Well this is a fine way to start the morning.

I grab my laptop, sit down in the front of the fireplace, open Chrome, crash.  Open Chrome again, crash.  And again, crash.


I did a little searching (in Firefox, not Chrome) and found that this is a pretty common problem as of late.  Here’s one bug report that show lots of users having the issue.

That thread, and others like it, recommend uninstalling Chrome, along with all of your user data, then re-installing.  Unfortunately, that solution didn’t seem to work for everyone, so I didn’t want to jump to it immediately.

I did get my particular Chrome crash problem to go away by… get this… restarting my computer.  Seriously.  I just rebooted, restarted Chrome, and voila, the problem was gone.  I don’t know why, it’s like PCs are becoming Macs or something.

But here’s something terrible – after starting Chrome, my computer just CRAWLED for about 15 minutes straight. I’d click on the Start Menu, count to 20, and it would then show up.  I ran Firefox, 3 minutes later, it appeared on the screen. I’m not exaggerating.  The Windows Task Manager showed me that chrome_update.exe, GoogleUpdate.exe, and setup.exe were all running.  I can only suspect that this is all related to the seemingly widespread Chrome crashing issue.  I don’t know what this update did, but it was some real heavy lifting.

I really wish they would have asked my permission before hijacking my computer though.  Sure, it was nice to have the problem fixed, but my computer was more or less unusable for about 15 minutes, and the worst part is that I had no idea why – Google gave me no notification that an update was taking place.  I came close to simply rebooting the machine again, or killing the update processes.  If I had something important to do with my computer, this would have really slowed me down.

I did collect a little information about the problem I was having, and I thought I’d post it here in case anyone else finds it useful.

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