Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fix the Crashing Google Chrome Canary Build [Windows]

If you regularly use Google Chrome Canary build as your secondary browser like I do, you would have noticed that it crashes as soon as it’s opened. From what I’ve heard, the latest build has some issues with Sync and will definitely crash unless we fix it. Read on to find out how.

  • Open an Explorer window and type the following line in the address bar.

%localappdata%\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\

  • You should now see two folders namely 10.0.611.0 and 10.0.614.0; you will have to delete the latter folder and rename the former folder as 10.0.614.0 (We’re just tricking Chrome that the older version IS the latest one, doing this reverts you to the state before the recent Chrome Canary update and prevents you from getting the buggy update again).

Chrome Canary

Doing this should get back Chrome Canary for you, if it doesn’t leave a comment below and we’ll have a discussion!

UPDATE (Summarized): If you’ve recently installed Chrome Canary (within one day) , you will see just one folder. In that case, download this file and unzip it with 7Zip. Now replace the folder you’ve obtained after unzipping with the one that’s originally in the Chrome folder. If you aren’t able to do it, restart your PC and try replacing the file. Your Chrome Canary should work now!

I personally wasn’t able to test this out, but I’d like to thank Dylan (our reader) for testing the file I had put up for download. Thanks, Dylan!