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How to Stop Automatic Chrome Updates in Windows

Dan Price Updated 27-03-2020

Google Chrome updates are pretty unobtrusive. However, if you’ve decided you don’t want them to run automatically, there’s no setting in the browser to turn them off. For people who prefer a more granular level of control over their updates, that’s an issue.

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Fortunately, Windows users can disable automatic updates in just a few easy steps. Keep reading to learn how to stop Chrome updates on Windows.

Method 1: System Configuration Utility

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The most common way to stop chrome from updating on Windows is to use the System Configuration Utility (also known as MSConfig).

  1. Open the Run prompt. You can do this by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R or searching for Run using Cortana.
  2. Once it opens, type msconfig and hit Enter.
  3. Open the Services tab.
  4. Look for the two following items: Google Update Service (gupdate) and Google Update Service (gupdatem). To find them easily, it may be easier to either check Hide all Microsoft services or click on the Service column header to sort the list alphabetically.
  5. Uncheck both Google items and click OK.
  6. You will be prompted to restart your computer for these changes to take effect.

Method 2: Windows Services Manager

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The second method way to prevent Chrome from updating uses the Windows Services Manager tool.

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  1. Open the Windows Run utility. You can do this by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R or searching for Run using Cortana.
  2. Once it opens, type services.msc and hit Enter.
  3. Scroll down to Google Update Service (gupdate) and Google Update Service (gupdatem). Double-click each item and in the General tab under Startup Type, select Disabled from the dropdown menu and click OK.

Google warns against disabling updates, and in some cases, they bring with them some much-needed changes. By foregoing updates you may be missing out on critical security fixes, so definitely bear that in mind before you decide to disable auto-updates.

To learn more about using the Chrome browser, check out our list of the best Chrome extensions for better security The 8 Best Chrome Privacy Extensions for Better Security Google Chrome privacy extensions aren't always private! Here are some of the best add-ons for Google's less-than-private browser. Read More .

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  1. ESP
    June 17, 2020 at 1:15 am

    This doesn't work. It only looks disabled, but GoogleUpdate continues to run in the background. DISABLED in ALL places in this article and rebooted. This article is missing how to "really' stop GoogleUpdate.

  2. Hausenheimer
    January 22, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I was just notified by MS365. I was told "Be aware and prepared - web site you use may not work in Chrome 80". I am on Chrome 79. I do believe I should turn off auto-updates for a little while, maybe until Chrome 81? Maybe they will hotfix the issue before they launch Chrome 80?

  3. RAKESH SINGH BISHT
    August 15, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Applications running using .pac file were not running after new update.

  4. RAKESH SINGH BISHT
    August 15, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Applications running using .pac files were not running on new Chrome updates.

  5. Solar Flair
    May 4, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I play an older FB game and to add the scripts to help me play it, I need Tampermonkey. Chrome has blocked Tampermonkey. FireFox did the same.

  6. ivoryjellyfishh
    April 18, 2019 at 9:15 am

    i cannot find gupdate and gupdatem on system configuration services

  7. jonathan kinsman
    March 28, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Gone back to 71.xxx because 73.xxx causes my displays to flicker every 20 seconds or so. Obviously some bug conflicting with my HP Z210 onboard graphics controller.

  8. Neil
    March 24, 2019 at 5:41 am

    I use content management softwares to block NSFW content. Google has made it impossible for users to block NSFW content using softwares from Chrome 72 upwards. I use two softwares, none of them are working on Chrome, in other browsers, these softwares are working fine they are working. Am going back to Chrome 65, and permanently blocking updates. This company does not care about people. It just wants your data which is equal to money, even if that means depriving you control from blocking bad content. Content management softwares are like seat belts. You have to buckle up everytime you drive, Google comes and removes that seat belt, and tells you, you can't wear put it on. Such a horrible company. I like it because of extensions, but Vivaldi is still chromium based and uses extension. If it fails again, I will permanently uninstall and move to Vivaldi - it's equally good

  9. Geoff Reaumont
    March 23, 2019 at 2:33 am

    I turned off updates because GOOGLE obviously has NO RESPECT for the people who use their products. They effed up my system 5 times in the past year or so with their unannounced updates. They violate my privacy and my will for MY equipment.

    If they want to play with my world, then let the bastards give me the equipment and software and stop WASTING my money. Otherwise keep the F$%^*#%^ hands off my stuff.

  10. BarryH
    February 9, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I wound up here to find out how to reactivate Chrome updates after disabling them and forgetting the what I had done, but after reading these comments it looks like post-v. 69 Chrome *still* isn't ready for prime time ... *sigh*.

    I've been on Chrome 68 ever since *immediately* disabling updates after reading about the version 69 horror show.

    The gupdate and gupdatem processes above are driven by GoogleUpdate.exe. On my Windows 8.1 system the configuration is

    gupdate: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /svc
    gupdatem: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /medsvc

    In addition to stopping and disabling the two services in the Administrative Services Windows Management Console I renamed the Google Update program GoogleUpdate.xxx

    I think all the browser designers should cool it with the constant updating, try to stabilize their existing applications, and only do genuinely critical security updates.

  11. Angelpie
    February 4, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I'm going back to version 71 and blocking updates because v. 72 does not work and play well with Comodo, and I'm not changing firewalls.

  12. Michael Breskin
    February 4, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I am blocking Google Chrome Update Version 72, (current update last week) because it now prevents me from accessing my workshops on CreativeLive.com's website.

    Google insists on automatically updating my browser without my permission.

    I am sick and tired of Google breaking my system!

    I will do everything to block their updates.

  13. steph
    September 25, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Yet another reason to keep using Firefox. Forcing users into something is not a smart way to go.

  14. T
    September 21, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Why would chrome follow the same steps than Windows 10 regarding forced updates knowing how people have reacted to that? Looking at all those "How to disable updates in Windows 10" videos should give anyone an idea of how disliked that feature is, It should be up to the user to decide if they want to update or not, like Firefox or Windows 7 do.

  15. abc123
    September 18, 2018 at 5:20 am

    These methods seemed to work for a bit but chrome updated to latest version as soon as i restarted my pc

    • MeH
      November 22, 2018 at 10:44 am

      These steps should be done just after the below solution. The methods described in this article can't stop Google Chrome from automatically update itself. Follow the method below:

      - For newer versions of Chrome, simply delete/rename (or zip backup) the 'Update' folder in ''C:\Program Files\Google\Update'' or in x64 systems: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update". You may also delete/rename the GoogleUpdate.exe in that folder.

  16. Dominik Tarcsay
    April 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I'm using Google Chrome Canary (68.0) - unfortunately, neither of the solutions above worked for me.
    Is there any other way to prevent Chrome from auto-updating itself?