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

  • Something is starting it. Disable everything except what you need to boot the system to determine what needs to stay disabled.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 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
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 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
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 20:28
  • @JoshR nop..it's empty
    – Elad Benda
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 5:12

4 Answers 4


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.

  • As the OP correctly noted, this option does nothing and does not solve the problem. Dropbox resists all ways to get rid of it that I know of (except maybe complete uninstall, I did not try this yet). Commented Mar 9, 2018 at 19:04
  • Well... probably this option only prevents from Dropbox welcome screen annoyance. But Dropbox is still running in the tray. Commented Mar 9, 2018 at 19:25

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.

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
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 5:11
  • for me it is there. Reinstall Dropbox and look if you now have the lnk file. Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 18:13
  • Dropbox will re-add the link on each quit unless you use Markus' solution (uncheck 'Start Dropbox on system startup').
    – SF.
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 8:41

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

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