Couldn’t start Dropbox Error

On almost all  our work PC’s we sooner or later got this message:

Couldn't start Dropbox.
This is usually because of a permissions error. Storing your home folder on a network share can also cause an error.

Looks like some Adobe applications and Dropbox don’t like each other. So far no real fix in sight. The suggested solution works for a few days and then: Error again.

But there is an easy workaround. You need to start Dropbox as the Administrator. Unfortunately just changing the shortcut does not work. Because Apps in the AutoStart menu are not executed with the Administrator privilege.

But if you start Dropbox with the Task Scheduler it works. Here is how to do that:

Start “Task Scheduler” or “Aufgabenplanung” for ze Germans.TaskScheduler

Right click on “Task Scheduler Library” and create a basic task.


Name it: “Start Dropbox”


For the Trigger, choose “When I log on”.


Choose “Start a program”


Program/script: C:\Users\<<Username>>\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe

Add arguments: /home

Start in: C:\Users\<<Username>>\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin


If you don’t know the path or your username, you can get it out of the Dropbox Shortcut. Right click and press “Properties”.

After that, press Next.


On the final screen, select “Open the Properties dialog”


Here, select “Run with the highest privileges”. This is important, otherwise Dropbox will start normal and you still have the same issue.

The last step is to disable the autostart in Dropbox itself (because we are starting it now)


Just go into the Dropbox preferences and deselect “Start Dropbox on system startup”.

Thats it. Have fun with Dropbox!



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2 Kommentare zu “Couldn’t start Dropbox Error”

  • ilak am 11. December 2014 3:39 am Uhr

    Thanks a lot, dude!!

  • jade am 21. April 2015 5:32 pm Uhr

    Awesome fix! Thank you!!

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