Could not move extension directory into profile – Chrome error

If you receive a message Could not move extension directory into profile when you try to install a browser extension from the Chrome web store on Google Chrome web browser in Windows 10/8/7, then this post will show you how to fix the problem.

Could not move extension directory into profile

Could not move extension directory into profile Chrome

You will see this message when your try to install an extension, and the browser is not able to move the extension directory & files into your profile folder. Try these suggestions and see if any of them make the problem go away.

1] Close Chrome browser, restart it after a minute and see if you can install the extension again. If need be, run Chrome.exe as administrator and try.

2] Open Chrome and press Ctrl+Shift Del keys to clear your Internet cache and browsing data.

You may select all except Passwords & Autofill form data and click on the Clear Browsing Data button.

3] Close Chrome browser. Open File Explorer and copy-paste the following path in the address bar and hit Enter:

%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\

Locate “Default” folder and rename it as “Default-backup.”

Now open Chrome again. A new “Default” folder will be automatically re-created. Now try installing the browser extension and see.

4] If nothing helps you may have to Reset Chrome or reinstall the browser.

Let us know if anything here helped you resolve the issue.

See this post if you are facing several Google Chrome issues with Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.