Software Deployment Question
How to disable Chrome auto updating at initial install (ver 58, 59, 60+)
09/25/2017 3281 views
We have been on an older version of Chrome (39) for quite a while but have recently decided to update due to compatibility issues. However, I am running into an issue where Chrome auto-updates as soon as it's installed. Is there a way to disable this? I saw another thread about it but no one seemed to have a solid fix and I'm wondering is anything has changed, since it seems like a lot has drastically changed in versions 58+.
Currently we have a GPO that disables the 2 Chrome update services (gupdate and gupdatem). I also have the ADM template for Chrome configured, but I didn't see anything about autoupdate in the newest version we are using (i think from 58). Additionally, in the installation batch file I have commands to disable those services both before and after the install. I've also set up the registry keys (UpdateDefault, AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes) under HKLM/Software/Policies/Google/Chrome/Update
However, despite all that when I try to install, for example, version 59 it immediately auto updates to 60, and still checks for updates when launched (in the old version it indicates auto update disabled by admin but no longer) Does anyone know what is triggering this and if there is a way to turn it off? We already have issues with Chrome and compatibly so the last thing we need is for chrome to keep auto updating to versions newer than what we've tested.
So far the only thing I've found that "works" is to add a line to the batch file to delete the folder C:/Program Files(x86)/Google/Update. It won't even delete the entire folder, but after doing that the auto update shows an error and won't continue to check, although it still initially updates from 59 to 60. That's not very clean and there has to be a better way.