How to downgrade back to version 1.23.71

Since upgrading to Version 1.36.119 from 1.23.71 I cannot take screenshots of videos in Udemy. This is a tutorial site, and I would regularly capture portions of the video containing diagrams for my OneNote notes. This has completely disrupted my workflow. I understand that it’s a DRM protection, but how can I roll this back? I’m not trying to rip off their content - I just need this functionality because my tutorial videos contain a lot of diagrams and such. I was very upset when I stopped being able to take notes this way, because it makes my life a lot harder. Please help.

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Is this with the Windows Snip tool, or using the browser itself?

This is using the Windows snip tool. I also tried using Snagit screenshot grabber. I think any screenshot utility will trigger the DRM (Widevine?) protection. My issue is that it was working before. Now I’m continuing my Udemy course using Firefox, which still allows me to do screencapture, even on most updated version. As I said before, this stopped working immediately after I upgraded to the latest Brave version, and still appears to work in Firefox, so I know that it was not caused by any changes made to the Udemy website, rather - it must be related to some components that were updated in the latest Brave.

While I do understand the frustration and it is unfortunate, I highly recommend not downgrading your browser to that version. Updates contain important security fixes/features in addition to the litany of bug fixes. This will also likely mess with your Rewards (if you’re using them).

Especially considering just how old that version is. v1.23.71 is > 10 versions behind the latest. You would be opening yourself up to significant risks and I do not think it is worth it.

Ok, I will not downgrade. I will use Firefox. Any chance of this being fixed in upcoming versions, or are you basically hamstrung because of having to run on Chrome? (In my opinion - this is a case in point of why I’m glad that Firefox is available; because Google may preach “don’t be evil” but then they run with DRM or something lousy and it makes me sad)

I would say its unlikely but not impossible. I can reach out to the team but I would expect a similar response from them. Again, I do apologize for the inconvenience.

You may also consider trying Vivaldi browser. They’ve got a built-in screen capture tool that may work for your use case.

Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll check it out!

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Is there a way to downgrade to the last version? The new version of Chromium introduced a bug in Canvas, at least for my rather out-of-date computer, that renders Canvas unusable in certain cases.

Please open an issue/thread here with the details surrounding the Canvas error you’re seeing so we can take a closer look. Again, downgrading is highly risky.

Thank you.

I find it funny that the standard line from all software companies is that updates are for your safety. Sounds a lot like government shoving things down your throat. Here’s my problem with auto updates. I do a lot of work with software and it sometimes takes me a significant amount of time to fix the bugs caused by auto updates. I stopped allowing automatic updates years ago when I had an IT worker come and update my machine and break a piece of production control software to the point of where I had to go home, recover the application and run it on my own PC. How about you let US worry about the risk and give us an option to disable those updates until we’re ready? It’s annoying to have to disable this stuff through manual means and while I like Brave, I have an extreme hatred for automatic updates that I cannot control.

@candlemas ,

Downgrading an Internet browser

Prior to that . . . Windows OS users should be maintaining:

(1) Routine backups of the Windows Registry, and naming the backups, to include date and time of their creation.

(2) Specific backups of items in the Windows Registry, that are tied to items in the BraveSoftware folder:


and naming the specific Registry item backups, to include date and time of their creation. Probably, there will be a lot of searching around on the Internet, in order to discover just exactly what are the “specific Registry items” to back up (or keep a written record of them).

(3) Routine System Restore Points, and include in their names, date and time of their creation.

(4) Routine backups of the BraveSoftware folder:


and naming the backups, to include date and time of their creation.

(5) Operate a password manager/wallet (in-addition-to/other-than what an Internet browser has), for saving your username and password combinations.

(6) Manually backup the Bookmarks.

(7) Routine backups of your important data, from whatever are the directories where such data resides; again, naming the backups, to include date and time.

In order for your chances of finding what you need - from your collections of the above - to match at a point of time, in the past.

(8) Maintain a directory that contains installers of older versions of the Internet browser.

(9) There is also, the more broad backup of the Windows installation:

Be prepared.

Given, that the other side of the hazard, is the considerable amount of Security Updates (CVE, etc) involved within Chromium.


Not to mention, the many hundreds of [Blink and] Chromium issues that need fixing, and then the same for Brave Browser.

Blink (I had not heard of it, until about 4 days ago):>Fonts

Issue 1184110: Missing glyphs in SNAP installation of Chromium:>Fonts

Issue 1267606: Arial font not rendered properly (hyphen, dash character renders as “box”)

The CHANGELOG for Brave Browser, for Android, Linux OS, Mac OS, Windows OS; shows a list of the stable releases, including many notes:

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