Uninstalling Google Chrome in Windows 8, Not So Easy!

by Venkat eswarlu on October 10, 2012

in Google Chrome,Troubleshooting

If you’ve installed Google Chrome in Windows 8, to uninstall it obviously you’ll open Control Panel>Programs>Programs and features, select Google Chrome and click Uninstall button, uninstall Chrome prompt dialog appears and further uninstallation process continues if you click uninstall button, but this doesn’t happens if you’ve set Chrome as default browser in Windows 8, true.

Fix ‘Please close all Google Chrome windows and try again’

Windows 8 Chrome uninstall problems

If you’ve set Chrome as default browser in Windows 8, then when you click uninstall button, Chrome launches in Windows 8 mode and Chrome uninstall fails by showing a dialog on desktop “please close all Google Chrome windows (including those in Windows 8 mode and try again)”, though if you close Chrome in Win8 mode and start uninstall process you’ll experience the same old story again. Currently Chrome dev. users experiencing this problem, then how to uninstall Chrome in Windows 8? read step by step guide below

Close all Chome windows dialog thumb Uninstalling Google Chrome in Windows 8, Not So Easy!

Uninstalling Chrome in Windows 8

Here in two ways you can uninstall Google Chrome, leaving the choice to you.

#1.You need to set other browser such as Internet Explorer as default browser and then uninstall of Chrome happens easily.

For that open Internet Explorer on desktop, from Tools menu Open Options>select General tab and click on “Make Internet Explorer the default browser”

make internet Explorer default browser thumb Uninstalling Google Chrome in Windows 8, Not So Easy!

Now set Default programs window pops up, select IE on left side and select set this program as default on right-pane and click Ok button.

#2. Or open registry editor by using “regedit” in run command (use Win+R)

Navigate to HEKY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Chrome\Metro and double click on  “launch_ mode” entry on right and change its hexadecimal value from 1 to 0, click Ok and exit registry editor.

Chrome launch mode registry entry in Windows 8 thumb Uninstalling Google Chrome in Windows 8, Not So Easy!

Now You can easily uninstall Chrome without any issues. Currently you’ll face Chrome uninstall  issue when you use Dev. channel only(?).

Uninstall Google Chrome confirmation prompt thumb Uninstalling Google Chrome in Windows 8, Not So Easy!

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Glauco January 27, 2013 at 5:00 am

It works. I did it and Chrome has been removed.

Thank You.

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Stuart Knowles May 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

The above nearly worked for me but I had to go into ‘settings’ in Chrome, ‘advanced settings’ and then uncheck the ‘leave background aps running after closing Chrome’ box, do a restart and then it finally worked, I was able to uninstall it. What a pain!!!

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Grammie July 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

I also had to go to the ‘advanced settings” and uncheck the ‘leave background aps running after closing Crome ‘ box and it uninstalled just fine
Thank you for your help!!!

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Venkat eswarlu July 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

Welcome

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priya April 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

It did help with an uncheck of the advanced settings of background apps. running.

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snow April 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Ending the task in Task Manager also seems to work for me.. :)

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michael August 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I deleted my chrome profile and removed the desktop icon. Only then was it allowed to be uninstalled

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Venkat eswarlu August 29, 2014 at 6:09 pm

You can uninstall Chrome in Windows 8 like any other program from Control Panel.

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