already. Click OK.

From now on, Chrome won’t update automatically. However, it’s still a good idea to update it manually on a regular basis. To do this, open Chrome, click the three-dots icon in the upper-right corner and navigate to Help -> About Chrome. If there are any updates available they will be installed right away. Once they finish installing you will be prompted to restart the browser.