When you install Chrome online through a small setup file, GoogleUpdate process will be installed on your computer and this process periodically checks for updates for the browser and installs them whenever available. If this process stops running or moved to other location or removed from it’s location, then you’ll get update server not available errors when you check for Chrome about dialog.

Yesterday, I got “update server not available (error: 3)” for Chrome Dev. channel, let us see how I solved it.

update server not available error 3

Fixing Chrome’s Update Server not available errors

1. Verify the below path for presence of Googleupdate.exe,

“C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe(or GoogleUpdateOnDemand.exe)”

2. If that process doesn’t exists, then you’ve to uninstall and reinstall Chrome, which I’ve done to fix the problem.

google update folder empty

3. If that process exists there, then you need to edit the default value for the below registry entry in registry editor and paste that path with double quotes – HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2F0E2680-9FF5-43C0-B76E-114A56E93598}\LocalServer32

Google Update on demand registry entry

Read how crucial GoogleUpdate.exe Process is for auto-updating of Chrome.

You can simply say uninstalling and re installing Chrome will fix the problem, but knowing the reason for happening this error also important, isn’t it?