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How To Run Google Chrome On Windows 7 64 Bit

by Chrome Blog on January 7, 2009

As per the recent trends and statistics going around on the internet, Google Chrome after it came out of Beta Version gained in on its Browser Market Share significantly. Although it is difficult to accurately calculate its Market Share it is somewhere in the region of 1.10% – 1.25%, enough to get it past the much older Opera Browser.

Though the rise of market share has been significant for Chrome, mainly due to its hype generated, the aggressive marketing and advertising by Google and the most important factor being that Chrome is a Google Product, its increase has been somewhat hampered by lack of any Mac Version or a Linux version for the browser, apart from extensions and plugins support so far.

I have been getting loads of emails about queries for the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome which actually undermines the fact that once these versions are released a lot of new users would come to Chrome. I was also hearing about various compatibility issues with respect to Google Chrome running on the latest operating system from Microsoft – the Windows 7 64 Bit versions. Today i came across a nice post from BlogsDNA who posted the solution for making Google Chrome work on Windows 7 64 Bit. I am pointing out the steps below to make it work :

Make Google Chrome Work on Windows7 64 Bit

  • Right Click on the Google Chrome Shortcut Icon
  • Click on Properties and Select the Shortcut Tab From the Properties Window
  • In the Target Field put –in-process-plugins right after chrome.exe
Google Chrome For Windows 7
  • Click On Apply to save the changes and Then Click on OK to close the window
  • Now Open Google Chrome It would work on your Windows 7 64 Bit.

If there are any queries then that you may have you can let us know by leaving a comment here.

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1 vb 01.09.09 at 7:33 am

Thank you very much. Worked perfectly.

2 mp3zone.in 01.10.09 at 1:17 am

Thank you very much

3 bob 01.10.09 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for this, If anyone else is having trouble and copies and pastes, at least in my browser (FF3) the two dashes are formatted into one longer dash, unlike the screenshot.

4 J 01.11.09 at 1:07 am

I keep getting a… “The name ‘C:\Users\MyName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –in-process-plugins’ spesified in the Target box is not a valid.”, error any ideas on how to get it to work. I really enjoy Google Chrome and i would like to get it back up and running. Please help. Thanks in advence.

5 Traffic 01.11.09 at 3:12 am

Perfect… Thank you…

6 violeaf 01.11.09 at 6:28 am

Hi there, thanks for this, but… I can actually run Chrome without adding the line in the properties, but the problem is the content of pages won’t load after entering the address and hitting enter. Would you happen to know what’s happening here? Cheers!

7 J 01.11.09 at 8:44 am

Well I was able to get it to work. I found out that I had to put the command after the ” in the line at the end so that it looked like this

[“C:\Users\MyName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –in-process-plugins]

8 Tyris 01.11.09 at 5:42 pm

violeaf, that is what this fixes (at least did in my case).
I’m still getting instability and slow speed from Chrome though… I generally run baout 30-40 tabs at a time which might be responsible, but I keep getting the “sad tab”, tabs locking up, or the entire browser crashing…

9 DrBob 01.12.09 at 11:31 am

works a treat..
thanks for the info.. :)

10 deepdvd 01.12.09 at 8:47 pm

Here’s my problem. Sure, I can run it from a shortcut this way… but HOW do I get it to actually work as my default web browser? ( I don’t mean making it my default browser. I mean making it WORK)

If I could modify the .exe to always use the “–in-process-plugins” parameter, it would work. I’m not sure how I would accomplish that.

Typing a URL in my run line, for example, works if I already have opened Chrome using the modified shortcut because it has already been opened using the parameter, but NOT if it isn’t running already

Any ideas?

11 Mark 01.12.09 at 11:56 pm


What you do is right click on the desktop shortcut for Chrome, and in the target box it says:


Change it to:

“C:\Users\MyName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –in-process-plugins

Then you just get whatever third party application to launch the shortcut rather than the .exe

12 deepdvd 01.13.09 at 4:24 pm

Even though what you said wasn’t what I was asking, and didn’t solve my problem… Pondering about it after your response helped me to realize what I needed to do.

@anyone who wants the solution

Run Regedit and do a search for chrome.exe on only Data elements
Anywhere it has the following…
“C:\Users\deepdvd\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” — “%1”
Change it to…
“C:\Users\David\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –in-process-plugins “%1”

of course anywhere it says deepdvd, it should be your username instead.

Solution!! yay

13 deepdvd 01.13.09 at 4:25 pm

Uh, and if you didn’t notice from my last comment, my name is David (I forgot to change the second link to deepdvd… oops!)

14 Scotch 01.13.09 at 11:47 pm

Where do you get the Earth plugin for Chrome? I assume it exists.

15 Khalid 01.17.09 at 2:19 pm

No way to make it works, I’ve followed your instructions step by step, nothink happenes..what a lost.

16 stephen boggs 01.29.09 at 10:23 pm

I too am running Chrome on a Windows 7, HP dv9000 laptop 64 bit w/ 4Gb RAM. Have tried everything noted above and still no “joy.”

