Google has released Chrome 37 64-bit to stable channel

Google's popular web browser, Chrome, has a new version out for you to download, it's 64-bit (yes, 64-bit). The updated browser is now available for Windows, OS X and Linux users and includes updates to how fonts look on Windows and an updated password manager.

For Windows users, the best part of this update will be the support for DirectWrite, for improved font rendering which will make browsing the web even better; there are also a number of new apps/extension APIs and other stability improvements as well.

As with each new update, Google as awarded cash for security fixes. This time around the top reward was for $3000 for a combination of bugs in V8, IPC, sync, and extensions that can lead to remote code execution outside of the sandbox.

This update is especially important for the DiretWrite improvements, as it will help out with fonts on Neowin's front page. As you can tell, we released our updated design over the weekend and when Chrome has DirectWrite enabled, it improves the font rendering on our site.

If you are already running any version of Chrome 32-bit (or normal Chrome) you should follow the steps below first before you switch to 64-bit:

Additionally you can choose which Flash Player works best for you by accessing chrome://plugins and choosing either pepflashplayer.dll (native to Chrome) or NPSWF64_14_0_0_179.dll (updated Adobe Flash Player you optionally installed).

What are the advantages of the 64-bit versions over the standard 32-bit version you ask? Well Google claims that;

Speed: 64-bit allows Google to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, which sees an average 25 percent bump in performance.

Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of existing security defense features like heap partitioning.

Stability: Google has observed a marked increase in stability for 64-bit Chrome over 32-bit Chrome. In particular, crash rates for the renderer process (i.e. Web content process) are almost half.

Your move Mozilla.

You can download Chrome 37 64-bit (stable) for Windows 7 or 8 here, other versions for Linux, OS X and 32-bit Windows can be found here.  

Source: Google | Thanks for the tip Boo Berry!

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Saving passwords in the browser is very insecure. Google Chrome has been known to even store passwords in the clear. A much better solution is to install a password manager, such as LastPass.

Senlis said,
Saving passwords in the browser is very insecure. Google Chrome has been known to even store passwords in the clear. A much better solution is to install a password manager, such as LastPass.

Must apply to any browser then. Still dont like using 3rd party addons or programs. Just to get something thats already in the browser.

And if it's not in a browser, I'll use another browser that has it

Pure 64 Bit browser? Internet Explorer.
I don't trust Chrome to be complete when it comes to instructions and runtimes. However they are on the right path, its time to move on .

May try it again when they decide to put a delete history / browsing history option in it.

Instead of me having to install an extension to do it. It just doesn't have enough options in it, for me to use it as my preferred browser. And yup till then I may use Cyberfox 31.01 64 bit.

I would prefer something that doesn't install crap / software that tracks your every move

installed, blazingly fast on my rig. It's amazing, and about time! (Y) (By the way, I absolutely LOVE this new layout/design that neowin has! Wow!)

i am about to try 64bit Chrome in a bit.

but i doubt ill dump Pale Moon x64 anytime soon which has been my browser of choice for a while now as Chrome's main issue is it burns up RAM very quickly unlike Pale Moon x64 which typically tops out between 1-1.5GB with many tabs open etc.

p.s. you actually like this new layout/design on neowin? ; personally i prefer the old one hands down as it's layout is better and quicker to access things as the new layout is too bulky and takes more time to do the same things i could before. the new layout is a bad thing if you ask me. any way we can get it to use the old layout or are we stuck on the new one?

Just gave it a shot, it's pretty noticeably slower than the 32 bit version (same build) so, I don't see the point to be honest. All 64 bit browsers are demonstrably slower than their 32 bit counterparts, benchmark testing can prove this easily (32 bit Chrome scored almost 14K on Octane 2.0 while the 64 bit version was barely over 12K). As for HTML5Test, Maxthon still gets the highest scores from what I can gather.

The voice plugin (in Gmail) hasn't worked in 64 bit Chrome since it was first added to the dev channel. Keeps asking for it to be installed. Any ideas how to fix it?

No longer needed. Just switch from the "old chat" to the Hangouts mode. Supports video and phone calls, all without that damn old plugin!

(Tip: For phone calls in Hangouts mode, click the little magnifying glass icon next to your name, then click the phone icon.)

Edited by IntelliMoo, Aug 27 2014, 1:49am :

The current Hangouts implementation is significantly laggy and slower (for landline calls) compared to the Google Voice (Talk) plugin solution.

I hope Google addresses this performance issue in a future update soon - or perhaps creates a (temporary) 64-bit plugin update to tie some of us over :)

Trying to make calls in Hangouts in this new 64-bit version has caused a crash every single time I've attempted it. I reported the problem and reverted back to the regular version. Shame ...

Something weird with this build. If the browser is behind another window that's not maximized, clicking anywhere on Chrome should bring it to focus and make that other window go in background. It doesn't. Quite annoying.

