Run Dropbox as Service on Windows 2008 Win 7

– Remote desktop to your server (e.g.: with username = YourUserLockeVN)

– On server, download dropbox.exe to C:\
– Start command prompt (with “YourUserLockeVN” please, the idea is dropbox will be installed under this account credential and its role/right)
– Install dropbox by command prompt:

"C:\dropbox.exe" /D=C:\Program Files\Dropbox

– Run through DropBox setup, login to dropbox, use advanced install, determine local folder for sync, …
– (very important) Start Dropbox, Preferences -> uncheck “Show desktop notifications” and “Start Dropbox on system startup
– Exit dropbox (right click tray icon, Exit)
– Check StartMenu/Startup folder, remove the Dropbox shortcut (if any)
– Download Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Files (Win2003, 2008 can use)
– Install it into your server (don’t worry about conflict, they are all M$ stuff, and they just extracts to folder)
– on command prompt, create Service by:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\instsrv" DropBoxService "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\srvany.exe"

– Start/Run, “Regedit”, go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DropBoxService

– Create KEY Parameters
– Create String value name “Application“, value C:\Program Files\Dropbox\Dropbox.exe /home
– Create String value name “AppDirectory“, value C:\Program Files\Dropbox


– Go to Administration Tools / Services -> DropBoxService -> Properties -> Log on -> Use “YourUserLockeVN
– Change the service startup type to “Automatic
– Start service

That’s fine. Now you can logoff, disconnect from the server and Dropbox still up and running, sync your file.

3 thoughts on “Run Dropbox as Service on Windows 2008 Win 7

  1. I can follow your instructions with no problem, except that I can’t understand what you mean by “Start command prompt (with “YourUserLockeVN” please)” and “Go to Administration Tools / Services -> DropBoxService -> Properties -> Log on -> Use “YourUserLockeVN“”. Do I have to create a user called “YourUserLockeVN“? Do I have to run some script called “YourUserLockeVN“? Any guidance appreciated. Thanks!!!

  2. Hi Roberto,

    I updated my post. Sorry for late reply.
    YourUserLockeVN is the account (with role/right permission) you want DropBoxService to run under.
    You should create your own user account named YourUserLockeVN if you need it seperated with your “remote control” account.
    In my case, I didn’t, I remote control with YourUserLockeVN as well.

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