17 ben 02.05.09 at 12:36 pm

i did what deepdvd says and it works perfect with digsby. also changing the shortcut on the dekstop to –in-process-plugins works as well. just remembers its 2 dashes before “in”

18 Mark 02.14.09 at 10:14 am

Google Chrome version now seems to works fine in Windows 7 x64, specifically:

1. without the need to specify –in-process-plugins on the command line/shortcut anymore.

2. is able to self-update without UAC needing to be on.

19 Daniel 04.12.09 at 9:55 am

Everyone that is having trouble….make sure you have 2 ‘-‘ before the word IN…..if you copy paste off this site…it doesnt work properly…change the ‘-‘ to ‘–‘ and it should work for you 😀

20 Bob 05.06.09 at 1:08 pm

Worked GREAT!! Thanks.. I was dreading having to use IE8 again.. Whew..

21 DJ 05.17.09 at 2:30 am

I found that if you copy n paste from this page, the – are wrong, delete all the – and re input them. and the — seemed to work best.

22 michhes 05.27.09 at 11:33 pm

Not recommended according to Google:


Apparently upgrading to v2.x addresses the problem anyway and you can always change to the developer channel.

23 babi 06.26.09 at 3:15 am

“The name ‘C:\Programme Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –in-process-plugins’ specified in the Target box is not valid.Make sure the path and file name are correct”. The above error occurs even after I put %1 after it.Actually I am trying to run vb.net project which works well in other browsers except chrome and mozilla.Anyone please help me.

24 lucian 09.13.09 at 3:56 am

i know what you are trying to say but i can’t install it !! so i can’t get it to work…

25 Fredrik To 10.01.09 at 5:41 am

“The name ‘C:\Programme Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –in-process-plugins’ specified in the Target box is not valid.Make sure the path and file name are correct”.

If you get this error, make sure you have the filepath in “‘s, like so:
(sorry, couldn’t remember the name for the ” thingy :p)
“C:\Program Files\Chrome\Chrome.exe” and then the command behind the last “, but not with it’s own “‘s, like so:

“C:\Program Files\Chrome\Chrome.exe” –in-process-plugins

So that’s the final step, like, that’s how it should look, like the above line. Make sure the Folder Path is the same as the File Path, or else you won’t be able to hit the Apply/OK buttons.

26 Christer02 10.11.09 at 12:41 pm


I have tried all these like 6 times and still havnt got any to work. I have Gateway M-1634u with windows 7 64 bit and cannot get Google Chrome to work.
If anyone knows a different way to fix please help me?

27 Lee 01.04.10 at 10:37 am

I’m running Chrome Portable from Portable Apps. The version is Dev. I have no problem downloading extensions from http://www.chromeextensions.org/ on my work pc which runs Windows XP, but I can’t get them to download correctly on my home pc which runs Windows 7. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance…

28 hugo 01.15.10 at 12:10 am

I can’t understand this “How To Run Google Chrome On Windows 7 64 Bit”!!! lol I have win 7 64 bit, and never did nothing this, my chrome version is and work fine.

29 cibi 02.03.10 at 10:49 am

hi i just installed windows 7 and i’m not able to install google chrome its shows me an errror message
google update installation failled with error 0x8004071c

30 Rick Gilbert 03.16.10 at 1:43 pm

When I clicked on apply I got this message
specified in the Target box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct.

31 Josie Tyrrell 04.11.10 at 3:37 pm

Hi. I just downloaded chrome and it would not work properly so I came to this site and found my answer. I’m using windows 7 64 bit and tried everything you said here but it would not accept it until I did this.

C:\Users\Josie\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –in-process-plugins
There is a space after exe then 2 dashes.
Hope this helps some people.

32 Rick 06.28.10 at 5:01 pm

Thanks Josie, Your direction helped most!

33 jojo 06.29.10 at 2:00 pm

i have finally managed to all the above – actually with a whole copy and paste and then replacing my name – when i pressed apply – this time it worked….. very exciting – BUT…… when i clicked on the desktop google thing – this came up –
Error 102 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED): Unknown error.

please help – we love google, but we just can’t use it –

34 Windows 7 Tips 07.05.10 at 5:00 am

I also facing the same problem to using google chrome on my Windows 7 64 bit, can any simple solve anybody now please post.

35 buddysgirl50 08.06.10 at 5:59 pm

Josie Tyrrell..ty ty ty your instructions were perfect. the space after the exe worked great

36 Braandon 09.03.10 at 2:59 pm

Hey Urrrm I Did The Space But Then When I Open It Up. Thats Another Problem.. Will Anyone Be Able To? I Managed To Actually Get The …in-prgress.. Thing To Work Thanks To Josie But When I Open Up Chrome It Shows This,

This web page is not available.

The web page at http://xn--in-process-plugins-6m9j/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

Will Anyone Help Me Please..?

37 kikaaa 12.03.10 at 5:58 am

were can y dowlaond google chrome 7

38 hector 12.03.10 at 7:14 pm

I do all the combos and NOTHING NADA,
any fresh idea ?
get only a white page
oh and before i get a windows asking is i allow this program to made changes in the hard drive …???

