Chrome update failed with error codes 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, etc

Cannot update Chrome to its latest version? Are updates to Chrome failing every time you try to update it? In this post, we are looking at the list of Chrome Update errors and list of solutions to fix those errors.

Chrome failed updates Error Codes

Chrome Update Fail

While there are tons of error code around Chrome, these are only because the update is having an issue. Here is the list:

  • Update failed: This occurs when the Updates are disabled by the administrator.
  • Update failed with
    • Error 3 or 11: When Chrome’s inbuilt updater fails to find the Update server to download the latest version.
    • Error 4 or 10: This happens while checking for updates with message “Update check failed to start”
    • Error 7 or 12: This occurs when download fails while checking for updates.
  • Windows OS version not supported.
  • Google Chrome may not be able to keep itself updated.
  • Any other errors that mention that “Update failed”

Chrome update failed

Since all these error codes are around “Update Failure”, they have a common solution. It is also possible that there is something wrong with your network. Chrome comes with an inbuilt updater. It automatically downloads the update and installs the new version of Chrome.

1] Reboot your computer

Try rebooting your computer and updating Chrome again. Sometimes it’s a temporary issue which nobody can explain!

2] Review antivirus, firewall, or parental control settings

If there are any of these rules, i.e., antivirus, firewall, or parental control settings blocking to download anything, Chrome update will not work either. So make sure to check the rules, and double check if software updates aren’t blocked from going online.

If its ok, try running Network Troubleshooter on your computer to resolve any DNS issues or connectivity problem. Its available under Update & Security > Troubleshoot. You can always add Google or Cloudflare DNS for even better connectivity.

3] Remove Proxy

Windows could not automatically detect this network's proxy settings

  • Press Windows Key + R then type “inetcpl.cpl” and hit enter to open Internet Properties.
  • Next, Go to Connections tab and select LAN settings.
  • Uncheck Use a Proxy Server for your LAN and make sure “Automatically detect settings” is checked.
  • Click Ok then Apply and reboot your PC.

If you are using a third-party proxy service, make sure to disable it.

4] Flush DNS, reset Winsock and reset TCP/IP

Sometimes the websites don’t resolve because the DNS in your PC still remembers old IP. So make sure to Flush the DNSReset Winsock and Reset TCP/IP.

You can also use our freeware FixWin to carry out these three operations with a click.

In case everything seems to be fine, add URLs and to WhiteList or always allow. Now try updating Chrome again.

5] Use Chrome Cleanup Tool

Scan your computer with Windows Defender, and check if some malware is not preventing Chrome to get updated. You can also run Chrome browser’s built-in Chrome’s Malware Scanner & Cleanup Tool. It helps you remove unwanted ads, pop-ups & malware, Unusual Startup pages, toolbar, and anything else that spoils the experience by crashing websites by overloading the pages with memory request.

6] Reinstall Chrome

If the updater cannot update it internally, you can always download and reinstall Chrome.

  1. Uninstall Chrome.
  2. Download Chrome again and try reinstalling.
  3. You can also choose to download the Chrome standalone installer.

While it’s easy to reinstall any software, for Chrome you will have to make sure that you delete the User Data folder, and then install it.

  • Type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ in the Run prompt, and hit Enter
  • Rename the ‘Default’ folder inside it to something else, e.g., Default.old

Now install Chrome again, and see if the issues are resolved for you. Make sure you get this done with administrator rights to your computer to complete the Chrome install. Right-click, and run as administrator.

Do note that Chrome doesn’t work with older platforms including Windows XP and Windows Vista and so you will not be able to update it on these operating systems.

Let us know in the comments if it helped you to fix Chrome update failed problems.

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Ashish is a veteran Windows, and Xbox user who excels in writing tips, tricks, and features on it to improve your day to day experience with your devices.

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