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How to Install Google Chrome on Flashdrive

by Robert Kingsley
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Google Chrome is a Web browser that has been steadily gaining in popularity in recent years. Its simple interface and speedy browsing make it a great contender against the likes of Internet Explorer and Firefox. Although it is a popular choice, many users prefer other browsers including those previously mentioned. If you regularly use computers that have other browsers installed, you can install a portable version of Chrome on your flashdrive. You can just plug your drive into any computer and run your favorite browser from there; no installation necessary.

Step 1

Launch your Web browser, and visit either PortableApps or CNET Downloads. Download the most recent version of Google Chrome Portable and save it to your desktop.

Step 2

Insert your flashdrive into a USB port on your computer, and wait while Windows recognizes it. Close the AutoPlay window if it appears.

Step 3

Double-click the downloaded Chrome installer, and click "Run." You may have to enter administrator credentials or agree to a Windows User Account Control prompt.

Step 4

Select a language from the drop-down list, and click "OK." Click "I Accept the Terms of the License Agreement," and click "Next." Click "Browse" when asked for a destination folder, and browse to your flashdrive. Click "OK," and click "Install." The software will now be installed in a folder called "GoogleChromePortable" on your flashdrive.

Insert your flashdrive into a computer that does not have Chrome installed. Click "Open Folder to View Files" when prompted or double-click your flashdrive from the "Computer" window. Double-click the "GoogleChromePortable" folder, and double-click "GoogleChromePortable.exe."

Tip

  • Google Chrome Portable will save all configuration files to its home directory on your flash drive. You'll leave nothing behind on the computer you're using.

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