Those instructions are terrible and false. You can just download the basic, tiny 64-bit web installer. I can confirm that it DOES change your 32-bit install to the 64-bit version.

"As with each new update, Google as awarded cash for security fixes".

Does anyone proof these articles anymore? I know it's something small, but Neowin is getting more and more popular and this sort of stuff is far too common. Even if it's "Unprofessional Journalism".

Well, i installed it but it still says 32bits in the Task Manager... is this normal? It even installs on the Program Files (x86).

Go to About Google Chrome and look for Version 37.0.2062.94 unknown-m (64-bit). If it doesn't say (64-bit) then you're running the 32-bit build.

It installing in the x86 directory regardless of 32-bit or 64-bit binary is known.

On Windows, I uninstalled the exiting 32-bit v36, and then downloaded and ran the alternate installer (install for all users), making sure to change the url to specify 64bit, which loaded fine and it clearly said 64bit on the page, but it's still 32-bit. It does not say "(64-bit)" on the about page, and the task manager identifies it as 32-bit. :/

Update: downloading the smaller installer via the standard posted in the article seems to now have resolved it. Although it's still installed in the x86 directory, it's now 64bit (can tell from the about tab and task manager).

To be doubly sure it worked, I logged onto a different user account, and that gets the new 64bit version too, so it correctly detected and updated the 'all users' installation, it didn't install an alternate copy for a single user. :)

theblazingangel said,
Update: downloading the smaller installer via the standard posted in the article seems to now have resolved it. Although it's still installed in the x86 directory, it's now 64bit (can tell from the about tab and task manager).

This is known that it installs in x86 but it will change soon :)

Zagadka said,
What a horridly roundabout way to switch from 32 bit to 64 bit. Many casual users will never figure that out.

The author has incorrectly stated a user should un-install 32bit Chrome. This is not necessary and has not even been advised by the Chrome team. Their advice is to simply install it on top of the existing install and all user data will be retained.

This is also opt-in, so casual users are not expected to have to install in the above manner.

Speed, Security, Stability: these are the improvement wit the 64-bit version of chrome. I'll stick to internet Explorer 11 for as I hardly use any other browser apart from IE.


fordcom said,
Speed, Security, Stability: these are the improvement wit the 64-bit version of chrome. I'll stick to internet Explorer 11 for as I hardly use any other browser apart from IE.


I'll make a note of your preference for the internet.

My only issue has been getting the roboform extension to work. It doesn't show up in the 64 bit version of chrome at all.

SamuriHL said,
I got it to work. I manually pointed it at the chrome plugin and it's installed now.

Please can you explain how you did that?

SamuriHL said,
I got it to work. I manually pointed it at the chrome plugin and it's installed now.

Please let us know how...

i11usive said,

Please can you explain how you did that?

I've reverted back to 32bit until Roboform fixes the issue on the 64bit.. Seems like they know about it..

dingdong3000 said,

Please let us know how...

You can use the Roboform Lite plugin which works with the 64-bit version :) I've been in touch with Roboform who promise an updated release soon


I've reverted back to 32bit until Roboform fixes the issue on the 64bit.. Seems like they know about it..

I also got it to work. Here's how: On the RF right-click menu, choose "Options". In the "Options" menu, choose "Browser Integration". In that menu, tick "Chromium and Chromium Based Browsers". A pop-up window says to drag "this icon" to the extensions page in the browser. I didn't see an icon, but that didn't prove to be a problem. In Chrome's new 64 bit browser, on the drop down menu (from the access button in the upper right corner), choose "Tools", then "Extensions". Drag the words, "this icon" (or from anyplace is the text statement) to any white space on the Chrome extensions page, and drop it. A Chrome pop-up asks to install the new extension; accept, and it should be working.

Bolt1955 said,
I also got it to work. Here's how: On the RF right-click menu, choose "Options". In the "Options" menu, choose "Browser Integration". In that menu, tick "Chromium and Chromium Based Browsers". A pop-up window says to drag "this icon" to the extensions page in the browser. I didn't see an icon, but that didn't prove to be a problem. In Chrome's new 64 bit browser, on the drop down menu (from the access button in the upper right corner), choose "Tools", then "Extensions". Drag the words, "this icon" (or from anyplace is the text statement) to any white space on the Chrome extensions page, and drop it. A Chrome pop-up asks to install the new extension; accept, and it should be working.

Thanks mate, worked a treat!

Its funny to think we have advanced technology to the point font rendering is so important. Made me laugh to think that Office 2013 uses my GPU to render a word doc.

torrentthief said,
anyone have a link to a full 64bit installer?

http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?standalone=1(for single user account)
http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?system=true&standalone=1 (for all user accounts)

https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/index.html?system=true&standalone=1&platform=win64

is the correct link to get the 64-bit copy of the alternate "full" installer, which also allows installing for all users.

