Fix Chrome update problems & failed updates

If you're having problems updating Chrome on your computer, you might see:

  • Update failed: Updates are disabled by administrator
  • Update failed (Error: 3 or 11) An error occurred while checking for updates: Update server not available
  • Update failed (Error: 4 or 10) An error occurred while checking for updates: Update check failed to start
  • Update failed (Error: 7 or 12) An error occurred while checking for updates: Download failed
  • This computer will no longer receive Chrome updates because Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported
  • Google Chrome may not be able to keep itself updated.
  • Other errors that mention that "Update failed"

Try the possible fixes below.

Download Chrome again

It's possible that some files are missing on your computer. To fix, follow these steps:

  1. Uninstall Chrome.
  2. Make sure your computer meets the system requirements.
  3. Download Chrome again and try reinstalling. If you keep seeing an error:

If your computer doesn't let you complete these steps, contact the person who has administrator rights to your computer to complete the Chrome update.

Review antivirus, firewall, or parental control settings

Check the settings for your antivirus, firewall, or parental control software.

  • Make sure software updates aren't blocked from going online.
  • Make sure and aren't blocked.

Reboot your computer

The update might not have completed on your computer. Try rebooting your computer and updating Chrome again.

Check for malware

Unwanted software might stop Chrome from updating correctly.

Mac computer

Remove bad software and other programs on your computer that you don't remember installing.

  1. On your Mac computer, open Finder.
  2. On the left, click Applications.
  3. Look for any programs you don't recognize, then do one of the following:
    • Double-click Uninstall or Uninstaller, and follow the on-screen instructions.
    • If you don't see these options, drag the icon from the Applications folder into the Trash.
  4. Empty your trash when you're done.

Programs to remove

Here are some common programs that might change your settings and are known to cause problems:

  • BrowseFox
  • PullUpdate
  • Vitruvian
  • V-Bates
  • SearchProtect
  • SupTab
  • MySearchDial
  • SaveSense
  • Price Meter
  • Sputnik/Guard
  • Conduit Toolbars, Community Alerts & ValueApps
  • Wajam
  • Multiplug
  • Shopper Pro
  • Stormwatch
  • SmartBar
  • Dealply
  • SmartWeb
  • MySearch123
  • AdPea
  • Etranslator
  • CouponMarvel
  • PriceFountain
  • Techsnab
  • Colisi 
  • BrApp
  • LuckyTab
  • OneCall
  • Crossrider
  • Eorezo
  • Consumer Input
  • Content Defender
  • Movie Dea

Make sure you meet the system requirements

Chrome doesn’t work with the following older platforms:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7, 8, and 8.1
  • macOS 10.12–10.14

Use a recent operating system to make sure you continue to get the latest Chrome versions and features. Click below to learn more about what your computer needs to use Chrome.


To use Chrome on Windows, you'll need:

  • Windows 10 and up
  • An Intel Pentium 4 processor or later that's SSE3 capable

Fix Windows "No longer supported" error

If your computer meets the Windows system requirements above, but Chrome isn't starting or you find an error message about an unsupported version of Windows, you might have Chrome set to run in Windows' Compatibility Mode. Compatibility Mode isn't supported in Chrome.

Turn off Compatibility Mode:

  1. On your computer, right-click the Chrome icon.
  2. Click Properties and then Compatibility.
  3. Uncheck "Run this program in compatibility mode for."

To use Chrome on Mac, you'll need:

  • macOS Catalina 10.15 and up

To use Chrome on Linux, you'll need:

  • 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04+, Debian 10+, openSUSE 15.2+, or Fedora Linux 32+
  • An Intel Pentium 4 processor or later that's SSE3 capable

Still not working? Get more help on the Chrome Help Forum. Or, learn how to fix problems installing Chrome.

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