Dropbox doesn't launch on windows startup

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  1. Alaa

    Alaa Member

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    I'm not sure this is the right place for this but i'll give it a shot.

    I also posted this here 3 months ago but i got no answers, and seems like other people are having the same issue.

    A while ago everything was fine, but suddenly Dropbox stopped launching when i restart the computer, unless i start it manually (from C:\Users\myuser\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe).
    Note that in Task Manager it's set to run at startup (however, "status impact" says: Not measured).
    Also, in Dropbox preferences, the option "Start Dropbox on system startup" is checked.
    Again, it just suddenly stopped launching (i don't think i installed/uninstalled something).

    * I'm using Windows 8

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. whs

    whs Extraordinary Member

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    Put a shortcut into the startup folder. That folder you can access when you type shell:startup into the start/search field. Then hit Enter.
     
  3. Alaa

    Alaa Member

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    @whs
    I navigated to shell:startup and found that there's already a Dropbox shortcut there. And its "target" is:

    C:\Users\MyUser\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe /systemstartup
     
  4. Alaa

    Alaa Member

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    @bassfisher6522
    3 and 4 are for Ubuntu users, so they're not relevant for me (i'm using Windows 8)
    1 - Didn't work (tried both disabling my antivirus (Kaspersky Internet Security) and the suggested cmd commands (the operation completed successfully by it didn't solve the problem)
    2 - Here it suggests using Windows Task Scheduler (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler) and creating a task at startup. I created a task (launching Dropbox.exe), checked the "configure for Windows 8" option, and let the "attempts times" be 3, and even this didn't help.
     
  5. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    Have you tried reinstalling Dropbox?
    That may get things back to the default settings.

    https://www.dropbox.com/downloading

    I'm running Windows 8 and Dropbox starts with no problems.

    Mike
     
  6. Alaa

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    Didn't work...

    Note: i reinstalled without uninstalling. I'm trying to avoid uninstall because then it would take time to sync all my files back
     

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