How do I “specify a different profile directory” in Chrome?

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Problem :

I was having problems with the latest version of Chrome which had been automatically installed (my settings are set to install updates).

So I decided to delete it using MacKeeper, revert to the prior functioning version ( 36.0.1985.125), and everything seems to be working well… except for the series of prompts I get when I turn on the computer telling me that

"Some features may be unavailable. Please specify a different profile directory or use a newer version of Chrome."

I can click OK and they go away and everything seems to be working fine… It’s just annoying and I have no idea how to specify a different profile directory.


Solution :

First, create a new profile. If you set it as default it would be easier:

  1. Quit Google Chrome completely.
  2. Go to the Go menu > Go to Folder.
  3. Enter the following directories in the text field, then press Go.

    ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/
  4. Locate the folder called Default in the directory window that opens and rename it as Backup default.

  5. Try opening Google Chrome again. A new Default folder is automatically created as you start using the browser.

If you wish, you can transfer information from your old user profile to your new one. However, this action is not recommended, since a part of your old profile may be corrupt. With that in mind, to transfer your old bookmarks, copy the Bookmarks.bak file from the Backup default folder to your new Default folder. Once moved, rename the file from Bookmarks.bak to Bookmarks to complete the migration. All other browser data will remain in the Backup default folder, but you won’t be able to transfer it to your new profile.


Now, if you want to have several profiles you can “create new users” using the menu in Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar and select Settings.
  2. In the “Users” section, click Add new user.
  3. A confirmation dialog appears, choose a picture and enter a name for the new Chrome user.

    Note: When you add a new Chrome user a desktop shortcut is created by
    default. If you don’t want a desktop shortcut uncheck the “Add desktop
    shortcut” checkbox. Creating a desktop shortcut for new users allows
    each Chrome user on your computer to quickly access their profile.
    Different profiles are easily differentiated on the desktop by the
    different names and pictures associated with each profile.

  4. Click Create.

To switch users using Mac: You can switch to another user by right-clicking the Chrome icon in the Dock and select a different user. Alternatively, you can click Users in the menu bar to switch to another user.


In short and easy way :

Uninstall Google Chrome and go to C:UsersUserNameAppDataLocalGoogle folder and delete the chrome folder, Clean the registry using CCleaner and install again the version you want.

This will fix all problems related with chrome.

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