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Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)?

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Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? Arya885 4/3/09 9:16 AM
I am wondering why it is possible to install Chrome without any authorization, even if you have restrained access to your computer... Is someone able to explain it to me? Are there other programs that you can install in such a way? Thank!

- Arya885
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? StevePaul 4/4/09 7:21 PM
Chrome installs into the Users account and doesn't need to have access to system folders such as the Windows or Program Files folders.

It also does not use the computer registry.

Because Google chose to adopt this approach to implementing Chrome,  Administrator privileges are not required to install it ....

As for other software, it really depends on what the software does and the approach the developer has adopted ...
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? navahsek 5/18/09 10:53 PM
hi  all,
 I'm unable to install Google Chrome because of I dont have admin rights. The error which I got is "Installation failed. Ensure that ....... Error code = 0*80072efe". Expecting the help
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? bitlock76 11/21/09 10:42 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I found it and someone else might too.  So, here's how I solved it:

I was unable to launch the Uninstall routine from the Chrome directory on the Start menu, but I could launch the uninstall routine from within CCleaner.  Not sure why the routine worked from one launch point and not another, but try launching the uninstaller directly (not via a shortcut).
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? Jonathan78 4/2/11 5:04 PM
Are you sure that Chrome does not install anything in the registry?

Look at this entry in my  HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\shell\open\command:
"C:\Documents and Settings\Jonathan\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -- "%1"

I am running XP Home SP2, with a limited access account. How is it possible that with a single click on a browser the application managed to install and modify my registry? It is somewhat concerning, given that I decided to use a limited access account to explicitly prevent these situations.

If anyone knows the answer I am very curious to know. Thanks.
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? milkyline 4/5/11 5:13 AM
Jonathan78 that registry entry is their to tell the operating system how to pass a link to chrome this was probably added by Windows XP when you used the 'Open with prompt' to open an html file or a link of some kind.
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? dave.haku 8/6/11 12:22 PM
The how does it become the default browser without admin approval?
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? rezacomment 9/14/11 1:19 PM
You don't need Admin Rights to choose a default web browser, just like you don't need Admin Rights to choose a default printer.

Reza, MCSA + M
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? KiranIY 12/2/11 5:11 AM
How to install same in fedora linux without admin rights ?
Re: Why is it possible to install Google Chrome without an admin account (how does it work)? mexa 5/6/12 6:23 AM
Not true, Just tried and it is asking me for an administrator password