How to Stop Automatic Chrome Updates in Windows
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Chrome updates are pretty unobtrusive, but if you’ve decided you don’t want to them to run automatically, there’s actually no setting in the browser to turn them off. Fortunately, Windows users can disable automatic updates in just a few easy steps.

Method 1: System Configuration

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  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. In the System Configuration window, go to the Services tab.
  4. You’ll want to look for the two following items: Google Update Service (gupdate) and Google Update Service (gupdatem). To find them, it may be easier to check Hide all Microsoft services.
  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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  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. (You can also open this window by opening Windows Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Services.)
  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 Update Chrome Now to Make Your Battery Last Longer Update Chrome Now to Make Your Battery Last Longer Google Chrome can put incredible strain on system resources, burning through your battery quicker than it should. However, the latest version of Chrome alleviates this particular issue. Read More . 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.

Have you turned auto-updates off? Why did you decide to disable the feature? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?