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.