Saturday, 31 August 2013


Google Chrome is used by many as their default browser because it is fast and loads quickly. Although it launches immediately at times you may find it displaying ‘Your profile could not be opened correctly’ error message as follows:

Your profile could not be opened correctly in Google Chrome

Some features may be unavailable. Please check that the profile exists and you have permission to read and write its contents.

This can be annoying especially when you require the browser to show up immediately. Corrupted history file can be regarded as the main source for getting this error message. But what is corrupted history file? Well, corrupted history file is a file that holds record of old visited web sites. This record is primarily stored in a file called WEB DATA file. So, you need to remove the web data files completely from the Google Chrome Web Browser directories first. However, before doing so it is essential to back-up all your valuable data - because, the web data files include all the valuable information such as your passwords, bookmarks, Chrome extensions, etc.
google chrome new logo Fix: Your profile could not be opened correctly in Google Chrome

Method 1: Delete web data files from Chrome

  • Close/quit Google Chrome.
  • If you are a Windows 7 user, find the web data file using this path, C:\Users\home\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • If found, delete the file and restart the browser
Hopefully, the problem should get fixed. Also make sure, option to show hidden files is enabled on your computer system while you follow the process. Don’t know how to do it? No worries! Follow the steps mentioned below.
  1. Open windows Explorer
  2. Click on ‘Organize’ and choose ‘Folder and search’ Option
  3. Then, under the ‘View’ tab and the ‘Files and Folders’ menu, check the ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives’ option.

Method 2: Create a new profile by copying data from old profile

  • Here, instead of removing ‘Web Data’ completely you include most of the useful data from old profile into a new profile by copying it there. To do so, rename the Default folder at C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\ to the word of your choice say, Temporary.
  • Then, create a new folder and name it as ‘default’.
  • Next, copy the files/folders given below from original Default folder (currently named as temporary) to the new Default folder one by one. After every step, try opening the browser and see if the problem persists. At some point you will get it; most probably for latest object copied.

Method 3: Delete the existing user and creating a new one

  • In this method, you just delete the existing user and create a new one. The action deletes all your data associated with the account. How to do this?
  • Assuming that you are using Google Chrome, click on the wrench icon and navigate to Settings/Options.
  • Next, choose personal stuff >Users and finally click on the ‘Delete’ button, when found.
  • Now, add a new user. That’s it!
Hope it helps!


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