Google Chrome Now Installs System-Level by Default

Google Chrome was always a single-user installation. Google kept the system-level installer separate, say, for enterprises. But looks like things have changed and Chrome now installs on the Program Files folder by default, making it available for all users.

“We did change the download page to install system-level by default (and fall back to user-level if that fails or the user says “no” to the UAC prompt). Installing in AppData was never a security measure, it was for convenience to make sure people could install Chrome even without admin rights. Our data shows that *preferring* a system-level (Program Files) install with a fallback to user-level improves the install success rate,” said Mark Larson from Google.

Chrome’s help center still recommends using an alternate installer “to install Google Chrome for all user accounts on a Windows computer. By doing so, you’ll replace all other versions of Chrome that may already be installed on your computer for other user accounts.” For Mac, “you can install Chrome for all user accounts on your computer if you’re signed in as an administrator.” says Alex Chitu who discovered this while trying to re-install Chrome.

An important change went un-noticed for a year or more. AFIK.

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