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Can you help me solve this problem?

Have a very frustrating problem that seems to be a conflict between running both Desktop Chrome and Portable Chrome at the same time. I get the message "Chrome detected that some of your browser settings were corrupted by another program and reset them to their original defaults" and had to resync everything. This wouldn't be that big of a problem if it weren't for:

1. I have a bunch of open tabs on Chrome Portable that I keep losing (Xmarks doesn't backup because Xmarks is signed out and even though the extension is synced back after Portable Chrome is wiped, its settings are lost).

2. A truly portable program shouldn't be in conflict with its desktop counterpart, right?

Can I really only work with 1 instance of Chrome? The whole point of Portable Chrome was that I could continue my session/work from school to home and vice-versa.


John T. Haller
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If you run a local and portable copy of Chrome at the same time, it's going to have issues. You should only run one at a time. Chrome can only just barely kinda be made portable but requires you to be logged into Google the whole time. Every time you move between PCs, Chrome will trash your settings and then need to resync. Chrome itself is purposely written to do this by its developers. If your extensions don't sync all their data to Google, you'll lose their settings. This is detailed on the Google Chrome Portable homepage.

If you'd like to use a fully portable browser, your best choice is Firefox. It doesn't have the issues that Chrome, Chromium, and Blink/Webkit/Chrome-based browsers have.

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