[CC] Trick to get Google Chrome’s standalone installer (instead of using Google Updater)

With Google Chrome being used by hundreds and hundreds of people around the world, it is becoming so popular that it’s winning everyone’s hearts by releasing every possible feature it can add to its newer versions. It has almost all the features needed to become the world’s most preferred browser. I am sure many of you reading this article are also fans of Google Chrome browser. We all love it and try to install its latest version as fast as possible but there’s one bad point when it comes to downloading it. Google Chrome’s official website makes us download Google Updater, which is essentially a download manager for Google Chrome. This Google Updater automatically updates Chrome, stays on all the time, and often wastes bandwidth/computer resources. This is a problem to those who are limited in bandwidth (and/or computer resources) as their precious usage gets wasted due to these download managers.

So, if you are one of those people that want Google Chrome but don’t want Google Updater, there’s a trick through which you can get Chrome via the “standalone installer” without the need to download the Google Updater software.

The trick is very simple. Typically when you want to download Chrome, you would go to http://www.google.com/chrome and click on the big blue button that says “Download Google Chrome”. This would then take you to http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html from where you would have to accept Google’s EULA. Once you accept Google’s EULA, Google Updater starts to download. The trick to avoiding Google Updater is to add ?standalone=1 to the URL address. In other words, instead of going to http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html, you should go to http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?standalone=1. At the new URL, after you accept the EULA Chrome’s standalone installer will being. In other words, no Google Updater! The standalone installer is 20-25 MB in size (the final size changes as Google modifies Chrome; it is 22.6 MB at the time of this writing). Once the installer downloads, simply install Chrome like it is any other program.

Editor’s Edit: It should be noted by not using Google Updater, you won’t be able to regularly update Google Chrome via their options/about menu. You will need to download the standalone installer every time you want to update. Thanks Jyo for bringing up this point!

Now you can enjoy Chrome, without the Google Updater annoyance! Yaaaa hooooooooooooo… (no pun intended).

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22 comments

  1. Smart3go

    I used to go to http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/Google-Chrome.shtml for the standalone version but since Chrome 20 and “the Apple iPhone peculiar naming scheme”-like Chrome 22 Google seems to piss “its” geek fans by NOT allowing the big standalone version but a downloadable installer standalone version!
    I KNOW!!
    Updater probably included and all since Chrome bugged with its updates lately.
    Now could someone slap Google on “its” face and bring back some senses in its vocabulary base and software?

  2. lowfive

    Sorry to link away, but I’ve had continued success using a different method that differs slightly. The method used is described here: http://forums.techguy.org/tech-tips-tricks/789168-get-offline-installer-google-chrome.html

    Please note that in this article I’m linking to they suggest using filehippo to find the most recent version. I use a slightly different source for that info: instead of looking at filehippo, I go straight to Google’s Chrome release log/version history ( http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/ ) where every release is listed and described. Further, I scroll and find the most recent stable version as I’m not a big fan of testing the beta/dev versions.

    As of 11/3/11, the most recent stable version is 15.0.874.106. Thus, to download this release I will be using 874.106 in the link.

    Hope this helps.

  3. TechLogon

    Interesting but the lack of automatic updates would be a deal breaker for me as Chrome updates so frequently.

    Those having problems with Firefox, take a look at your add-ons, the leading cause of FF slowdown/crashes. If you have always done in-place upgrades from version 2 onwards, high time to uninstall and install the latest version from scratch – gets rid of 5 years of obsolete/incorrect files and settings. Chrome doesn’t have as much of a problem with legacy versions as it started 6 years later.

  4. SilenceIsGolden

    One way to avoid all the unwanted “extras” coming along with Chrome is to use the no-calling-home-version released by SRWare. Their Iron browser is based on Chrome’s sourcecode. All the details (and the download, of course) can be had from their website: SRWare’s Iron
    They constantly update it, whenever there’s something new with Chrome. I started using it about a year ago and now completely switched from my standard browser (Opera, which I had since its first version came out!!). I don’t work for them, am just a huge fan — and not such a huge fan of the whole Googleversum. ;-)

