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Windows 7: Google Chrome and Windows 7 x64

18 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 (x64) / Windows Vista (x86)
Google Chrome and Windows 7 x64

When you first install Google Chrome in Windows 7 x64, it doesn't work. It installs. It runs. But it doesn't actually display anything. I've found several fixes for the problem, but they're not complete. They only work if you launch Chrome from its icon.

The fix for launching Chrome from its icon:
  1. Right click the icon and select Properties
  2. Select the Shortcut tab
  3. Add a space and --in-process-plugins to the Target field, after \chrome.exe"
  4. Click OK

It's a pretty simple fix, but it works; however, it does have one disadvantage. If Chrome is not already open, opening a link from another program (if Chrome is your default web browser) or from Open With doesn't work. It's not a big deal, but after a few times, it can get on your nerves.

To completely resolve the problem requires a few changes to the registry. Essentially, we're applying the same fix to four locations in the registry with one minor change. The registry commands to launch Chrome contain additional arguments.

Each key needs to be changed from looking like
\chrome.exe" -- "%1"
\chrome.exe"--in-process-plugins -- "%1"

The registry keys to change:
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\chrome.exe\shell\open\command
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\shell\open\command
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Applications\chrome.exe\shell\open\command
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ChromeHTML\shell\open\command

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19 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Unfortunately the --in-process-plugins doesnt fix chrome for me.
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19 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64

Same here, in some cases it works, but the browser often crashes when browsing some ajax websites. I guess, we'll have to wait until Google releases a compatible version for Windows 7. It's a little strange that all other browsers seem to work fine with W7, but Google Chrome.
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19 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

yeah which means it wont be till next year when windows 7 hits retail :/
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20 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 Build 7000 x86

I didn't used chrome much since I installed Win7 x64 version but the --in-process-plugins seems to be working for me.
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11 Mar 2009   #6

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook
How to run Google Chrome in 64-bit Windows 7 Beta

I see it's mentioned on here, but here's a link for info. :) It's working perfect for me. Very fast also!

How to run Google Chrome in 64-bit Windows 7 Beta | Windows 7 Center
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18 Mar 2009   #7

Windows 7 RC Build 7201

Just installed the latest beta of google chrome on windows 7 build 7048 64bit and it works perfect now...install and runs fine without any changes to the shortcut...
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15 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Google Chrome HTML Icons

Hi, folks,

I just installed Windows 7 x64 Home Premium and have the latest Dev build of Google Chrome installed. It works fine except for one Windows issue that I wondering if any Chrome users have encountered: any HTML file shows up not as the Chrome logo but as a blank file icon. Granted, clicking on an HTML file: example.html will launch Google Chrome and I can view the document, but the icon won't change.

Here's what I've tried to alleviate the problem:

1. Deleted IconCache.db (several times)
2. Restarted the PC numerous times
3. Ensured that the Default Programs in Control Panel points to Chrome. (Even in Default Programs the .htm and .html files are blank icons there too.)
4. Changed screen resolution to 125% and then restarted. No luck.

Any thoughts?

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15 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

What version are you running exactly? The chrome logo thing was a symptom of version 3 series and Ive not seen it since.
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16 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64


Thanks for responding. My current Chrome version is:

5.0.342.3 (dev channel)
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