A good way of testing new versions of the
so called Google browser Google Chrome web browser is to run a portable version of it. The main advantage that portable versions offer is that they don't need to be installed and that they make little to no changes to the operating system because of that.
The only problem that arises is that it can be quite problematic to stay up to date with all the web browser updates that the Google Chrome team releases regularly. Long time Ghacks reader Caschy creates new portable versions of the Google Chrome browser regularly which he publishes on his website after official browser updates.
New versions of the Google browser can be regularly downloaded from the website. The browser can then be executed by launching the file ChromeLoader.exe for a normal program start or IncognitoChromeLoader.exe for starting the anonymous mode of the Google browser.
Updates that are released can simple be copied over the existing directory of the Google browser. Users just have to make sure to avoid overwriting the profile directory which stores user related data.
Users who are interested in staying up to date with the portable Google Chrome releases are encouraged to add the RSS feed of the website to their feed reader as this seems to be the best way to be notified of program updates.
Update: Another possibility is the portable version of Chrome at the Portable Apps website. The site operators offer downloads for the latest Google Chrome Stable, Beta and Dev builds on their site. You need to install those builds into a directory first before they become truly portable.
The portable nature makes it still necessary to download updates manually from the Portable Apps website. These updates are then installed over the current location on the computer.
The portable Chrome version has several limitations. Passwords are for instance tied to the PC the browser is run on, which means they are not saved in the same directory as the portable version of the browser. The same is true for certificates.
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