Mozilla doesn't have the resources, management, and developers to compete anymore it seems. A 32-bit browser without a touch friendly user interface, what a joke.

_Alexander said,
Mozilla doesn't have the resources, management, and developers to compete anymore it seems. A 32-bit browser without a touch friendly user interface, what a joke.

Mozilla has not released an official 64-bit version of Firefox yet but it is open source so there are third party versions like --> https://www.waterfoxproject.org/

Touch friendly release? Firefox Browser for Android

It is not official. They officially still think that people use 32-bit computers.

Android? I am talking about Windows here, Firefox interface is not touch friendly.

_Alexander said,
It is not official. They officially still think that people use 32-bit computers.

Ummmm... I said Mozilla has not officially released a 64-bit version of Firefox. The beauty of open source is someone else can make customized versions for their own needs. Mozilla does not think people use 32-bit computers they just have not released a 64-bit version yet. Google didn't have an official 64-bit version of Chrome until yesterday. Are you trolling?

Android? I am talking about Windows here, Firefox interface is not touch friendly.

Who cares about touch on the desktop? Let's not dig up that old debate again. If you really need a touch browser so you can interactively touch naked woman on your porn sites then use IE.

_Alexander said,
Mozilla doesn't have the resources, management, and developers to compete anymore it seems. A 32-bit browser without a touch friendly user interface, what a joke.

Yes! Google should be devoting all of their resources, management and developers to make a touch-friendly browser to satisfy that tiny, minuscule and utterly irrelevant less than 1% that uses touch on the desktop.

/s

I just read on Android Central that the Battlelog plugin may not work for Battlefield game series. Bleh...I was only thinking of Flash incompatibilities until I found out they have a x64 version. I think I might wait a bit.

For Battlelog there is a workaround... somewhat... try Battlelogium: https://github.com/Battlelogium/Battlelogium

Download here: https://github.com/Battlelogium/Battlelogium/releases

hairbautt said,
I just read on Android Central that the Battlelog plugin may not work for Battlefield game series. Bleh...I was only thinking of Flash incompatibilities until I found out they have a x64 version. I think I might wait a bit.

As of today battlelog plugin has been updated and works with 64-bit chrome

Lord Method Man said,

Chrome fanboys will still bash IE for not being 64 bit. That's how clueless they are.

Yeah, let me know when IE starts using an extension model.

Anyone figure out how to install this for multiple users? tried this http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?system=true&standalone=1&platform=win64 but it installs chrome 37 in 32bit mode..

Google's working on 64-bit Mac builds actually - not sure when they'll be pushed to the stable channel. This is for Windows only. Linux 64-bit builds are already available and have been for a long time now.

Anyone experiencing Flash crashes with 64-bit Chrome is running into issue 360206, e.g. the Flash NPAPI plugin crashes. https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=360206

The workaround for this issue is to do the following;

1) Go to chrome://plugins

2) Click the plus details button to expand the plugin details tree.

3) Under Adobe Flash Player, assuming you have the NPAPI plugin installed, you should see two Flash plugins.

4) Disable the NPAPI plugin and restart Chrome.

5) Profit!

P.S. If you're experiencing Flash crashes on 64-bit Chrome, make sure you report you're experiencing the issue at the link above!

Can't believe Chrome beat Firefox to a stable 64bit.
It's funny, but Firefox was moving forward faster when it had less frequent releases. Nowadays it seems like they just change the number in the about dialog :/

Waterfox is a third-party build, which is the point. There are 'official' 64-bit builds of Nightly. If you're looking for a good third-party 64-bit Firefox build for Windows with Firefox's branding, give pcxFirefox a try.

Yeah, I'm aware of third party builds but a while ago there were some talks about the official client getting a 64 bit version, however that never came out of nightly.

Use the linked uninstaller in the steps above to remove Flash. Also it varies per system, I am using the native pepflashplayer.dll player atm.

Those Flash Player steps really shouldn't be needed, Chrome uses it's packaged Flash Player by default on all versions - and you should to. No need to update manually!

Through experience of having 32-bit version and Flash installed (I know :p) all I can say is that I got a crash loop without following the steps I added.

It's a precaution if anything. Like Neobond, I also had Flash crash issues in the past until I started using the Flash uninstaller + installer for every Flash/browser update.

However NPAPI Flash crashing with 64-bit Chrome is a known issue - forcing the PPAPI "Pepper Flash" plugin and disabling the NPAPI plugin is a workaround.

LogicalApex said,
Hopefully Mozilla isn't far behind. Really interested in a 64bit official version of Firefox.

With how fast Mozilla is, my guess is they are really far behind =/.

macoman said,
Download Waterfox... same firefox but with a more advanced build.

The latest Waterfox builds got messed up, they are far from being stable. v31 is slow, buggy and lags a lot compared to FF.