How to fix Chrome when it won't update?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

If you see the error message "Update failed: These are some common reasons why the update might have failed:

  • A network problem interfered with the update process

  • The computer is no longer connected to the Internet

  • The network might be unavailable

  • The update server might be down

  • The computer might be low on disk space

There are a few reasons why Chrome might not update automatically. If you're having trouble updating Chrome on your computer, it might be caused by one of the following:

  • Your computer's security settings are preventing Chrome from updating.

  • You're using an unsupported version of Chrome.

  • You're using an administrator account that doesn't have permission to install updates.

  • There's a problem with your Internet connection.

  • You're behind a firewall that's preventing Chrome from accessing the update servers.

If you're still having trouble, you can try updating Chrome manually.

You are here because you have a question about:

  • error code 7: 0x80040816 -- system level
  • chrome won t update

1. Check your internet connection

  1. In the address bar, type "about:config" and press Enter.
  2. Click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.
  3. In the about:config page, search for the following string:
  4. "network.http.sendRefererHeader."
  5. Double-click the network.http.sendRefererHeader setting to modify it.
  6. Change the value from "false" to "true."
  7. Click the "Close" button to close about:config.
  8. Reload the page and check if the update problem is resolved.

2. Go to chrome://settings/help and click Check for updates

  1. Open chrome://settings/help
  2. On the right, click Check for updates.
  3. If there are any updates available, they'll be listed. Click on the update to download and install it.
  4. Once the update is complete, restart Chrome.

3. Update your antivirus software and run a scan

  1. Go to the antivirus software and update your software.
  2. Once the update is complete, run a scan.
  3. If the scan is successful, Chrome should now be updated and working properly.

4. Restart your computer

  1. Close all open programs.
  2. Click on the "Start" button and select "Settings."
  3. Under the "Control Panel" section, click on "Windows Update."
  4. Click on the "Check for Updates" button.
  5. If there are any updates waiting to be installed, they will be listed on the screen. Click on the "Install" button.
  6. Once the updates have been installed, they will be listed on the "Windows Update" screen. Click on the "Close" button.
  7. Click on the "Start" button and select "Chrome."
  8. In the "Chrome" window, click on the "Tools" button.
  9. Click on the "Restart" button.
  10. After your computer has restarted, try to update your Chrome browser again.

5. Go to the Chrome Help Forum

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three lines in the top right corner of the browser window
  2. Select "Help" from the drop-down menu on the left
  3. Click on "Forum" from the drop-down menu on the right
  4. Type in "chrome wont update" in the search bar and click on the first result that comes up
  5. Scroll down the page and click on "Chrome Help Forum: Update Issues"
  6. Click on "Report a problem" and follow the instructions on the screen
  7. If the problem is with your internet connection, try restarting your modem or router
  8. If the problem is with your computer, try reinstalling Chrome