Sequencing Google Chrome 21.0.1180.89

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Sequencing Google Chrome 21.0.1180.89 with App-V can be difficult because there are some pitfalls.
In this blog I am going to describe the steps necessary to make it work. I only describe the options to make the package work, not the complete steps to create a App-V package.

Download Google Chrome

from here.

This is an Enterprise edition of the Chrome browser.

Open the App-V Sequencer and open the options screen. On the General tab de-select “Allow Virtualization of Services”

On the Exclusion Items tab, add the following paths:

\REGISTRY\USER\%SFT_SID%\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings








Open a command prompt and start the installation using:

START /WAIT GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.MSI ALLUSERS=TRUE /QB-


After the installation, enter: RD /Q /S “%ProgramFiles(X86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\21.0.1180.89\Installer”


Enter:ROBOCOPY “%ProgramFiles(X86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\21.0.1180.89” “%ProgramFiles(X86)%\Google\Chrome\Application” /mov /e
REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Update /v AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes /d 0 /t REG_SZ /f
REG ADD “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager” /v PendingFileRenameOperations /d “” /t REG_MULTI_SZ /f
Open C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\master_preferences and enter the following text:{“homepage” : “”,

“homepage_is_newtabpage” : false,

“browser” : {

“show_home_button” : true,

“check_default_browser” : false,

“window_placement”: {

“bottom”: 1000,

“left”: 10,

“maximized”: false,

“right”: 904,

“top”: 10,

“work_area_bottom”: 1010,

“work_area_left”: 0,

“work_area_right”: 1680,

“work_area_top”: 0



“bookmark_bar” : {

“show_on_all_tabs” : true


“distribution” : {

“skip_first_run_ui” : true,

“show_welcome_page” : false,

“import_search_engine” : false,

“import_history” : false,

“create_all_shortcuts” : true,

“do_not_launch_chrome” : true,

“make_chrome_default” : false



When editing the shortcuts, change the startup parameter of chrome to:chrome.exe –disable-custom-jumplist –no-default-browser-check -–no-sandbox
After the package is ready, delete all the virtual services (if any exist).
Save the virtual package and test if it works.


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10 Responses to Sequencing Google Chrome 21.0.1180.89

  1. Jeroen Teeuw says:

    Is this done in APPV-5 or in APP-V 4.6 ???

  2. Patrick says:

    Hi, thanks for that good how to, but at least i have one question. How can I get that “master_preference” file working in the final pakage? If i start Chrome while sequenzing, it works fine. But after the pakage ist created and deployed to another Client, Chrome only starts with standard settings.

    Regards Patrick

    • IT Tech Log says:

      Hi Patrick,

      Can you open the package and verify that the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\master_preferences” file exists?
      Also check the merge or override settings on the file.

  3. flcn_ says:

    Anybody experience with Google Chrome 25.0.1364.172 (Enterprise MSI)?
    Alle the guides that i followed include the one Aaron wrote are not working out for me.

    Every time while sequencing it uses the master_preferences, but when im starting the package from another machine it starts with the default settings.

    We are using:
    – App-v Sequencer 4.6 SP1
    – On a Windows 2008 R2 Datacenter virtual machine (not in a domain).
    – Client is “Microsoft Application Virtualization Client” on a Windows 2008 R2 Datacenter vm (in a domain).
    – The packages are streamed from an Netapp SAN (edit package, depolyment, File, \\hostname\share\chrome25.001).

    Im new to Appv, and successfully packaged Mozilla FireFox, 7zip and RDCman yet but Chrome is just a paint in the ass to me 🙂

  4. Bay says:

    These are in fact fantastic ideas in about blogging.
    You have touched some nice things here. Any way keep up wrinting.

  5. I’m now not positive the place you are getting your information, however great topic. I must spend some time learning much more or figuring out more. Thank you for excellent info I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

  6. Swathi says:

    Can anyone tell me how to suppress the updates and im facing issues with the extensions in the chrome? Extensions doesnt populate after sequencing using App-v 4.6 SP1 on windows 7 64 bit.

  7. Bezzamania says:

    Hi I am a noob to App-V. I ned to App-V Chrome because Firefox Certificate store is way too complicated. I want to follow the above guide but must install everything on a Q: Drive. How can I adapt the above to do that? When I run the Chrome.msi it doesn’t give me the install path option, it simply installs in C: drive locations. Thanks!

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