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Disable automatic updates

Mike G.
New member | Level 1

How can I prevent dropbox from automatically updating itself? The new dropbox 3 has a very anti-windows-7 UI that I don't like, so I reinstalled 2.10. How do I stop dropbox from continually installing v3?

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Re: Disable automatic updates

Tom_H
Super User alumni

You cannot disable updates.

Re: Disable automatic updates

James B.2
Helpful | Level 5

The interface (indeed, very much inferior) is the least of the problems caused by this forced downgrade. There MUST be a way to defeat updating. May be worth experimenting with permissions in the Dropbox executable folder or discovering how it connects to download the new software. Maybe possible to block it on the firewall. Anyone any ideas?

Re: Disable automatic updates

Mike G.
New member | Level 1

I've been holding it off by blocking dropbox's access to *.sjc.dropbox.com but its a very manual process since my firewall doesn't support wildcard domain blocking. At this point I'm just about ready to uninstall dropbox and switch to google drive, since it seems to have all the same features with a native windows UI.

Re: Disable automatic updates

James B.2
Helpful | Level 5

@Mike Thanks Mike 🙂 I will experiment with this. I am surprised that Dropbox implement uncontrolled updating at all. It is a very unprofessional approach, and is, of course, unacceptable in many commercial environments where any software change must be validated. In this case, version 3 is not an improvement, if only for the rubbish right-click behaviour and the icon. Thanks again 🙂 James

Re: Disable automatic updates

Neil W.1
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Anyone found an answer to preventing updates? Both my computers have non sse2 cpu's. I appreciate that dropbox would probably want their software to run the best they can but forcing an update that won't work on types of pc's that can't handle it seems crazy (still many systems in circulation) If you can't disable the updates, it looks like it's time to try a new cloud provider until I can afford to upgrade my machines.

Re: Disable automatic updates

Mike G.
New member | Level 1

Aside from playing games with its 2000 connections, no. I gave up on it and switched to google drive. It has pretty much the same feature set and updates can be disabled by disabling the google update process. It's still not an option in the program but at least there is a sane way to stop updates if I wish, unlike dropbox.

Re: Disable automatic updates

Marek M.2
New member | Level 1

I want disable auto upgrade too, because V3 don't work on my old Windows XP, last version which work correctly is 2.10.52. But unsuccessfully tries upgrade to v3 still and cause CPU load...

Re: Disable automatic updates

Marc A.12
New member | Level 1

Hey,
Yes! Disable this auto update, now!!!!!
I am using a screen reader and it crashes with all of the builds in the 3.x series, so I can't use it, every time it updates I have to run the installer again, and that is not fun at all.
I also had a very very long discussion with the support about fixing this problem, but nothing has been done!
I hope we can do something.
Regards,
Marc

Re: Disable automatic updates

Martin B.24
New member | Level 1

Dropbox just updated itself from 2.10 to 3.2 which was immediately apparent from the awful icons. Apart from the fact I don't like 3.2 I find it unacceptable that the Dropbox droid determines that it is going to update software on my machine without my permission, not even Microsoft is so arrogant. So its bye-bye nanny Dropbox as soon as I can arrange a more proffessional alternative. My first and sadly last comment...

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