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Windows 7: Downgrading Google Chrome (from 9beta to 8)

01 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64
Downgrading Google Chrome (from 9beta to 8)

Hi there,

I want to downgrade my Google Chrome from the beta to the stable branch, as I need a (more) reliable browser at the moment and don't have the time for the smallest (compatibility) issue. Can you tell me how to do that?

I already googled (and used the forum search), but I only found outdated and confusing information, nothing recent! And most people ask about upgrading not downgrading (which I not understand, as it's not difficult at all).

As one can assume I of course want to keep all my data + settings, that's why the thing is so complicated and I can't just do a reinstall (as of my current information and former experience with trying that -.-).

Thanks in advance!


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01 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Try this: Google Chrome - Get a fast new browser. For PC, Mac, and Linux
Edit: To save all of your bookmarks, just sync your settings.
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01 Feb 2011   #3

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

hi there
when you downgrade you have to remove all of the google chrome you have already installed on the machine here is the release notes Google Chrome Releases

Early Access Release Channels - The Chromium Projects

Before you change channels

Note: If you are reverting from a Dev channel build to a Stable or Beta channel, you may experience tab crashes on startup. This crash only affects tabs restored during the first launch due to a change in how tab state is stored. See Issue 34688 - chromium - Renderer crash @WebCore::KURL::KURL(WebCore::ParsedURLStringTag,WebCore::String const &) - Project Hosting on Google Code. It's always a good idea to back up your profile before changing channels.

Back up your data

Before you switch, you should make a backup of your profile (bookmarks, most visited pages, history, cookies, etc). If you ever want to switch back to a more stable channel, your updated profile data might not be compatible with the older version.

Make a copy of the User Data\Default directory (for example, copy it to 'Default Backup' in the same location). The location depends on your operating system:
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Windows Vista or 7: \Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
Linux: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
Note: If you're using Explorer to find the folder, you might need to set Show hidden files and folders in Tools > Folder Options... > View.
Enable anonymous usage statistics

Please configure Google Chrome to send anonymous usage stats to Google. The statistics we gather have no personally identifiable information. The aggregate of all the stats for all users in a release channel really help us understand how stable the release is and how people are using any new features.

Choose [Wrench menu] > Options (Windows and Linux) or Chrome > Preferences… (Mac), go to the Under the Hood tab, and check Help make Google Chrome better by automatically sending usage statistics and crash reports to Google.

Going back to a more stable channel

If you decide to switch from Dev to Beta or from Beta to Stable, the new channel will be on an earlier version of Google Chrome. You won't get automatic updates on that channel until it reaches a version later than what you're already running.

You can uninstall Google Chrome and re-install from to go back to an earlier version.

If you re-install an older version, you might find that your profile is not compatible (because the data formats changed in the newer version you had been running). You'll have to delete your profile data. Delete the User Data\Default folder (see the Before You Change Channels section above for the location). If you made a back up of your Default directory, you can then rename it to Default so that you at least restore some of your previous bookmarks, most visited pages, etc.

and sync the google account if you have one before you remove google chrome
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