Use multiple Dropbox accounts on the same computer

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22 responses to “Use multiple Dropbox accounts on the same computer

  1. Paul


    What a fantastic, well-written guide. This is just what I needed to do. You’re a star!

  2. Abdelkarim

    Thanks it was helpful.

  3. Caroli

    I have a problem: when it ask for password I cannot put any password. It seams as the keyboard is deactivated. What should I do?

  4. Caroli

    Hi, when it ask me for password is not letting me type any password it seams as the keyboard deactivated. What should I do?

  5. Nitansh

    Hey, I have completed all the given steps, still neither the dropbox for second account is appearing on the system tray nor the files in the dropbox folder are getting updated.. Kindly help in solving the issue.

    • Are you sure you followed the instructions exactly. Please try them again. My setup still works on the 3 machines I own so I’m assuming Dropbox has not changed anything that breaks this workaround.

  6. rachelle

    same here i am experiencing that when i click the shortcut with the runas, it prompts for a password(cmd box) but i cannot seem to type in it. how to resolve it?

  7. shinellie

    Hi 🙂
    It worked great for me!

    But what if in the future you need to delete the second, newly created dropbox? How would you go about that?

    Also, can this step be repeated to make more than two?

    Thank you!

    • Hi,

      Yes, these steps can be repeated as many times as you’d like.
      To delete the newly created dropboxes, you’d simply need to change value of the UserList registry key that was created to “1”, then delete the account including the files. Deletion of the account can be done from the User Accounts applet in the Control Panel.

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  9. Aesux

    Thanks for that post.
    Perhaps it could be better without password prompt, it could be done with CPAU ( an alternative RunAs command line with more options

    c:\cpau\cpau.exe -u UserName -p Password -ex ProcessName

  10. Sam

    Cool. Works like a charm. Thanks a lot. Also, appreciate the detailed instructions.
    BTW, I am just wondering if I have to UNDO the disappearing of the dropbox.svc windows logon, do I have to remove the regedit entries? Please advise.

    • Hey Sam,
      I’m glad you found this useful. 🙂
      To answer your question, you can make it appear again by either deleting the dropbox.svc value that was created in the UserList key or changing the “Value Data” to “1” without the quotes.

  11. Stan G. Duncan

    This is a great post. I did it a couple of years go and it worked fine. I’m wondering today if you have thoughts about adapting this for SkyDrive (now “One Drive”)? I always had two skydrive accounts, but now Windows 8.1 won’t allow me to open them on my desktop. Any suggestions? If anyone could figure it out, you could,

  12. Kenneth Lam

    Looking forward to have someone found a similar method for OneDrive

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