Install Google Chrome Where You Want it

Unfortunately it is possible to divide web browsers into three groups. The main group (and the one to which all web browsers ought to belong) includes all web browsers except for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Those two browsers make up the other two groups. In the case of the first group of browsers you get to choose when installing the browser just where on your computer that you want the browser to be installed. Being able to choose where to install the program is something that you expect to be able to do with application programs since it shouldn't matter where the program is installed and different people have different ideas of where application programs should go - often the exact place where you install your application programs depends on how you intend to backup the various parts of your system.

Internet Explorer shares a lot of code with the Windows operating system itself and for this reason it cannot be installed on any operating system other than Windows. It also means that you can only have one version of Internet Explorer installed (while simply by installing in different folders you can have multiple versions of most browsers installed on the same computer at the same time. It also means that Internet Explorer cannot be uninstalled from a Windows system because so much of it is shared with the operating system (there have been utilities in the past that could remove the small part of Internet Explorer that isn't reused by the operating system). You may not like these restrictions on Internet Explorer but at least there is a reason for them.

Google Chrome suffers from a number of the same restrictions as Internet Explorer but without there being any reason whatsoever for those restrictions to apply. As with Internet Explorer you can only have one version of Google Chrome installed on your computer. Also as with Internet Explorer you don't get a choice of where to install Google Chrome - it considers itself to be a utility extension to the operating system rather than an application program (even thought it obviously IS an application program) and installs itself into the folder where the utility extensions need to go in order to function properly. Given the huge size of Google Chrome (since it is an application program and not a utility) there are many ways that people might have their drive organised where there will simply not be enough space to install Chrome where it insists on going - or if there is it is using the space that was there to allow the system to run efficiently and having installed Chrome your entire system will slow to a crawl until such time as you uninstall it.

It is obvious that there is no reason whatever why Chrome should misbehave like this and not provide you with the essential application software option of being able to choose where to install it. It does not use any more of the Windows operating system than any other application software does. Its huge size makes that obvious as does the fact that it can be installed on other operating systems. The way that it can slow your entire system to a crawl even when you are not using it simply because it insists on installing itself into the wrong place means that any other browser becomes a better choice for anyone who has given any thought at all to how their system storage is structured. Only those who allow everything to be jumbled together on their hard drive - making it almost impossible for them to take meaningful backups and meaning that they will might therefore lose all their data if their system crashes - will not see a huge reduction in the speed of their system after installing Chrome.

There is one other reason why it is obvious that there is no reason whatever for Google Chrome to consider itself to be an integral part of your operating system the way that Internet Explorer is and that is that there actually are versions of Google Chrome available that can be installed anywhere on your system - in fact the versions of Chrome that Google don't provide as their main download versions are even more flexible than the other browsers because they can be installed onto external media and used from any computer at all simply by plugging in that external media and selecting the appropriate version for the operating system you are running. If you are going to install Google Chrome on your system at all them I recommend that you consider using one of these versions instead of the ones linked on the main Google page that think they are a part of your operating system. When you install one of the below versions of Google Chrome you get to choose where it installs - just as ought to be the case for any application software.

Note that there are also portable versions of the Lynx, Firefox and Opera browsers available but unless you specifically want to install to external media you can simply install the regular versions of these browsers and choose where you want the application to go.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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