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Windows 7: Baffling Chrome issue: almost all EXE's cannot be downloaded

21 Nov 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

As we are a site devoted to a MS OS, I dont think its appropriate to bash a MS product such as IE9. I also dont think the useage here of the word b.s. is appropriate either... no matter what your feelings!
I am not a big fan of IE9 its not a bad browser & security wise its pretty solid unless a user changes the security defaults in Internet options.
What i was attacking was Microsoft's use of FUD
Fear, uncertainty and doubt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .

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21 Nov 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

What about uninstalling Chrome with an uninstaller like Revo? Maybe Revo can dig a little deeper during the uninstall process then the standard Chrome uninstaller.
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21 Nov 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I had a problem not being able to install Chrome last year it was downloading OK but when I attempted to run the .Exe nothing was happening. It turned out i had to right click the file & extract the contents first I was using 7zip at the time.
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22 Nov 2011   #14

Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Sorry for the delay, as I didn't get notice of any of the newer messages here.

As it happens, I did try Revo yesterday. Separately, I also tried the manual uninstall below. Between all those, I really don't think it's possible that this relates to some kind of a lingering Chrome setting. It must be something in Windows on these two systems that is somehow, and quite suddenly, pertinent to Chrome. Since it also happens in Safe Mode, that eliminates a tremendous number of things.
Manually uninstall Google Chrome in Windows - Google Chrome Help

stve, that link was interesting, but I don't quite see anything there to help. I'm certainly glad I don't have that problem though: I'd rather have no EXE downloads than randomly corrupted ones.
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22 Feb 2015   #15

Win 8.1 Pro [x64]

just wanted to add a helpful, working work-around. i noticed if you change the extension of the executable file [add an xtra extension] such as ".exe.jpg" to the end of the filename during saving, it WILL save your exe file. when you open it up in file explorer, simply delete the .jpg extension and now you have a fully working and downloaded exe file. .....happy downloading again. at least till we figure out the actual sollution
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23 Jun 2015   #16

Win 8.1 Pro [x64]

Please let everyone know if this trick works for you, or does not work for your experience....and on which platforms/Browsers.... its now several months later with no fixes in sight, but this 'hack' does still continue to work for me.

it also works in other web browsers that are experiencing the same issues (on my machine... Opera acts up like chrome, but IExplorer downloads files without the need to use this 'hack'.)
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