How to switch chrome to an older version by neerajdocstoc1


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									      Chrome Update & Back To Older Version
Google Chrome gets updated quite very often. One may not have noticed it because Google

automatically updates and installs the latest stable version of Chrome. Even Firefox is trying to

play the catch up game but, still one don?t think they will ever catch up when Chrome is already

at version 18 now and Firefox is only at v10 [Till date 15-Feb-2012].

Whatever the case is, have anyone ever wondered what goes on when Google Chrome is being

updated? Will the new version overwrite the old version? Or does the old version gets uninstalled

automatically? The answer is the previous version of Google Chrome are kept and not removed. If

you check the folder where Google Chrome is installed, you would noticed that there are 2

folders with different version numbers and two chrome executable files (chrome.exe and


Obviously chrome.exe with the newer version number are the most updated Chrome while

old_chrome.exe and the folder with older version number is obsolete. One probable reason that

the old version is still kept because of rollback purposes but the official Chrome FAQ page

mentioned that they don?t recommend you to roll back Google Chrome to a previous version.

The old version of Chrome takes up about 80MB space from your hard drive and it is actually safe

to remove the redundant old Chrome files since they are not being used at all. If you want to
manually delete the outdated Chrome from your computer, here is how you do it. First you need

to enable show hidden files, folders and drive from Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab.

Then open the following location with Windows Explorer.

On Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Local Settings\Application


On Windows Vista/7: C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application

Delete old_chrome.exe file and the folder that shows an older version number. Alternatively, you

can use a free and portable tool called OldChromeRemover which automatically detects the

obsolete versions of Google Chrome and deletes it when the user press the Y button on the

keyboard. OldChromeRemover requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and also Run as

Administrator to work.
Download OldChromeRemover :


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