When I tried to start the Canary version of Google Chrome today on my Windows 7 Professional system it displayed the error message "Google Chrome has stopped working" and a button to close the program.
Windows too started to become active as it was looking for a solution for the issue automatically.
The only option at this point in time was to close the program. I tried to launch the web browser twice again, the second time with administrative privileges, but it crashed both times shortly after I clicked on the browser's icon in the Windows taskbar.
Chrome worked fine just a couple of hours before the incident and it has not been updated in the meantime which could have been an explanation for it crashing.
Fixing the error
Here is what I did to fix the error. While this fix worked for me, it may not work for you as well. This is why I'm listing additional options to repair Google Chrome when you receive the stopped working error on Windows.
I went to the Chrome download page, downloaded the latest Canary version to the PC, and installed it directly without uninstallation.
The following links point to the download pages
If that does not work, try the following solutions instead
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\in Windows Explorer and rename the Default profile to Defaultbackup after you exit the web browser.
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