Chrome: Aw, Snap – Windows 10

Microsoft has released a new update. This update causes Google Chrome to produce an Aw, Snap error whenever opening Chrome. Even if you click on the settings page.

There have been fixes, such as the –no-sandbox command line. However, this isn’t a nice solution.

The best way (for now), is to set compatibility mode on all users to Windows 7.

To do this, navigate to:

  1. C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application
  2. Right click on Chrome.exe and select properties.
  3. Click Compatibility
  4. Select Change Settings for All Users
  5. Select Run this in compatibility mode for Windows 7
  6. Click Ok

This will change the compatibility mode for all users. If you do not select all users, the setting will revert after the first time it’s run.

Outlook: the operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer

That’s a long title.

We’ve had this issue on a Windows 2012 Terminal Server. When users click on any type of hyperlink in Outlook (or any other Microsoft product), it gives this error.


This issue is quite interesting. It our case, it has been caused by removing Chrome from the system. But it did not uninstall properly, leaving un-removed registry keys all over the place.

What happens is, when Chrome is installed, it uses a class handler called ChromeHTML. When you click a link, Outlook looks for this class in the registry. If Chrome has not been removed correctly, you will get error above.

The method of fixing this would be to change the .html class under each HKEY_CURRENT_USER, but this is a headache. The better way is to copy htmlfile class, delete the old ChromeHTML class, and reimport htmlfile class as ChromeHTML. This sets ChromeHTML as Internet Explorer, fixing the issue for everyone.

The steps to fix this are as follows:

  1. Delete the ChromeHTML key from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesChromeHTML
  2. Export the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClasseshtmlfile key to your desktop, call it reg.reg
  3. Open the reg.reg file in notepad and do a word replace of htmlfile to ChromeHTML
  4. Save the notepad file and exit
  5. Run the registry file which will import the new key

Once users close Outlook and other Microsoft Office programs, the problem will be resolved.

Error installing .Net v3.5 SP1

Many users have reported that they are having problems installing .net 3.5 SP1 or .net 3.0. There are many issues that can cause this problem. After much testing we have found the best way to fix this problem is to run the .net cleanup tool and install .net 3.5 SP1 once it has finished. We recommend removing all .Net versions on your system unless you specifically need one.

[Update: This can also be caused by IIS being installed. If you do not require IIS, uninstall it then try installing the .Net 3.5 SP1 framework again]

1. Run .Net Cleanup Tool
2. Remove all versions of the .Net framework from your computer
3. Restart your computer
4. Install .Net Framework 3.5 SP1

.Net Cleanup Tool [500kb]
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Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Boot Strap Install [2MB]
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Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Full Install [250MB]
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Applies To
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2000
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008