39 z3sh@n 12.06.10 at 8:35 pm

I struggled with this for a while until I saw the following posted by someone “Tas” in another forum – worked like a charm!

The best option is to switch to the dev mode, update to the latest (which works fine with windows 7) then switch back to stable .. your stable copy will simply start upgrading again when the current stable version is older than the updated dev version you installed.

1. Download and run the Google Chrome Channel Changer (http://chromium.googlecode.com…).
2. Click the circle next to the channel you want to get updates from (DEV).
3. Click Update to save your choice.
4. Click Close.
5. In Google Chrome, click the wrench menu and choose About Google Chrome.
6. Click Update Now to install the current channel’s release.
7. Restart Google Chrome.
8. Exit Google Chrome.
9. Download and run the Google Chrome Channel Changer (http://chromium.googlecode.com…).
10. Click the circle next to the channel you want to get updates from (DEV).
11. Click Update to save your choice.
12. Click Close.

40 Paul 12.07.10 at 6:26 am


41 abhijeet 12.10.10 at 3:31 pm

I installed latest chrome on Win 7 64bit its installed fine but whenever i open chrome my dell studio 15 laptop hangs for 1 min .

I tried your trick but doesn’t work !
so is there any solution to run chrome on 64bit win 7 without hangs ???

42 sam 02.17.11 at 11:17 am

hi ive tried doing what you have written and it comes up with the name ”c:\program files\google\chrome\application\chrome.exe -in process-plugins’ specified in the target box is not valid.make sure the path and file name are correct……could you please help me with this …thank u

43 ipl 2011 04.13.11 at 10:14 am

its not working dear……

44 aries 05.23.11 at 6:07 am

google chrome help window 7 64bit not installe due to incompatibility..tnxz….!

45 Kaela 07.31.11 at 4:49 am

I have tried entering this in so many times in so many ways and it is still not opening up. Please help me.

46 club penguin cheats 08.22.11 at 10:49 pm

good point ^^

47 GrimmTale 09.24.11 at 10:19 am

Honestly…do you guys just pounce in here, post your problems, and NEVER read any of the previous answers/responses?
…Use IE, you apparently can’t handle Chrome….geesh.

48 cham 11.29.11 at 8:28 pm

I cant click or do anything in the ”target field”, help me…

49 Vinoth 12.12.11 at 12:05 am

Hi ,

I have a desktop application coded by VB.NET, Install chrome extension by my app. any ways for that…..

50 Katashi 02.02.12 at 9:30 am

good day.
I have a problem. on Windows 7 I can not log on youtube.com. not in Google Chrome, but not in Internet explorer. Wondering if I should miss a plugin or something? it still has an error “Error 324 (net:: ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): Server closed connection without sending any data.”

51 Robby 03.23.12 at 7:25 am

thanks people , space and two dashes worked great for me .

52 tornadohunter006 03.26.12 at 9:38 am

I like chrome but just got a new system with IE9 Ill stay with that. JAVA AND CHROME DONT GET ALONG WELL ( opps caps ). Neither does Java and Firefox :o(

53 karen scott 09.29.12 at 7:08 pm

The property options you talk about are not available options for me

54 nicky 11.02.12 at 7:33 am

The solution # 39 posted by z3sh@n worked perfectly for me

55 Andy 11.08.12 at 12:05 am

I’ve downloaded Google Chrome and did everything accordingly yet it still won’t work. I’ve tried trouble shooting it and everytime I click it, the permission screen appears, I accept, and then nothing happens afterthat point.

56 bleu35 02.09.13 at 2:10 am


Your instructions worked like a charm! Keeping it simple like you did was exactly the outcome…it was simple.

I too was having issues with Chrome on my 64 bit Sony Vaio Laptop/Windows 7 like most of us above. It was slow lagging for up to 4-5 min and pull up or crash, received different errors depending on the site I was trying to access.

I did however decide to uninstal Chrome all together and start over:

-Uninstall Chrome (recommended)
-Reinstall Chrome (clearly if you uninstalled it as I suggested)
-I did change the Extensions to “Developer Mode” (when this mode available I always utilize….helps out)
-Select “Update extensions now”.
-Close Google Chrome (and any/all other windows opened…close them)

-Right Click on the Google Chrome shortcut created or from you Start Menu
-Select “Properties”
-Follow Josie’s instructions EXACTLY which are listed above
-Then reopen Chrome

***NOTE: It did take a minute or two for Chrome to find and use plugins before I was able to finally surf smoothly and quickly. Still a little slower that I’m used to with other browsers however tolerable. Just be patient and give it a minute. If it still doesn’t work simply close Chrome and reopen it one last time and that should do the trick!


57 nashmeer 03.05.13 at 3:31 pm

this solution is not working for me.
when i try to put –in-process-plugins, i get rompted that this is not a valid name specified in the target box. and i am unable to save. pls advice


58 charlie 04.08.13 at 1:03 pm

Thank you so much! You absolute lifesaver!

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