How to Run Multiple Instances of Dropbox in Windows 7 and Vista

Here is a How-to guide to run multiple instances of Dropbox on Windows Systems. We assume that you are already running Dropbox in your windows. If not then install Dropbox in your Windows. Here we shall discuss about how can you use multiple Dropbox instances in Windows 7 and Vista.

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Run Multiple Instances of Dropbox on Windows 7 or Vista

All you need to run multiple instances is to must have atleast two user accounts in your Windows 7 or Vista. Firstly, we’ll show how to create another user account (if you already have then skip this part).

Create User Account in Windows 7 or Vista

1. Go to Control panel > Add or remove user accounts.

2. Now click on the “Create a new account” option. Give a name of your account, say Dropbox-2. Also set the password for your account. Once you are done, just close the control panel window.

Note: It is not mandatory that the new account must have the administrative privilege. But for the convenient of use, you should make that an administrator as the User Group Policy can block your Dropbox installation files.

Install and configure Dropbox from the new user account

1. Log off from your primary account and log-in by the newly created account (Dropbox-2). Create a new folder in root drive (generally C:).

2. Download and install Dropbox. Choose the recently created folder as your Dropbox folder.

After successful completion of Dropbox installation log-out from your current user account (currently Dropbox-2).

3. Again log-in to your primary user account and navigate to the following path at Windows explorer

 [Root Drive Letter]:UsersUSERNAME(2nd)AppDataRoamingDropboxbin 

My second user account name is Dropbox-2 and the root drive is C: so the the path for me is

C:UsersDropbox-2AppDataRoamingDropboxbin

4. In this folder you can find the executive file Dropbox.exe. Right-click on it and select Send to > Desktop (Create shortcut). This will create a shortcut on your desktop.

5. Right-click on the shortcut icon and select “Properties” > go to “Shortcut tab” in the “Properties” dialogue box. Now in the target field append the following command following by a single space before the line:

runas /user:2nd_username

The command for me looks like

 runas /user:Dropbox-2 C:UsersDropbox-2AppDataRoamingDropboxbinDropbox.exe 

6. Now click on “Apply” to save the changes.

To run the second instance of Dropbox just double click on the recently created shortcut icon. It will ask you to enter the password for the 2nd user.

Put that password and enjoy using of two Dropbox instances.

Dropbox allows registration of any number of accounts with different email ID. But you can use maximum 2 GB space in Dropbox Dropbox account. So you can create multiple numbers of user accounts in your Windows 7 or Vista and run different Dropbox instances in each account to overcome the limitation.

Our intention is not to inspire you for using more space than Dropbox provides. Dropbox is a great service and they provide 2 GB space at free of cost. They also have another scheme for those who want to use more space (50 GB/100GB). But the service is paid. So we recommend to be honest with Dropbox and pay the value for using the great service.

Update: There is another tutorial Easiest Way To Run Multiple Instances of Dropbox in Windows 7 which is more advanced and quick method.

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Comments

  1. Shabnam Sultan :

    Nice tutorial :) you have made it seem so easy.

  2. Sathish @ TechieMania :

    Well, you are writing some amazing tutorials here. Thanks for sharing

  3. Tanmay :

    Thanks Sathis. I am glad that you liked the tutorials. Can you suggest me for more?

  4. Global Cynic :

    Awesome tutorial, I have looked at many sites for these instructions and yours is the best. Since I cant improve on it, let me show you a way to do this for many accounts and to fix the problem of having to type your password each time. If you are adding multiple accounts I have written instructions on my blog on how to do this. If your just doing it once, this tutorial is the right one to read.

  5. Tanmay :

    @GlobalCynic: Thanks for commenting here. I will take a look at your instructions some time.

  6. Tech18 :

    Nice tutorial :) Learnt something new today :) Thanks buddy :)

  7. Tanmay :

    @Tech 18: Glad that you like this tutorial.

  8. whitesurfer :

    I’ve tried this tutorial running windows 7 ultimate 64bit got no luck.. It didn’t work.. I can’t view the file/folder in my other account… even if the 2nd DB icon appear in my taskbar.

  9. Steven :

    When it asks for the password. I cannot type anything. Any ideas?

  10. murat :

    This is not working. But I found an other way which does work.
    http://www.bustatech.com/run-multiple-dropbox-on-your-pc-at-the-same-time/
    Enjoy!

  11. bonanza :

    Not as easy as this one: http://opensourcepack.blogspot.com/2010/05/multiple-dropbox-do-it-yourself.html

    No fuss, not password, not actual users, it just works

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