Although Google Chrome is one of the best browser options out there, it’s not without its flaws and problems. One of these problems is the ‘Updates are disabled by administrator’ error. It’s a fairly common error that prevents users from updating their browser.
Thankfully, it’s fairly easily resolved, and here is how:
Open a browser window and look at the top right corner of it. You’ll see three dots. Click on them to see a dropdown menu with some options – then, click on Settings there.
Under the Advanced options, you’ll see Reset and clean up, at the very bottom. Click on the option to see the options for cleaning and resetting your browser. Clean up is used to possibly detect malware or harmful software on your computer. The setting you want is the other one – Restore settings to their original defaults.
Clicking on it will open up a smaller window. Here, you’ll be able to reset your browser to its default. This will clear the error message, along with a few other settings. In order to get rid of the error, Chrome will delete several custom settings. Among them are your startup page (if you’ve set one), your new tab page (if you’ve defined one) and your cookies. It will also disable your extensions – you won’t have to reinstall them, but you will have to reactivate them later.
Tip: Your bookmarks, history, and passwords won’t be deleted. You can easily re-set your pages and extensions after you’ve reset your browser. Just go to the relevant page on the settings and fix things to your liking!
Confirm that you want to reset your browser by clicking Reset when you are ready. It will take a few moments to finish up the reset before you can use your browser as before. You’ll be able to set things to your preference again, AND you can update Chrome again!
Tip: You can get to the Reset options quicker by typing chrome://settings/reset into the URL bar of your browser. You’ll be taken directly to the reset option!