Running Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit, on a Lenovo G50 laptop, with an AMD A8-6410 APU. Got a notice a couple days ago that there was a Brave update available. I clicked the “Later” button, figuring I’d update just before I shut down. At some point I minimized the Brave window, and as I did, I noticed that the update was starting. I let it finish and install, and waited several minutes for the Install dialog box to close after it said it had completed. Clicking on the “Close” button did nothing, and clicking the “X” didn’t work either. I finally brought up the Task Manager and killed the box that way, then shut down my laptop for the night.
Next day, after I booted my laptop, I noticed that I had two Brave icons – apparently the new version installed itself in a different location and left the old version in place. When I clicked the icon in the taskbar, nothing seemed to happen. I waited a minute, then clicked the icon again. There seemed to be a window “frame” that emerged and disappeared into the icon whenever I clicked it, but no Brave splash page would appear.
I decided that something had gone wrong with the install and I needed to do it over, so I went to the control panel to uninstall. Brave Uninstall ran for several minutes, but didn’t seem to do anything. I used Task Manager to kill the uninstall process, then went to the file locations and manually deleted them, and the icons. I ended up deleting all the Brave files on my laptop, and emptying the Recycle box, which prevented me from going back to the old version.
I went through the entire download and install process again, but had exactly the same problem: no browser page would appear when clicking the icon, either from the task bar or the desktop. I came here and found I wasn’t the only one having difficulty with the new Brave on Windows 7.
Until the new version of Brave is fixed, I will go back to using Duck Duck Go, which works really well.
I have tried to download the old Brave Muon version from GitHub, but apparently I’m getting the wrong files and/or executables. Can someone tell me what I need to do? I liked that version and would love to have it back.