This computer will soon stop receiving Google Chrome Updates because its hardware is no longer supported


By: sdfox 7
April 16, 2014

When using an old computer with Google Chrome 34 or later, you may receive a message that states "This computer will soon stop receiving Google Chrome Updates because its hardware is no longer supported".

This is believed to be due to the lack of SSE2 instructions in some older processors. On many computers I have worked on with Windows XP, I have not received the message.

However, on one AMD Athlon XP machine, the message appeared. It's also the only machine that coincidentally lacks SSE2 instructions (all older pre AMD 64 processors lack SSE2). This thread also seems to corroborate my suspicion.

Follow my information here below. This will not help you with newer versions of Chrome, but it prevents the message from appearing.

1) There is nowhere on the web you can download an old version of regular Google Chrome, I already tried. But since Google Portable does not update itself, it is part of the solution.
If you go to their website they only have the current version.

2) However, if you pull up the archived page from April 3, you can find the old browser.

http://web.archive.org/web/20140403232010/http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/google_chrome_portable

3) But, it's not that easy. Clicking on the old link gives you a robots.txt message. So I searched the browser page HTML source (right click to View Source) to find the direct download link:

http://downloads.sourceforge.net/portableapp/GoogleChromePortable_33.0.1750.154_online.paf.exe

4) After downloading the 1.34MB installer above, execute it and let the 35,974KB download complete, install and you will have a working copy of Google Chrome 33 33.0.1750.154 m Portable for older computers without the annoying message. I have tried it on AMD Athlon XP and no more hardware warnings!

If that link stops working in the future, try here: http://mirror.ufs.ac.za/portableapps/Google%20Chrome%20Portable/


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