By Ellie / Last Updated October 29, 2021

Chrome Remote Desktop error: “Some required components missing”

“When I tried to connect remotely to my work PC using Chrome Remote Desktop, it kept telling me that I had ‘Some required components missing’ and that I needed to make sure I was running the most recent version of Chrome on my computer. I’ve been having this issue for a few days and have read hundreds of articles online with no solution. Any ideas how this could be fixed?”

Chrome Component Missing

Two methods to fix Chrome Remote Desktop components missing

Here in this post, we sort out two methods tested by users to help you fix Chrome Remote Desktop components missing error.

Method 1. Update Chrome components

The first method is to update Chrome components. This method has been tested by many users on Reddit as useful. Just type in "chrome://components" in the address bar and then press Enter to open the page. Then update everything one by one, it should fix the problem. After the update, please remember to restart your Chrome browser.

Chrome Component

Method 2. Remove and reinstall Chrome Remote Desktop

It has also been confirmed by many users that removing and reinstalling Chrome Remote Desktop could help fix Chrome Remote Desktop components missing error.

Step 1. Expand Extensions in the upper-right corner of the Chrome browser and click Manage extensions below.

Manage Google Extensions

Step 2. In the main interface of Extensions, find Chrome Remote Desktop and click Remove.

Remove Chrome Remote Desktop

Step 3. In the pop-up window, click Remove to confirm your removal.  

Remove Confirm

Step 4. Open Chrome Remote Desktop download page. Click Remote Access first and then click the blue download button. The next steps on how to set up and use Chrome Remote Desktop will be omitted here.

Set Up Remote Access

Best Chrome Remote Desktop alternative: AnyViewer

Just as Chrome Remote Desktop, AnyViewer is also a free and easy remote desktop software. What’s different is that AnyViewer is designed especially for Windows. It supports multiple Windows versions. It is also worth mentioning that AnyViewer provides you with unattended remote access.

Comparison between Chrome Remote Desktop and AnyViewer

Comparison Chrome Anyviewer

From the table above we could see, AnyViewer is indeed a perfect alternative to Google Remote Desktop. Next, you’ll learn how to start remote access with AnyViewer quickly and easily.

Preparation work:

  • Connect the client computer (the controller computer) and the host computer (the controlled computer) to the Internet.
  • Download and install AnyViewer on the client computer and the host computer respectively.
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Methods 1. Send a control request

Step 1. Open AnyViewer on both computers. Then you can see your device ID.

Temporary Code

Step 2. Input the device ID of the host computer, then click Connect. There will be a pop-up window, choose Send a control request to your partner and click OK.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. Then the host computer will receive a pop-up request. Click the green button to make the connection successful.

Request to Control Your Device

Methods 2. Input security code

There are two types of security codes:

  • A permanent security code is set by you in advance.
  • A temporary security code is automatically generated and will change every time.

Step 1. On the host computer, go to Settings > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set the security code.  

Accept Remote Control

Step 2. Return to the main interface, you could see your device ID and temporary security code.

Copy the Temporary Security Code

Step 3. On the client computer, input the device ID of the host computer in the Partner ID box, and then click Connect.


Step 4. Then there will be a pop-up window, choose Input a security code, then input either the permanent security code or the temporary security code of the host computer and click OK.

Security Code

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