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I try to stop dropbox from running on windows 7 start up.

I went to dropbox configuration and opt this option out. pressed apply.

looked in cmd "msconfig" and this service wasn't there.

but yet it comes up everytime i run windows

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Something is starting it. Disable everything except what you need to boot the system to determine what needs to stay disabled. – Ramhound Aug 22 '13 at 18:20
    
there are lots of processes on msconfig. but all by "microsoft" as the "vendor" column says. Isn't there an easier way? – Elad Benda Aug 22 '13 at 18:24
    
Is the DropBox program in your StartUp folder by chance? Location: "C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" – Josh Aug 22 '13 at 20:28
    
@JoshR nop..it's empty – Elad Benda Aug 26 '13 at 5:12

Nowadays, there is a entry in the "Preferences" section, where you can control this:

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Another option is to use Starter, a Windows startup manager ... however, as noted above, the application (dropbox.exe) will re-add it on exit.

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Try this way:

  1. Go to the Control Panel
  2. Select Autoplay
  3. Check if Dropbox is selected for Removable drive or Camera storage
  4. In this case remove it and Save.
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Dropbox starts via shortcut in startup folder

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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remove the Dropbox.lnk here.

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Nop. it's empty – Elad Benda Aug 26 '13 at 5:11
    
for me it is there. Reinstall Dropbox and look if you now have the lnk file. – magicandre1981 Aug 26 '13 at 18:13
    
Dropbox will re-add the link on each quit unless you use Markus' solution (uncheck 'Start Dropbox on system startup'). – SF. Mar 6 '15 at 8:41

I had to delete the DropBox folder from C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming to stop this madness.

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