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Google has released the 64-bit version of the Chrome web browser for Windows 7 and 8 into its stable channel, after first releasing a version in its beta development channel in July.

This means that Windows users who have opted to get the 64-bit versions of the OS can now run a version of Chrome that is fully optimized for their system. The 64-bit version is shown as an optional download on the main Chrome website. A 64-bit version for Mac OS owners is still in beta testing.

In a blog post, Google had this to say about the launch of Chrome for Windows 64-bit:

"64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security. Our measurements have shown that the native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of our graphics and media benchmarks. For example, the VP9 codec that's used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance. Stability measurements from people opted into our Canary, Dev and Beta 64-bit channels confirm that 64-bit rendering engines are almost twice as stable as 32-bit engines when handling typical web content. Finally, on 64-bit, our defense in depth security mitigations such as Partition Alloc are able to far more effectively defend against vulnerabilities that rely on controlling the memory layout of objects."

In addition, the regular version of Chrome 37 is now available in the stable channel as of today. This new release adds DirectWrite support for the Windows version "for improved font rendering", along with some "new apps/extension APIs" and "lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance."

If you own a Windows 7 or 8 64-bit PC, will you be checking out the new version of Chrome today?

Source: Chrome download site, Chrome blog, Chromium blog

 

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64-bit Chrome browser for Windows 7 and 8 officially out of beta

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Have been using Chrome 64 bit (right now: 38.0.2125.8 dev-m 64 bit) on my Windows 8 PC since July(when it was still in dev channel), and it have been almost flawless for almost 2 month( 2 minor shockwave flash crash on comedy central, I blame the website more than anything else).

Yes, I so agree. Calls from Gmail using this plugin are crisp, quick and clear compared to the current laggy Hangouts method!

It ran smooth that sometimes I forgot it was in beta.... Glad to see them finally bring it out of beta for everyone.

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EDIT: I see 2 version now in download page. btw, the link defaults to 32 bit
So do i have to uninstall and install 64 bit version??? i read somewhere it will auto update to 64 if the PC is 64 bit?
is it same with mac?

I have Windows 7, it kept both versions for me. I had to manually uninstall the 32bit version. When launching task manager I still saw "chrome.exe *32" until I uninstalled it.

I'll have to check. Guessing it's kept both versions, but launches the 64 bit. Thanks for the heads up. My ocd will not rest until I have remedied this!

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Be warned there are quite a bit of plug-ins that do not support 64 bit browsers yet. Most being related to games that run through the browser. I've been using 64 bit Chrome for months, and a few I know with issues are Battlefield 3,4, and Hardline. Along with others such as Warface, Hero's and Generals, etc. Forcing you to use 'gasp' Internet Explorer. THE HORROR!

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I play all those games as well but have never had that issue. Does it give you any type of error message?

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Always tells me that the plug-in is incompatible and tells me to redownload the latest version of the plug-in. Which results in the same message.

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They've just posted up the following message on Battlelog:

"PLAYERS THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO INSTALL THE LATEST 64-BIT VERSION OF GOOGLE CHROME WILL NOT CURRENTLY BE ABLE TO PLAY BATTLEFIELD VIA BATTLELOG ON PC. WE ARE WORKING TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. IN THE MEANTIME, WE ARE ENCOURAGING AFFECTED USERS TO DOWNGRADE TO THE 32-BIT VERSION OF GOOGLE CHROME OR USE ANOTHER WEB BROWSER. WE ARE SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE."

The only reason I switched back to 32 bit unfortunately. Unity, Battlelog and many other plugins don't work with 64bit.

Whoa. That's odd, 32 vs 64 bit shouldn't have any effect on scaling...or resolution for that matter..... Something is off...

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When the beta came out (with 64-bit support and the better font rendering) I tested it and got the same blurry pages and unscaled stuff, and I dreaded the day theu would update the Stable with it.

I think it has to do with the DirectWrite font stuff, not sure, but I'm not alone it this issue - see Chrome issue 395425 (I can't post a link)

Yep, I just uninstalled my 32-bit and did a fresh install of the 64-bit version and it looks noticeably worse. I am not happy about this at all...

Edit: I installed the 32-bit over the 64-bit and the resolution is now looking great. However, when I go to the 'About' screen, it still says it's the 64-bit version.

Here's the workaround for anyone experiencing the scaling/blurry issue... Go to your Chrome shortcut's properties (right click Chrome icon, go to Properties). Then in the "Target:" field, enter the following /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 right after the closing quotation marks currently at the end of the text already in that field (chrome.exe"). Make sure there's a space right after the closing quotation before you input the new text. Restart Chrome. --- NOTES: If Chrome is pinned to your Taskbar, unpin it, open and confirm this fix took, then re-pin) / If you allow Chrome to run on desktop in background (even w/o browser open), you also must Exit/Kill that on your desktop in order for this fix to take hold. --- Good Luck and hope this helps!

so i had 32bit stable(build 36) installed, loaded up chrome and it updated to 37. do i have to installed stable 64 bit over it to get 64bit or did the auto update take care of it?

But but but, this is Android Central not Chrome Central. :)

Thanks AC for the heads up, I will be updating when I get home from work.

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I wonder if installing the 64-bit version will reduce Chrome's memory usage. Even if it doesn't, kudos to the Chrome team for making a 64-bit browser for an increasingly 64-bit world.

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Here's the workaround for anyone experiencing the scaling/blurry issue... Go to your Chrome shortcut's properties (right click Chrome icon, go to Properties). Then in the "Target:" field, enter the following after the closing quotation marks currently at the end of the text already in that field (chrome.exe"). Make sure there's a space right after the closing quotation, before you input the new text, which is as follows...

/high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1

Restart Chrome

NOTES: If Chrome is pinned to your Taskbar, unpin it before applying this fix, then open and confirm this fix took, then re-pin). If you allow Chrome to run on desktop in background (even w/o browser open), you also must Exit/Kill that on your desktop in order for this fix to take hold. --- Good Luck!

If chrome is a little blurry. Check your dpi settings on your desktop. My version of Chrome was blurry. When I readjusted desktop size back to 100%. It made chrome crystal clear. Then adjust your browser size and see what it looks like.

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