Windows 7 and Google Chrome

As I reported yesterday, Mozilla released the latest Firefox 3.5. Which is even faster now. Read more about it here.

This article is a little dated – right now Chrome is amongst the most popular browsers on the market. Initially, Chrome had a lot of problems which were discussed below

But what is Google and Microsoft doing?

There was quite a hype about Google’s Browser Chrome when it had been released, but right now it’s pretty quiet. Of course there are still plenty of people who are still using it, but it surely wasn’t Google biggest success. How could it? On Windows 7, Chrome doesn’t even run properly, there aren’t many plugins (any good at all?) and many people are becoming more careful about trusting Google with everything they do online.

Google Chrome Fix to make it run on Windows 7

Before I could run Google Chrome on Windows 7 I had to fix it. First I tried to update it, but it wouldn’t even connect to the update server:

Updating Google Chrome on Windows 7

Updating Google Chrome on Windows 7

After that, I was looking for a fix. Some sites suggested to add “–in-process-plugins” to the .exe

Fix Google Chrome on Windows 7

Fix Google Chrome on Windows 7

It worked, but my connection was still pretty slow I went straight for the developer edition, which you can grab here.

After closing Chrome, I tried to install it but it seems Google’s browser won’t stop their updating services properly:

Google Update Processes

Google Update Processes

In the end the dev edition was working a little bit better, but not much.

Personally, I just don’t see a reason to use Google Chrome!

I don’t want to bash Google, but it’s funny on a “Google Chrome Plugin Forum” one of the hot topics is “Top Firefox plugins that we need in Google Chrome“. Isn’t that a bit pathetic? Imitating firefox just to dominate another market niche? Well, firefox wasn’t built in one day, so if they would come up with something new and fix the major bugs I will use Google Chrome again.

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17 Responses to Windows 7 and Google Chrome

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    r0ach said:

    Total BS! Chrome works perfectly in my Win7. Its more reliable than Firefox which goes “Not Responding” every once in a while.

    Chrome is by far the fastest browser(though Safari does keep up) now. Its revolutionary interface and the way its coded is targeted at the new internet.

    Firefox also took time to get its share of addons. So will chrome. Peace..

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Lucky you. Well, right now it’s not working at all on my PC. Dou you have a proof that Chrome is the fastest browser? It is a indeed a very light browser .. well it’s like Google, very minimalistic.

    I’ll check out some speed benchmarks and see if I can fix Chrome…
    Actually it just annoyed me that I’m not able to use it :<

    I did a fresh OS install today, so maybe more luck now

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    ~Secret~ said:

    That’s weird Chrome works just fine for me too….

    It does seem faster then Firefox but idk for sure.
    It’s hard for me to get by without my FF plugins though so I usually only use it when I’m playing a game and want to browse the net at the same time, because it uses less ram then FF does(plus it has that cool built in task manager).

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sixpack_cuda said:

    Chrome worked perfectly from the beginning for me on W7.

    After switching to Chrome I have a hard time going back to anything else. It’s not cluttered with buttons, and I haven’t even bothered with toolbars (can you use toolbars with Chrome?) It leaves plenty of room on the screen for viewing websites, and it looks great.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    ku_____;) said:

    check your internet connection it might be some knots their or just download newer version OF chrome

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    ku_____;) said:

    and ya chrome worked fine on my w 7too

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    d0od said:

    Chrome works flawlessly for me – stable, beta and dev versions. Has done since the beta of Windows 7.

    You’ve obviously got a stuffed up installation of Windows – perhaps try running CCleaner to fix any reg conflicts.

    The speed of Chrome is so blatantly obvious to all and every – if every major tech blog can say that, i don’t think they’re just “lucky” to have got it working.

    there’s a lot of anti-Google FUD on this site, hence why i shan’t be coming back.

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Anan Desni said:

    Google Chrome works perfect on my Windows7. But have some trouble to drag the tabs, its always extract dragged tab to a new window. Anyone have this issues?

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Ben said:

    Worked fine on windows 7 for me, and after doing dll tests with multiple browsers, all the major ones, google chrome turned out to be the fastest, also has the best download manager and the home page is just so good, its usability is off the chart and it looks so good, it needs more plugins like a foxit plugin but otherwise its easily the best browser for any os. however wrote this article is full of it.

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Thomas said:

    I did have some issues with chrome on the first few RC editions of Windows 7
    After it hit RTM though these issues have been cleaned up.
    Not sure if it was Microsoft or Google who fixed it, but it has worked like a charm ever since.
    As I’m not one for using plugins, I am perfectly happy with the minimalistic looks and snappy feel of Chrome, which is critical in these netbook times with small widescreen monitors.

    The home page in Chrome is very nice, but I do think credit is due to other browsers as Chrome was certainly not the first to make it.

    Opera and Safari both have similar home pages, which had more functionality than Chrome until recent updates.

  11. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Nick said:

    GChrome has worked since day one across all versions of windows that I’ve used it on (xp, vista, 7, even 98). It seems much faster at loading web pages, and definitely starting up (~15-34 seconds Firefox, ~1-3 seconds GChrome). One thing I really like is that Google Chrome always seems to work. Even when it doesn’t work, it’s working! (I’m referring to the Chrome Task Manager) And Google Chrome is perfect for me since I never used the Mozilla plugins. The only real complaint I would have with it is that flash seems to be choppier and use higher cpu percentages than on IE/Firefox. Other than that, it seems to be the perfect web browser for me. I’m very impressed and can’t wait for the debut of Google Chrome OS!

  12. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    c-lo said:

    Chrome doesnt work on my Win7. It runs super slow, have tried all the recommendation to fix it and no luck! I love chrome but like I said it runs super slow and usually pages dont load up the first time.

  13. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Anirudh said:

    Chrome gave me a lot of problems for some reason on both 7 as well as Vista.It used to crash as soon as i tried to run it for some reason?Has it happened to anyone else by the way?
    I reinstalled 7 twice before Chrome started working properly again.But yes the lack of addons does make Chrome a bit unattractive at times. If addons are added to Chrome it will use more memory as well.It’s only cos it’s so minimalistic that it doesn’t use much memory.

  14. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    David said:

    Chrome works perfectly on Win7 if I am logged in as a local user.
    When I log to my domain Chrome is invisible. Install it, it works fine, log off and on again and Chrome disappears. Any ideas

  15. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    kayoko said:

    I have not had any problems using chrome on win7. I tried a lot of browsers in my search for the best fast light browser and found chrome to be the best. I use it on windows 7 for all my browsing apart from OWA, which all non ms suffer from. Really, give chrome a try and most will stick with it.

  16. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    thelper said:

    Chrome (v5.0.375.126) worked fine at first on my new computer with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit). However, after I installed the latest Windows security updates and altered my account settings to “normal” user instead of administrator Chrome didn’t work anymore. Chrome just kept loading without ever showing anything and after a while showed a “pages not responding” message. It didn’t matter which page I went to, even trying to browse my own hard disk in Chrome and the “about:memory” page in Chrome failed.

    After trying some things (adjust firewall settings, reinstall chrome, the “–in-process-plugins” options some people suggested online, turned off the “Automatically detect LAN settings” in IE) I finally installed Chrome under a administrator account and it worked! Then I switched back to my own “normal user” account, removed and reinstalled Chrome but it failed again. Chrome under the administrator account still works though, but starting Chrome in my normal account (even with the “Start as administrator”) does not work!?

    I guess there is some sort of rights issue with Chrome under Windows 7!?

  17. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    JakeJacobss said:

    I think IE9 is better then chrome. I have been experiencing problems loading some sites with IE, those sites load properly..

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