Fix: Google Chrome is out of date – Group Policy settings (error: 7)

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Tips and Tricks

I’ve been living with the red menu icon bars in Google Chrome for quite a while and finally decided to have another go at solving it.

Basically, every time I tried to update Chrome it gave me an error like the following:

Update failed (error: 7) An error occurred while checking for updates: Google Chrome or Google Chrome Frame cannot be updated due to inconsistent Google Update Group Policy settings. Use the Group Policy Editor to set the update policy override for the Google Chrome Binaries application and try again; see for details.

So I go to “” and it is not as easy as I hoped it would be.

The page mentions that to install the latest version of Google Chrome over your existing version, you must either…solve an equation using the quadratic formula or write a 1000 word essay on things you would rather be doing right now.

It gets even worse as the solution seems to be within the group policy settings in Windows, the likes of which are not available if you are using Windows 7 Home Premium. I go through all the trouble of getting the group policy editor working only to find that the instructions for editing them are basically a no-go.

Finally I did find an easy solution that worked for me using the last option (“Check that your settings are correct”) on Google’s support page with a little modification so I will add them here:

The Fix that worked for me

  1. Go to the registry editor (Start > Run > regedit)
  2. Go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\”
  3. If either “Update{8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96}” or “Update{8BA986DA-5100-405E-AA35-86F34A02ACBF}” is present, delete them.
  4. Right-click and select “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”
  5. Paste “Update{4DC8B4CA-1BDA-483E-B5FA-D3C12E15B62D}” as the name.
  6. Right-click the newly added key and click “Modify”
  7. Change the Value data to 2 (Hexadecimal Base is fine) and click OK.
  8. Reinstall Chrome and celebrate your success.

Let me know if this helped or worked for you.

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