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Starting Chrome via clicking links on other apps or opening chrome fresh doesn't show anything? 0 Recommended Answers 2 Replies 8 Upvotes
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Woke up one morning and suddenly the following makes chrome processes, but doesn't show any windows/tabs when appropriate
- Clicking the Chrome icon on my taskbar/desktop doesn't come up with a new window
- Clicking a URL or opening a URL from another app (Slack/Discord/Windows itself) doesn't make a new window if Chrome isn't already open - If chrome is already open, I'm expecting a new tab, but no new tab comes.

If I right-click on the taskbar and go to a recently-open page, it works as expected. This is how I've been opening chrome the last couple days. Ctrl-T or + button for new tab also works as expected, once I've got a window open at all. Just seems like external apps can't open links into my open chrome window, and I can't open a window unless it's through the means specified above.

When this happens, a chrome process appears in my task manager, but no window. If I spam-click to open, I can pile up a bunch of chrome processes. Maybe one instance of the new tab appears after several clicks, but a number of child chrome processes are spawned with no result showing. - I also sometimes see a Google Crash Handler process after this happens.

Looks like I might've had a windows update overnight when this started happening? Might be related?

I've tried reinstalling Chrome, both with and without deleting user data and directories/cleaning registry to no avail. 

Wondering if anyone else is facing this issue.
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This happened to me as well. I uninstalled the update and it is working just fine now. I didn't even know you could open chrome with your specified methods so you did better than me lol.
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I'm also seeing this on a Windows 10 laptop. Uninstalling the update fixed it. It does not appear to be happening on other Windows 10 laptops I manage did not receive the update and are working fine.
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