Windows 10: How to Move Google Chrome to Specific Location ??? Solved

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  1. kado897's Avatar
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       12 Apr 2018 #11

    Barman58 said: View Post
    The option has not been removed from Windows 10 per se, I have installed applications onto Windows 10 machines that still give the option to relocate the install to an alternate location.

    I actually installed Libreoffice yesterday to a system running Windows 10 SCU 1803 17133.73 which is the latest revision (Pro not Home which may be relevant )

    Edit Also just reinstalled Winaero Tweaker and it showed the same option

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    It would be interesting to see if an install attempt on a Home install also gave the location selection option

    The issue here is that for some reason the installer for some applications will not work as it used to, whether this is due to conscious decision of the application developer to remove the option from it's installer to improve performance, or it's some change in the Windows 10 system that has not been accounted for by the developer of the application. The Repair/Move options in some uninstallers is also something written in by the developer and could be missing now due to the general "Dumbing Down" of software these days to appeal more to the non technical user

    A lot of third party developers use "Tricks" to improve performance or usability, that are not in the Development Guidelines provided to developers in the SDK (Software Development Kit). Using these tricks often causes issues when Microsoft changes things,

    for Example If you use the set out procedures in the SDK, (EG. the use of variables), then Changes by Microsoft in item locations will be accounted for and the system will behave properly, If however the developer "hard codes" the locations into their application code the application fails. This failure can show as a catastrophic failure of the whole application (as was the case when installing many Games on Vista which were hard coded for XP to improve response times), or the failure to access a standard sub module (such as a windows selection box).

    All this is pure speculation on my part in this instance but hopefully you can achieve what you require by one of the possible options available.

    Webroot is the one I would worry about As security systems are designed to throw exceptions when moved or installed in the "wrong place" - a lot of today's malware impersonates a genuine executable but runs from a location other than it's default.
    WinAero Tweaker on a W10 Home installation offers to change location

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    I get this behaviour with most program installs but Chrome does not. Whether that was because I was installing over an existing installation I don't know,
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  2.    12 Apr 2018 #12

    Nothing to do with Windows; it's an option Chrome doesn't offer.
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  3. kado897's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       12 Apr 2018 #13

    It may be worth looking at a portable version of Chrome. You should be able to stick that anywhere. https://portableapps.com/apps/intern...hrome_portable
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  4.    12 Apr 2018 #14

    cyberrufus said: View Post
    Nothing to do with Windows; it's an option Chrome doesn't offer.

    Howdy, cyberrufus:


    Truth is I've been successfully using Chrome of Win 7 which has provided custom localized installation
    WITHOUT issues
    .

    This appears to be a Win 10 HOME issue.

    THX. ~ Alan
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  5. kado897's Avatar
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       12 Apr 2018 #15

    ab1kenobee said: View Post



    Howdy, cyberrufus:


    Truth is I've been successfully using Chrome of Win 7 which has provided custom localized installation
    WITHOUT issues
    .

    This appears to be a Win 10 HOME issue.

    THX. ~ Alan
    This may be related to whether you install for everyone or a single user. If you do it for a single user it installs in your user profile.
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  6.    12 Apr 2018 #16

    I believe when Google Pack was still alive a custom installation was possible. My experience with the standalone installer is somewhat limited but it's never presented that option (believe it also installs in Program Files instead of the user profile) .
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  7.    12 Apr 2018 #17

    kado897 said: View Post
    This may be related to whether you install for everyone or a single user. If you do it for a single user it installs in your user profile.


    Howdy, kado897 & cyberrufus:

    CORRECT... I the notebook is set-up as a SINGLE USER...
    however my Win 7 notebook is also without this issue.

    Is there a SOLUTION?

    THX. ~ Alan
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  8. kado897's Avatar
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       12 Apr 2018 #18

    cyberrufus said: View Post
    I believe when Google Pack was still alive a custom installation was possible. My experience with the standalone installer is somewhat limited but it's never presented that option (believe it also installs in Program Files instead of the user profile) .
    It's some time since I did a new install so this may well have changed.
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  9.    12 Apr 2018 #19

    kado897 said: View Post
    It's some time since I did a new install so this may well have changed.


    10-4. Understood.

    Hoping for a resolution today.

    THX. ~ Alan



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  10. Bree's Avatar
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       12 Apr 2018 #20

    I don't use Chrome, but I have just downloaded the Enterprise standalone installer...
    https://enterprise.google.com/chrome/chrome-browser/
    ...and installed Chrome on my test machine (1709, Windows 10 Pro).
    I can confirm that...

    a) even the Enterprise installer offers no choice of where to install.
    b) Chrome was installed for 'All Users'.

    As others have said, providing the ability to choose the install location is up to the installer, not Windows. Using the Portable Apps version seems the only viable option if you don't want Chrome installed on the C: drive.
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