There will be a notification to inform you every time when a new update is out for Google Chrome. You can follow the instructions to update your web browser to the latest version easily. However, problems occur during the update process and you may encounter different kinds of update error. Here, I will mainly focus on error code 3: 0x80040154.

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Encounter Error Code 3: 0x80040154 While Updating Chrome

People are prone to install Google Chrome when they get a new machine and they prefer to update the browser whenever there’s a new version out. However, the update doesn’t always succeed. For instance, there are many people reported error code 3: 0x80040154 while they’re trying to update Google Chrome.

Chrome error 3:

An error occurred while checking for updates: Update check failed to start (error code 3: 0x80040154 -- system level).

error code 3 0x80040154

Why does the Chrome error code 3 occur?

The error code 3 0x80040154 will occur when the inbuilt updater of Chrome cannot find the update server to download the latest version of browser.

So what to do when the installer encountered error 3?

Don’t worry! The following methods can help you fix Chrome install error 3 even though you are an inexperienced user.

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Solution 1: Try Manual Update

Please don’t be anxious when seeing error code 3 0x80040154; it is just one common Chrome update error. Remember, the first thing to do after seeing it is trying to complete the update manually.

  1. Find your Google Chrome icon on the computer desktop and double click on it to open the browser. (If you didn’t put this icon on the desktop, you can go to the installation folder to find the executable file of Chrome.)
  2. Find the three vertical dots menu icon in the upper right corner and click on it.
  3. Move your cursor to the Help option in the menu.
  4. Choose About Google Chrome from its submenu.
  5. This will enable the Google Chrome to check for updates and download them automatically.
  6. Wait for the process to finish. And then click on the Relaunch button.
  7. The Chrome will be relaunched and the About Chrome page will appear to show that your Google Chrome is up to date (with the exact version number).


Solution 2: Restart Google Chrome and Computer

The easiest way to troubleshoot when Chrome update failed is restarting.

  1. Also, you need to click on the three vertical dots at the upper right.
  2. Choose Exit from the drop-down menu this time.
  3. Your Google Chrome browser should be closed in a flash. Now, you can go to open it again.


You can also close the Google Chrome by clicking on the X button in the upper right corner directly.

How to restart a Windows 10 computer? (The steps to restart other systems are similar.)

  1. Click on the Windows button at the bottom left.
  2. Choose Power from the left sidebar.
  3. Select Restart from the pop-up menu.

Solution 3: Enable Google Update Services

  1. Right click on the Windows button to bring up the Win + X menu. (What if the WinX menu not working?)
  2. Choose Run from the menu.
  3. Type services.msc and press Enter.
  4. Look for the Google Update Service (gupdate) and double click on it.
  5. Click on the arrow after Startup type to choose Automatic or Automatic (Delayed Start).
  6. Click Apply and OK at the bottom.
  7. Look for the Google Update Service (gupdatem) and double click on it.
  8. Select Manual for Startup type.
  9. Click Apply and OK at the bottom.
  10. Restart your computer and try to update Chrome again.


Solution 4: Modify Windows Registry

  1. Open Run dialog box to type regedit. Then, hit Enter.
  2. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SOFTWARE, Policies, and Google.
  3. Select Update from the left pane.
  4. Right click on Updatedefault from the right pane and choose Modify.
  5. Change the Value data to 1 and click on the OK button.
  6. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Update.
  7. Double click on Updatedefault and change the Value data to 1.
  8. Close Registry Editor and restart your computer. Then, try Chrome update again.

If the Chrome update failed and you still run into error code 3: 0x80040154, you should also do the following things:

  • Check the internet connection of your computer.
  • Go to make sure the auto update is not disabled on your PC.
  • Don’t set the antivirus, firewall, or parental control settings to block any downloading.
  • Uninstall and reinstall Google Chrome.

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