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%APPDATA% won't work in GoogleChromePortable.ini

Hello,

I try to use GoogleChromePortable in a pool of virtual machines. I want to "install" ChromePortable local on the machines - but the settings and the bookmarks etc. should be in the roaming userprofiles.

When I try to change the ProfileDirectory and the SettingsDirectory via GoogleChromePortable.ini it is not possible to set the path to %APPDATA%\Chrome.
It is also not possible to access a homedrive (E:\).
It is only possible to change the directory via "..\..\Users" but %USERNAME% is also not supported.

Any further ideas?

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Not Supported

What you want to accomplish is not how the apps are designed to work. They are designed to run from a single self-contained directory called GoogleChromePortable. You can not specify other locations for the data using environment variables or drive letters.

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Not completely Unsupported.

Not completely Unsupported.

I know that the portable version is designed to work in a single directory ... but it is possible to change the locations via GoogleChromePortable.ini. So it is halfway possible - why not the full way?
It would be the perfect solution for the problems that I have ... if it would work. Maybe there is an other solution with GoogleChromePortable which I don't know - so I'm glad for any idea.

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Just Run Directly

If you want it running in local mode (writing to APPDATA), you can just run chrome.exe directly. Some reason you wouldn't just do that?

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Just Run Directly

Hello John T. Haller,

you mean I should run ..\App\Chrome-bin\chrome.exe instead of GoogleChromePortable.exe.
If I do so the GoogleChromePortable.ini will be ignored - but will it work with the Parameter chrome.exe --user-data-dir="" ?

Which path (for the roaming profile) is correct (%APPDATA%\Chrome or "${roaming_app_data}\Chrome")?

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