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Chrome to Program Files?? About time...
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October 12, 2012
11:58 PM
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It seems Chrome now installs to Program Files folder by default. Better late than never! This is only when you install from scratch though; if you update from an older version, your old AppData installation directory won’t get moved.

October 13, 2012
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Interesting. When did this happen, do you know?

October 13, 2012
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I was fresh installing the latest version of Chrome on one of my pc’s today and just realized this. But the change had to be recent though, because I also fresh installed another copy 2 versions ago, and that one installed in AppData directory. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find this revision in any change log.

October 18, 2012
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Would you happen to know if it is possible to move Chrome to Program Files without losing saved settings, extensions, etc?

October 18, 2012
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this sounds like a horrible HORRIBLE kludge that could lose all your setting/extensions/bookmarks, and I have no idea if Chrome Sync works this way (I don’t have Chrome installed on any computers so to anyone trying this, it’s not my fault, you were warned :-p ).

* IMPORTANT: backup Chrome / your setting (no, I don’t know how)
* Set up Chrome Sync and if you can test that it [a] works and [b] is syncing everything. (me, I’d install Chrome onto a 2nd computer and use that to see if Sync is syncing everything)
* Uninstall Chrome (and I’d use something like Revo Uninstaller Free to make sure everything is gone)
* re-install Chrome (as new/clean install it should go into the Program Files folder, yes?)
* sign into Chrome and +++hope+++ Sync will put all your setting/extensions/bookmarks back into Chrome for you.

and if that actually worked …. yeah, I’m surprised too :-p

actually, an easier way might be

* backup setting
* uninstall Chrome
* install Chrome (hopefully in goes into Program Files folder)
* restore setting from the backup

ah – this looks informative about backing up Chrome
http://www.ghacks.net/2008/09/15/google-chrome-backup/

It is actually no problem to backup Google Chrome profiles manually by copying all files stored in the Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data folders to another location.

Good luck :)

and remember, it’s not Grantwhy’s fault :-p

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October 18, 2012
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Well you see, the user profile settings still remain in the AppData folder. However, the new Chrome now puts the actual program (the Application folder) into Program Files. So to summarize, the generic Chrome files get placed in Program Files, while the user data remain in AppData. This actually makes so much more sense now, since you only need to install in the admin account once, and now everyone can use it. And, each login account would now have its own AppData directory for its own bookmarks, settings, and such.

 

It basically follows the standard approach for installing browsers now. It follows the same scheme as Firefox (actual program in Program Files, and user data/profiles in the AppData directory, so each login has its own profile)

 

Based on all this, I would say yes to your question, with the exception of extensions since I’m not sure if this is stored in AppData. When you uninstall Chrome, uncheck clear personal data, so your AppData (which contain your settings and bookmarks) remains intact. Then reinstall, which will put Chrome in Program Files, and it should auto detect your old AppData directory and retain your old settings. Like I said, I don’t know about extensions.

 

Like Grantwhy, don’t blame me if it doesn’t work out lol, but I am 80% sure this method will work. 

 

Just to clarify: <C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Data> is where your profile is stored, so DON’T delete this. Better yet, make a backup of this manually just in case.

Edit: The location Grantwhy mentioned is I believe for Windows XP. For later Windows versions, it’s stored in the directory I mentioned.

October 18, 2012
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Because of this new change, and the fact that ABP has improved even further that I very rarely see missed ads, I have officially switched from Iron to Chrome on all my machines. Of course, the one annoyance is the GoogleUpdater spamming your startup, task scheduler, and services. But these can be disabled easily, and you can still update Chrome normally even with these disabled. Bye Iron, it was fun while it lasted.

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