Friday, September 20, 2013

How to get Dropbox to run outside of a roaming profile on Windows 7

1 - Create an appropriate directory on the C: drive to contain the Dropbox executable files:

md  "C:\Program Files (x86)\DropBox"

2 - Make a file junction to redirect the directory that Dropbox will create in your roaming profile, to the directory that you just created on the C: drive.:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming> mklink  /J  DropBox  "C:\Program Files (x86)\DropBox"

2 - Execute a silent install of the Dropbox installer and set the installation path to the above directory:

Dropbox X.X.X.exe   /S   /D=C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox

3 - Sign in to your Dropbox account and enjoy.


Dave Hendley said...

Unfortunately this does not work. When it comes to signing in it just closes the dropbox window, as it does without the symlink.

Eric Welin said...

I too just tried this and I get a permission error :-(

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