[SOLVED] Network Error in Google Chrome on installing extensions

This is an issue that was occurring quite repeatedly. At first, I was able to install Extensions and Add-Ons to Google Chrome. However, at a certain point, no matter what extension/add-on I tried, it failed with the following message:

An error has occurred, NETWORK_FAILED

It did not matter whether I cleared my cache and cookies (forever). I tried using Incognito tab as well. Still no luck.

After trying all the suggestions (short of uninstalling and re-installing Google Chrome), I stumbled upon this sequence of steps :

1. Go to “run”. (after you click on the Start button in Windows)
2. Type in regedit.
3. Click on the arrow on “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”.
4. Click on the arrow on “Policies”.
5. Click on the arrow on “Google”.
6. Click on “Updates”.
7. Double-click on “UpdateDefault          REG_DWORD           0x00000001
8. Make sure it is on “Hexadecimal”.
9. Change your “Value data:” to 1.

Voila! That one registry change did the magic. I do not recall whether or not I had to restart after these registry changes. I should also mention that Google Chrome updates were failing because of this. Even when I tried to update Chrome using the Settings menu ->About, it would fail without any fail code.

I hope this helps someone!

90 responses to “[SOLVED] Network Error in Google Chrome on installing extensions”

  1. Hi i am using chrome on windows 10 and there is no folder call “UPDATE” inside google folder.
    please help

  2. Hi,
    I found following method:
    1. Open MyComputer and go to location ‘C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc’
    2. copy ‘hosts’ file and paste it on desktop.(Take backup of original file)
    3. open ‘hosts’ file in notepad and delete entries related to google.com
    e.g. clients2.google.com
    4. save file and copy & replace it with the file in ‘C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc’ location

  3. Thanks – my problem is solved by Hrishi’s method with a tweak:

    Somehow I can’t edit and save this file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\host) even with administrative access. Since the only effective settings it contains are “###.###.###.### clients2.google.com” I no longer need, I simply deleted the entire file (with a backup, of course).

    Then I can immediately install Chrome extensions (without restarting it). My trouble for the past a few months is finally gone.

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