How to Download Google Chrome on Win 2K

Google Chrome is available for only Windows XP and Vista, but if you are stuck with Windows 2000 and want to try Google Chrome, use this trick (Thanks to Pratham)

You need to change the user-agent of the browser to download Google Chrome to Win 2K. On Firefox, go to about:config, create a new string entry general.useragent.override and set it to this Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; ru; rv: Gecko/2008070208 Firefox/3.0.1
(Note: For Windows 2000 systems the unseragent string will have Windows NT 5.0)

about cofig

Right click to select new string

String Name
Enter String Name, and then enter above given value

About Mozilla Firefox
Check your Mozilla User Agent string from Help menu of Firefox, select About Mozilla Firefox.

Note: I haven’t tested myself on Win 2K system, but it seems to work with Windows 2000 SP4.

Update: With this method you can download Chrome but not working it seems (see the comments), mean while you can try portable chrome version.


  1. Keith Evans says

    I’ve been ferreting about looking for a solution to installing Google Chrome on a w2k machine and I came across this fellow…

    You’ll have to translate his blog from Japanese but it’s easy enough to read after translation.

    Does it work? I don’t know as I’ve only just found it and I gotta get off to work now so it’ll have to wait until I get home unless you’d like to try it out!

  2. kickback999 says

    I thought there should be a way! Especially when games like Quake Wars and programs like Microsofts own windows Defender can be made to work on win2k very easily indeed in less than a minute and your average Internet Explorer (the most stupid kind of pc user) could manage it.
    I can’t make sense of that site even with babelfish website translator (everything keeps saying “the Soviet Union”?! But if you make any progress could you create some kind of English instruction for the rest of us?

  3. Stac says

    One should download from that japaneese blog and run chrome2k.bat.

    Script makes some changes to registry, turns some apps to compatabilty mode (?), runs IE to download Chrome.

    So it does not work on my system yet, some problem appers while adding information to registry.

  4. kickback999 says

    It adds fine to registry for me but then during installation it keeps come up with a box saying “Google chrome does not support Windows 2000 some features may not work”, just keep clicking ok every time it comes up and it will install fine.
    Open it and it comes up with a box saying the same thing…
    Click OK and then Chrome loads and appears to work fine!
    What problem do you have adding to the registry?

  5. Stac says

    I get a message that not all data added to registry becouse some sections are busying by system or other program.

  6. Stac says

    I thought about safe mode or something like that. While my pc worked for week or nore, I didn’t want to restart it :)
    But yesterday my HDD seems to be crashed. So I’m taking a break with Chrome until I buy a new HDD.

    And I’ll try Navjot Singh’s method to install Crome on win2k.

  7. Stac says

    It shouldn’t break my computer, yeah!

    My problem dosn’t relate to registry, it is a hardware fault.

  8. kickback999 says

    It shouldn’t break your computer, I have done lots of registry tweaking on my win2k pc mostly from this site

    As long as you don’t do something stupid and try to invent your own tweak nothing should really screw up your pc in the registry (though my dad does that sort of stuff all the time but hes an expert)

  9. says

    Hi, Stac.

    > So it does not work on my system yet, some problem appers while adding information to registry.

    Please install chrome2k.reg with manually.
    Does the chrome download link appear,
    when you run C:\Program Files\IEXP.exe(, whicke was made by this bachfile) and access to ?

  10. Wallbert Elicot says

    Ive already downloaded the portable version of chrome.. Now the problem is when i run chromloader.exe, it gives me the for xp and vista only.. Now i downloaded as instructed but i cannot install the .reg key due to the IT lockdown on our company..

    Question is, do any of you guys know how to convert the .reg file to .vbs file so that i could the place the registry keys to the registry? i cannot directly add the .reg file but if i add the registry keys via vbscript i think it would work (have found .vbs files modifying registry keys on my company dekstop)..

    Navjot Singh, if you could provide me with a vbscript that would directly place the values in the .reg file to registry that would be a great help. Thanks..

  11. Wallbert Elicot says

    nope, cant open regedit from here.. basically i cant add registry entries via .reg files.. i have to add it via .vbs files because its the only way to add registry entries from my work computer..

    please, does anyone know?

    btw, i installed CHROME on my ceedo drive, it runs but can’t display pages.. does anyone know how to get it to run through proxy servers?

  12. turboscrew says

    I guess there might be more chrome fans with windows 2000 if the windows 2000 owners could try it. I personally think that I would rather go with Linux than Vista or XP. Playing around with special HW could prove to be costly with later-than-win2k windows systems, because there is bound to be quite a number of reinstallations.

  13. says

    Worked fine for me using ‘’ from the Japanese page.
    Had to restart before Chrome would run with out crashing on start up.

  14. Recalcitrant says

    Screw Google Chrome : I’m staying on Win2K ; it is the last great OS without NSA spyware.

  15. Kickback999 says

    Screw that I have moved on to Fedora linux.
    Much nicer and faster on my pc than windows 2000.

  16. 2pac says

    why wont crome work on win 2000 my ie will never workn i have a viris and no windows disk and by the way chrom Sukkkkks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats just my apiniuan

  17. Drew from Dover says

    If Google wants to snub and give the bird to W2K users FINE! I’m sure there are other browsers that aren’t too good for 2000.

  18. Terry Gee says

    Version installed and working fine, but how do you get rid of the warning message each time you start this browser??

  19. Adrian Loh says

    I’ve just downgraded from XP Home to Win2K SP4 because I wanted more performance out of my old P4.
    I’ve tried this method and it only works till when it starts downloading, then it fails there.
    Now I am using Firefox, it’s blazingly faster that I don’t think I need Chrome for the moment or even IE8.

  20. vx says

    I’m not “stuck” with wy2k, but prefer to use it. F*** Microsquish. I’m not spending a penny more on their sh**ty products.

  21. Vicent says

    I’ve tried Google Chrome four times and am ready to remove it again. It crashes and simply isn’t stable enough for me. I’ll stick with Avant and IE8.


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