How to fix Google Chrome update error 0x80040801?

Issue: Hey. I wanted to use my older laptop, and I ran into issues with old apps. I tried to update my Google Chrome because it was a while. However, I was greeted with Error Code -7: 0x80040801 instead. The message says that the connection to the Internet is failed, I need to whitelist the executable. I have no idea what to do and why this is happening. Can you help?

Solved Answer

Google Chrome update error 0x80040801 is the issue reported by various users. The problem occurs when attempting to update the web browser to the latest one. There might be several reasons people want to do so. One of them – vulnerabilities[1] found in the application. However, these update errors also can be related to the particular issue with the version of the operating system because most commonly, the error appears in Windows 10.[2]

Various other issues can trigger the error. The update service controls Google Chrome updates. If that service is disabled, the process of upgrading cannot happen, and the error gets displayed. System optimizing tools can be responsible for the disabling of the service. You can force the start of Google Update Service yourself and solve such an issue.

Another reason why the upgrade service gets blocked is the Firewall of the device. The protection can trigger the error when the connection is blocked between the local executable – googleupdate.exe and the server is stopped. The download cannot happen, and the Google Chrome update error 0x80040801 occurs. This reason can be resolved by whitelisting the service from the firewall settings.

This is the indication of error that appears:

A error occurred while checking for updates: Unable to connect to the Internet. If you use firewall,

please white list GoogleUpdate.exe(error code 7: 0x80040801 – system level).

One of the common reasons why Windows and other devices deliver errors – corruption of files particularly needed for the initiated process or system files. Malware[3] sometimes can be the reason why system files are damaged or altered. However, even the Google Chrome installation files can get corrupted and lead to the update error.

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Chrome update error

Option 1. Force start the Google Update Service

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter to open up the Services screen.
  3. Move over to the right side menu and scroll down through the list to locate Google Update Services (gupdate).
    Services window
  4. Right-click on it and choose Properties from the context menu that just appeared.
  5. Go to the General tab.
  6. Set the Startup type to Automatic (Delayed Start) and click on start to force start the service before clicking on Apply to Save the changes.
    Startup type for the service
  7. Repeat steps with the Google Update Service (gupdatem).
  8. Reboot your computer.
  9. Open Google Chrome once again and check.

Option 2. Change firewall settings

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  1. Press Windows + R keys to open a Run dialogue box.
  2. Type control firewall.cpl in the text field and hit Enter to launch Windows Firewall.
    Run box command
  3. Select Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall from the left panel.
    Allow apps to appear
  4. Click on the Change settings button.
    Firewall applications
  5. Select Yes in the User Account Control prompt.
  6. Locate googleupdate.exe from the list of options available and checkmark the boxes under both the Public and Private sections.
    Allow apps
  7. Click on OK to save the changes and check if the issue is resolved.

Option 3. Reinstall Google Chrome entirely

  1. Press Windows + R keys to launch a Run box.
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type appwiz.cpl and hit Enter.
  3. Locate Google Chrome and right-click on it.
  4. Click on Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions.
    Uninstalling app
  5. Once Chrome has been uninstalled, restart your PC.
  6. Open a Run dialogue box again and type %localappdata%.
    App data folder shortcut
  7. Hit Enter.
  8. Locate a folder named Chrome.
  9. Delete this folder to remove the local data cache.
  10. Download the browser and install.

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