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[Closed] Can't install Chrome on local hard drive, falsely complains about read-only rights: why?

Hi everyone.

I'd like to install Chrome Portable (GoogleChromePortable_17.0.963.46_online.paf) in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Chrome" on my Windows 7 box (for evaluation purposes only, since I'm not ready to give up my regular browser just yet). However, no matter how I do I can't get it working - Chrome won't start (saying that it "appears to be running from a location that is read-only", then asking me if I'd like to "temporarily copy it to the local hard drive and run it from there").

I've tried installing Chrome Portable as a normal user, and as an administrator with the same result. The only place that seems to a valid installation path is my Windows desktop, but that's not really where I'd like to keep Chrome.

Can someone please give me some advice? How do I install Google Chrome Portable to an arbitrary folder on my local hard drive?

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No Program Files

Program Files is for local apps only. Portable apps can not be run from there.

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Program Files is for local

Program Files is for local apps only. Portable apps can not be run from there.

Unfortunately, that isn't true at all. I have Firefox Portable installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\, and it runs just fine.

So, the bug and my question remains - can anyone please tell me how I'm supposed to get Chrome up and running if I want don't want to have it installed in a folder on my desktop?

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Not Program Files

Installing to Program Files has never been supported. And installing there will be locked out in an upcoming update to the PortableApps.com Installer. By default, Windows Vista and later prevent apps from altering their own files in this location due to UAC restrictions. Even if you disable that - which puts other apps in Program Files as well as Windows itself at significant security risk - some apps like Sumatra PDF and Google Chrome detect when run from that location and work differently: they run in standard local mode.

Bottom line, portable apps don't belong in Program Files. On your local drive, install to c:\PortableApps instead. It works, it's supported and the installer will automatically detect it on upgrades.

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The best and easiest

The best and easiest solutions is:
just use the PA platform.... Smile
And yea, as John said, portable apps don't belong on the program files folder....

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4 Years Old

Why did you revive to a topic that's 4 years old?

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oops

didn't see the date....
anyway, what does that matter?

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