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Can't get Google Drive and Dropbox to autostart

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    Can't get Google Drive and Dropbox to autostart


    Everything worked fine on Windows 7, but not anymore.

    Both Google Drive and Dropbox are set to autostart with Windows, but they don't. I even tried adding Drive shortcut to startup folder, but to no avail. I can start Drive manually though.

    And Dropbox has another issue - I couldn't install it as "normal" admin account, so I had to run the setup as administrator (elevated), but Dropbox setup clearly stated "Dropbox will not work correctly if installed using "run as administrator command". However, I had not choice, since normal install didn't work. Now I can also run Dropbox manually, but only with "run as admin" command.

    This whole admin and elevated rights issue with Windows 8 is a bit of a nightmare. Half of the installations don't work with normal rights.

    Basically, what I want is both Google Drive and Dropbox to autostart with Windows and function properly.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    OK, I guess I just fixed it myself by giving my user full elevated rights. Both Drive and Dropbox started normally after reboot.
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  3. #3


    New York, USA
    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600)


    You could also check your start up folder and start up programs. Press start and r at the same time, delete anything there then type
    Code:
    shell:startup
    . You can place links to the programs you want to launch on startup there. After that right click your taskbar and click task manager. Then find the "startup" tab. This is where programs that will launch on startup are controlled. If your program is not launching on startup, find it in the list, click it, then click "Enable" in the bottom right corner of task manager.
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  4. #4


    I don't use Dropbox, but Google Drive app on my Surface Pro 1, Windows 8.1.1, screwed up my windows update, removed it, and use Firefox to access Google drive now, no more problems.
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