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Google Chrome 64-bit for Windows Goes Stable, Here’s How To Get It

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Windows gets 64-bit builds, Mac is up next

The release of Google Chrome v37 on the stable channel brings Windows users more than nicer looking fonts. It also brings with it the first stable 64-bit builds.

Google has been trialling 64-bit versions of Chrome for Windows on the developer channel since early summer, with beta channel testers being given access as recently as July.

But although rolling out as part of the Chrome 37 stable release, Google is not automatically switching those on supported systems to the newer builds (as they’re seemingly doing on OS X).

Instead, if you’re running a compatible version of Windows 7 or 8 you will need to head over to the Google Chrome website and hit the new “Windows 64-bit” download link to get it. 

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It’s important to note that 64-bit versions of Chrome cannot be run on 32-bit version of Windows, even if the system processor is 64-bit capable.

Benefits

Google says the builds deliver improvements in security and performance, while the stability of its rendering engine is ‘almost twice as stable as 32-bit’ under regular use.

Those not willing to make the leap just yet, for whatever reason, don’t need to panic. Google says it intends to fully support regular builds ‘for the foreseeable future’.

If you decide to take it for a spin let us know how you get on!

  • http://nemchik.com/ Eric Nemchik

    Has anyone on chrome 37 stable 64bit found a way to get the java plugin working?

  • http://www.deadhippo.com/ Alan

    Quicktime doesn’t work and 64bit uses tons of RAM. Reverting.

    • http://twitter.com/d0od Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      RAM is there to be used (not to the point where system performance suffers, ofc). Most modern operating systems are able to intelligently manage memory usage. Unused RAM is wasted RAM.

      • http://www.deadhippo.com/ Alan

        System performance suffered greatly.

        • aliquis

          +1.

          I changed my swap settings to get swap used on two discs so if my swap was fragmented that may be the issue.

          I’ll set a fixed file on swap and defrag that filesystem instead.

          Regardless it seem to use quite a bit more ram and switching tabs was slow and I don’t really see the need for it anyway since 32 bit chrome spams new processes like crazy so it can of course already use more than 4 GB of RAM in total.

      • Pierre Gardin

        Not using RAM is like not using a room.

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      Apple will have to release a 64-bit plugin for Quicktime. Now I’m wondering if the VLC plugin will work.. gotta test that.

  • Eric Whitney

    Anyone able to successfully start/join a WebEx meeting with Chrome 64-bit (either beta or stable)? No success here, so that’s forcing me to stick with 32-bit.

    • Phill Johntony

      I noticed this as well as soon as I switched to 64-bit I haven’t been able to join WebEx meetings in Chrome. Works fine in Firefox. It asks me to download an add-on, I run it, and it does nothing.

    • http://dustinwilkins.com/ Dustin Wilkins

      I have also noticed this… I’m actively looking for a solution.

    • Bill
  • Brennen Raimer

    I don’t understand why 32-bit would be stable but the 64-bit version of the same code would be unstable

    • aliquis

      Because there was more to it when just changing a setting in the compiler?

  • Anthony Ng

    Anybody know the status of Call Phone from Gmail? I used that a lot and it doesn’t seem to work, even when uninstall and reinstall the voice and video chat plug in

  • Kawshik Tonoo

    The stacked tabs flag is no longer availabe in Google Chrome 64-bit.

    :(

  • Heimen Stoffels

    Joey, are you sure it’s the real 64-bit version? Because it installs to Program Files (x86) rather than Program Files…

    • yochanan

      If you updated from 32-bit to 64-bit it stays installed in the same location. You’ll see chrome.exe in Task Manager for 64-bit & chrome .exe *32 for 32-bit.

      • Heimen Stoffels

        I didn’t update from 32-bit to 64-bit, I directly download the 64-bit version from Joey’s link on a fresh install of Windows…

    • dpimente

      I had the 32 bit installed when i ran the 64 bit installer. Even though I still see chrome in the Program Files (x86) directory, if i go to to ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ button (it’s in the top right of Google Chrome application, the 3 horizontal Lines button) and then selection ‘About Google Chrome’ it says

      ‘Version 37.0.2062.103 unknown-m (64-bit)

      Google Chrome is up to date.’

      So the 64 bit may just run from the x86 directory, no matter the situation, for now…

  • Curtis Ling

    finally
    32-bit chrome wasn’t exactly known for being fast