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Updating switch boxes

Go ahead and leave the file sitting in your download folder for now (or, if you’re a paranoid file archiver like us, label and archive it for eternity).

Since 2010, however, Chrome has included more advanced group policy settings intended to help network administrators streamline when/how Google Chrome updates when installed in a Windows enterprise environment.

The problem for home users and commercial users without a group policy system in place is that this group policy system sometimes hiccups and turns the automatic updating off.

Sometimes the auto-update process hiccups, however, and you need to manually adjust it.

The process is more complicated than it should be, but don’t worry: we’re here to walk you through it.

Have administrative access and about 10-15 minutes to follow along? While you can potentially fix the problem by diving into the Windows Registry and altering some registry keys and deleting others, we’re not going to instruct you using that method.

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Next, we’re going to fire up the Windows Group Policy Editor and install the custom Google Chrome template pack so we can successfully change the policies without touching the Windows Registry.

By default, Google Chrome automatically updates itself to make sure you’re running the safest and best optimized version of Chrome.The Group Policy Editor is only available to Windows Pro and above users (e.g.Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise, etc., Windows 8 Pro), unfortunately. Windows 7 Home) you’ll need to do the very mucking about in the registry we like to avoid leading readers into necessarily.Again, for emphasis, the technique and solution outlined in this article is focused on fixing Google Chrome update problems in a Windows environment.If your Chrome installation has this hiccup wherein the automatic/manual updating is disabled, you’ll find the following screen when you navigate to About -Update failed (error: 7) An error occurred while checking for updates: Google Chrome or Google Chrome Frame cannot be updated due to inconsistent Google Update Group Policy settings.Download a copy of the template here (direct link to file).