Evertime I open google drive I get the following error msg. I tried copying and pasting the dll file into system32 and sysWOW64. But the problem still persists. 1

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    looks like googleDrive uses pyInstaller, interestinng.
    – Naib
    Nov 2, 2013 at 23:13
  • And in case anyone is wondering: Don’t even think about copying this DLL anywhere. It does not belong in the Windows folder.
    – Daniel B
    Mar 19, 2016 at 19:50

5 Answers 5


May be a problem related to permissions (look for System Error Codes). Try the following.

  1. Open the Windows Explorer.
  2. Paste this(%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\) in address bar.
  3. Right click on folder Temp then Properties - Security tab - Advanced button.
  4. Click on button Change Permissions.
  5. Remove all permissions.
  6. Select the entry for your user name and click Edit.
    • Include inheritable permissions from this object's parent.
    • Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object.
  7. Click OK.

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One fix is to set GoogleDriveSync.exe (generally located in : C:\Program Files\Google\Drive) in compatibility mode :

  • Right-click on the executable -> Properties -> Compatiblity -> Run this program in compatibility mode for : Windows 7 (I assume you're running Windows 8, otherwise try setting an older OS version)

For windows 8 system, follow the steps bellow:

  1. Open the Windows Explorer.
  2. Paste this(%UserProfile%\AppData\Local) in address bar.
  3. Right click on folder Temp then Properties - Security tab - Advanced button.
  4. Click in Everyone, Mark Change Permission and later click Edit
  5. Mark all permissions
  6. Press Ok (continue) in all windows questions.

The option Run as administrator worked for me. (I'm using windows 8.1)

  • This worked for me. Plus, to avoid doing this every time, right click it > Properties > Compatibility > Check Run as administrator
    – Alaa M.
    Feb 3, 2018 at 15:52

On Windows 10, going to %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\ and deleting the Temp directory entirely, and then recreating it, fixed the error and allowed Google Drive to start up and sync normally.

This is a crude solution, but it worked, unlike the accepted answer, which got permission denied, even as admin. It may need to be updated for Windows 10.

  • Did not work ! I am running windows 10 anniversary. Only running the software as administrator works. And this is not the only application I have with issues on opening. Dec 2, 2016 at 19:46

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