Dropbox App For Windows

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The Dropbox app isn't designed to run on Windows Server operating systems.

BUT if you download the Dropbox application from the Dropbox website (dropbox.com) rather than through the Windows App Store–Voila–it works like a charm. Now when you go to save a word doc, the Dropbox icon will show up in the left sidebar (along with desktop, downloads, cloud, etc.), making it easy to select and save directly to it.

However, this configuration may work if you run the Dropbox app as an application in a user account, instead of as a server service.

Dropbox App For Windows Desktop

  1. Download Dropbox for Windows to transform folders into connected workspace and keep team collaboration in sync with intelligent content solutions. Dropbox has had 12 updates within the past 6 months.
  2. The Dropbox app for 10 in S mode is similar to the mobile app. This means that it doesn't store files locally, and it can preview files stored in Dropbox when you're connected to the internet. The Dropbox desktop app though creates a folder on your hard drive which acts like any other folder on your computer, but with syncing capabilities.
  3. Dropbox app for Windows 8 is a file synchronization program that keeps all of your files synced to the cloud.
  4. If you know how to use a basic web browser, you could just type in the web address. If you're an intermediate user, you could just create your own HTML file on your desktop, theme it, put a Dropbox app wherever you want, and link it to the Dropbox website.

Important notes:

  • You can run Dropbox on a computer that is also running a server OS.
  • Dropbox runs within individual user accounts rather than as a single service that many people access. Dropbox user accounts must remain signed in on a machine for files to sync properly.
  • We recommend that only one user account accesses a given Dropbox folder, and that this folder is located on the main drive of your computer or on a drive that is physically connected to the computer.
  • Dropbox Support may not be able to assist with problems that occur when running the Dropbox app on a server OS.

Can Dropbox be shared locally on our network from our server?


Some teams attempt to share a single Dropbox folder over local network sharing so that multiple people can access the same Dropbox account. We don't recommend sharing the Dropbox folder, or any folders inside the Dropbox folder, over your local network.

If you share a Dropbox folder over your network, issues can occur because network file systems do not send messages when files change. Dropbox waits for these ‘file update events’ to sync changes. If you attempt to share a single Dropbox folder over a server, the following issues can occur:

  • Permission issues
  • Files stuck in sync
  • Extended sync times

How can I make sure that my files stay on my server for backup purposes?

Some teams want to keep a copy of their files on a local server, in addition to in Dropbox, for secondary backup and to access files offline.

By default, all of the files you put in Dropbox are synced online and remain on your local hard drive (unless you decide to use selective sync). This means that you can access your files from your local drive even if you're offline. Once uploaded to Dropbox, your files and any subsequent edits to your files are backed up as long as the application is running. The time frame for recovering edits and deleted files depends on the account type. For more information please visit this article.

Note: For information about migrating data from a server, including setting up the folder structure and options for space management, visit this article.

Having hit another strong writing phase, I decided to treat myself to a Surface Pro 3 (see below for my purchasing recommendations). And since I use Dropbox for all my files, imagine my disappointment to find that the Dropbox app isn’t really integrated on the Surface tablets.

But I found a really simple solution. For those of you frustrated with not being able to save directly to Dropbox, here’s how to do it:

Here’s how to get Dropbox to work with Microsoft Surface tablets

Since Dropbox is such a huge player in cloud storage, you’d think either they or Microsoft or both would have integrated the Dropbox app so that you would be able to both sync and save files directly to it from the desktop. Not so if you’ve downloaded the Dropbox app from the Windows Store.

The app works as a stand-alone product, so while you can access all your files, if you try to edit them, you won’t be able to save them directly back to Dropbox. Weird. I know. If I’m being kind, I’m thinking the app developer was smoking a little too much weed that day…

BUT if you download the Dropbox application from the Dropbox website (dropbox.com) rather than through the Windows App Store–Voila–it works like a charm.

Dropbox App For Windows

Now when you go to save a word doc, the Dropbox icon will show up in the left sidebar (along with desktop, downloads, cloud, etc.), making it easy to select and save directly to it.

Dropbox App For Windows 8

Now for a very quick, short review on Surface Pro 3

I wanted something highly portable and light, that would work as a tablet and a laptop. This fits the bill nicely. While this isn’t specifically a review of the Surface Pro, if you are thinking of getting one, definitely go for the Pro 3 with as much memory as you can afford for two reasons:

  1. The Pro 3 has a much better processor and you’ll definitely appreciate the extra inch on both the screen and the keyboard. You can actually type on this thing without knotting your fingers into a ball because the keys are full sized. Very nice indeed!
  2. In order to set up Dropbox directly from the download, depending on how much you keep in your Dropbox, you could blow through your total storage space if it’s huge. So you’ll want to have enough memory to handle keeping everything in Dropbox without slowing everything else down to a crawl.

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