It's no secret that using Chrome on Windows 11 is anything but a smooth experience. Even after going through the tedious process of changing your default browser in Windows 11, there is no guarantee that you will navigate smoothly afterward. Windows 11 users are often unable to open the Chrome browser at all.
While the reason behind this issue can range from compatibility issues to corrupted files, the solutions in this guide are guaranteed to fix Chrome not opening on Windows 11. So, let's take a look at it.
1. Restart your PC
First, you can start by restarting your PC. If your Chrome won't open issue is due to a program or process running in the background, restarting your PC should fix the problem.
2. Run the compatibility troubleshooter
Compatibility problems can often prevent applications and programs from starting in Windows 11. For such occasions, Windows 11 includes a compatibility troubleshooter that can independently detect and fix such problems. Here's how to use it.
Step 1: Right-click on the Chrome icon and select Properties.
Step 2: In the Properties window, switch to the Compatibility tab and click Run Compatibility Troubleshooter.
From there, follow the onscreen instructions to finish troubleshooting. After finishing it, go ahead and see if you can open Chrome.
3. Delete user profile
It may be that the Chrome user profile has been corrupted. When this happens, Windows may not load the program itself. To fix it, you can try deleting the folder that contains your profile data. That's how.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.
Step 2: In the text box, paste the command below and press Enter.
% USERPROFILE% AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Data
Step 3: In the next window, find the default folder and create a copy of that folder on your desktop for backup purposes.
Step 4: Next, delete the default folder.
Once removed, go ahead and see if Chrome works fine.
4. Disable the antivirus
Sometimes antivirus can be too cautious and end up blocking Chrome. Many people have reported that they have managed to solve the problem by disabling the antivirus on their PC. You can also try it. If it works, you need to look in the antivirus program and whitelist Google Chrome from there.
5. Clear DNS
The DNS cache contains information about recent visits to websites and other Internet domains. While this data is intended to help, it can also become corrupted when inserted by unauthorized domain names or IP addresses. You can delete the existing DNS cache in a few simple steps to solve that.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + X and select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the menu.
Step 2: On the console, type the command mentioned below and press Enter.
ipconfig / flushdns
After the process is complete, you will see a message that says “Successfully flushed DNS resolution cache”.
6. Reset network settings
If the problems persist even after flushing the DNS cache, you can go ahead and try resetting the network settings in Windows 11. This should reinstall all the network adapters in your PC and set other network settings to their default value. Here's how to do it.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to start Settings.
Step 2: Switch to the Network and Internet tab on your left and click on Advanced Network Settings.
Step 3: Under More Settings, select the Reset Network option.
Step 4: Lastly, click the Reset Now button to reset your network settings.
7. Reinstall Chrome
If nothing works, you may need to uninstall Chrome and install it again. In this way, you can get rid of the old data associated with Chrome and start completely from scratch. Furthermore, it will also update Chrome in the process. If you decide to go for this option, make sure all your essential data is synced with your Google account beforehand.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to launch Settings app. Use the left panel to navigate to the Applications tab and click Applications & Features.
Step 2: Scroll down to find Google Chrome. Click on the three-dot menu and select the Uninstall option.
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