  5. pip

    I did this as you said and got the OFFLINE INSTALLER but it seems Google must have changed something as the Updater still installed, even though it was stopped from connecting to the Net during the install, maybe it used BITS, i do not know. So i Extracted the ChromeStandaloneSetup.exe, Deleted the GoogleUpdateHelper.msi and GoogleUpdate.exe, to be on the safe side and Renamed and installed (( 11.0.696.68_chrome_installer.exe.{8A69D345-D564-463c-AFF1-A69D9E530F96} )) and it seems to work ok with no GoogleUpdater Running at all and now i can Play Angry Birds at http://chrome.angrybirds.com/ without installing more Google Rubbish Addons. By the way i have no other Google Apps etc running on my Puter, just the Chrome mentioned on this page.
    Has anyone else Run the the OffLineIstaller and found GoogleUpdater was installed as well. I
    found GoogleUpdater listed in the Task Scheduler after installing 1st time round and Disabled it from there, before uninstalling and doing what i have listed above.

  6. Don

    I tried this and got two alerts from Scotty at WinPatrol. One for a new startup for Google Update and a second for an ActiveX also for Update.

    Google update is not listed in Programs and Features. But these alerts will drive me crazy. I can probably kill these permanently with WinPatrol but I think it will be easier to just give up on Chrome.

  7. Rob (Down Under)

    @Ashraf:
    Which version of FF do you have ?

    If it is 4, then I must tell you about how, in the old West, we could tell who the ‘Trail Blazers’ were.
    They were the ones with all the arrows sticking out of them.

  8. mohsen

    hi ashraf , good tip, but i think it would be better if you could introduce a software with ability to track downloading links ,this would help for any web installer, for now the only software i know is outpost firewall pro.

  9. Mayank

    @Ashraf: Thanx Ashraf for having my post agreed and yeah you’re right.
    English is not my mother tongue instead it’s Hindi and am a male (just for ur kind info). :D

    Hope my article would be very helpful to everyone…

    And am too a big fan of dotTech and as I heard of this CC thing i instantly wrote an article for it..

    And again a big thanx to dotTech and Ashraf.. Really Thank You guys… :D

  10. Harry44Callahan

    Neither, it happened a couple of times to me, completely obliterating my old install of Chrome. I just simply downloaded the new Chrome from Filehippo and installed over the old. I was surprised it didn’t work like IE or FF.

    Harry

  11. Harry44Callahan

    I have never tried this but have done something similar. I installed the latest version manually and to my dismay lost all my configs and settings in doing so. Unlike FF it will not retain them on a manual update. I’m assuming this method will do the same thing. I’ll not install Chrome with the gamble of losing all my settings and add-ons.

    Harry

  12. Jyo

    Is this the same as downloading chrome from sites like MajorGeeks and Softpedia (also around the size described)? If it is, then you cannot automatically update chrome by going to the about Chrome section in their menu. It always gives me the version check error and error 3: cannot connect to server. This was dang annoying for me, maybe someone can confirm this same problem?

  13. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Bruce Fraser: LMAO, I had a similar reaction when I read it. Gotta give Mayank a break though; English most likely isn’t his/her first language. Taking that into consideration, not only was this article written in very good English, but it takes a lot of courage to write an article in a language that isn’t your first tongue.

    @prema: Glad to see you like it! I hope to see your wisdom in a CC article soon. :-)

  14. prema

    ashraf i just want to tell you the CC thingy is really great! I love getting emails from dottech [no joke] and so now i shall create a personal label and filter just for dottech.com!!!
    hooray!!!

  15. Robert

    I use Zone Alarm, so I went ahead and checked it out.. Zone Alarm shows me that the installer is connected to the internet after the install, or that it grants itself access.. I of curse turned it off with Zone Alarm..

    I still like Firefox better..

  16. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Michael: I am not too sure myself. I have not done this myself (never had the need — I am not bothered by Google Updater). However, I took a look at it and if I had to guess I would say do the following:

    1) Uninstall Google Chrome
    2) Check C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Google\Update (<— Windows 7, if you are on earlier Windows version this will differ) to make sure that is deleted. If you manually deleted this you want to make sure you are not using any other Google products that need the updater, because otherwise they may not work properly.
    3) Install via the standalone as described above.

    Let me know how it goes.

  17. Michael

    If I currently use Chrome, I (1) just download and install as described? (2) uninstall current Chrome, and install as described? (3) Uninstall Chrome and ?????? and install as described? Thank you very much! Great tip, which will be followed.