Chrome 64-bit Now Available for Download


Google-Chrome-64bitLogoAt long last the much anticipated stable version of Google’s 64-bit Chrome browser is available for download. According to Google, the 64-bit Chrome edition excels in three areas; it is faster, more secure, and more stable… but then Google would say that, wouldn’t they.

Both Mozilla and Google have been working on 64-bit versions of their browsers for some time now but, unlike Mozilla’s 64-bit Firefox (which seems to be destined for the scrapheap), Google has delivered on its promise. Google initially released the 64-bit build of Chrome through its public alpha testing channels back in June. Three months of testing later, and it appears the 64-bit build of Chrome has passed muster with the first stable version (37) now ready for the masses.

How to Upgrade from 32-bit Chrome to 64-bit

At this stage there doesn’t appear to be any option to upgrade from within an existing 32-bit Chrome so you’ll need to download the 64-bit installer, here: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/?platform=win64 (make sure “For Windows 8/7 64-bit” is shown beneath the Download Chrome button).

chrome 64-bit - downloadThe good news is that the 64-bit version automatically installs over the top of an existing 32-bit Chrome, although this means that the data then remains in the 32-bit orientated “Program Files (x86)” folder.

How to Tell if You’re Running 32-bit or 64-bit Chrome

To make sure the installation (or overwrite) completed correctly and you are indeed running the 64-bit version:

  • Click on the settings icon at the far right of the address bar…

chrome 64-bit - settings

  • … and then click About Google Chrome

chrome 64-bit - version

Data, such as bookmarks and extensions, will be carried over to the new browser, although there have been reports of a lack of support for 32-bit NPAPI plug-ins. However, with the exception of a few lesser-known plug-ins, most major plug-ins such as Silverlight, Java, and Flash have all been updated to 64-bit.


Chrome 37 also introduces DirectWrite support (Windows only) for smoother and faster font rendering, plus a number of other improvements and security fixes.

 

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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