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Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

Jerald E.
New member | Level 2

Some of my computers have two startup entries for dropbox.  If you open Task Manager - Startup, there are two things using PC resources at startup.  The first one appears as "Dropbox (3)."  That is the one I am used to seeing, which should run at Startup.  But the other is "Dropbox Update (4)." Why is this second thing in my PC startup?  I have the same Dropbox installed on several computers.  None of the desktop computers have this "Dropbox Update" running in the computer startup processes.  But all three of my laptop computers have both Dropbox entries running at startup.  Why?  I would like to eliminate unnecessary startup processes to help computer performance.  Why would laptops have this extra startup for Dropbox Update?

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Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

gaspeer
Helpful | Level 6

I received this support response to my support ticket last month. I didn't think to post it here, although I think I alerted the support person who sent me this answer of this forum discussion and thought he might share this information. Short answer to these questions regarding multiple Dropbox instances -- it's normal. Longer answer, I will cut and paste this information from Dropbox support:

 

Frank, Aug 8, 6:54 AM PDT:

Hi Garold,

Thank you for contacting Dropbox!

I can confirm that it is expected to see multiple Dropbox processes in task manager when Dropbox is running. The Dropbox application needs these additional components to monitor that everything is running correctly and that the desktop application is always healthy and up to date. The additional processes should consume a negligible amount of CPU and memory resources. If they are causing any performance issues on your computer please let me know.

Thank you for reaching out with this query, I hope this helps.

Regards,
Frank

 

Hope that support info will be helpful to others finding this discussion!

Gary

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Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

DanaB
New member | Level 2

My HP Pavilion laptop running windows 8.1 appears to be running 4 instances of "Dropbox Update" upon startup. What's going on?

Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

Jodi S.3
Explorer | Level 4

Mine shows 3 instances of Dropbox but no Dropbox Updates. My husband's shows 2 instances of Dropbox and 3 updates. Have you figured out why this is? 

Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

Sanchez
Dropboxer
Hi all,
 
We would like to take a closer look at this. If you don’t mind, please write in to us here http://bit.ly/2iahyK0 so an agent can get some more information from you, and pass this issue on to our team for investigation. 
 
Thanks!

Sanchez
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

Matt21
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I'd like to jump in on this if I still can.  I've got three instances of Dropbox listed in the Startup tab of my Task Manager (Windows 10, 64 bit), and my system is slow to start.  I'd love to find a way to speed it up!

Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

troyerj
Explorer | Level 4

Jumping in here as well - I have three showing up.  I followed the link above and submitted a help request but wanted to get on this thread for follow-up posts

Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

Jane
Dropboxer

Hey @troyerj

 

Welcome aboard, let's work on that together!

 

I’ve located your open support ticket and my colleague has been awaiting your email back so that you troubleshoot together. At your convenience, could you check your inbox for their message and let me know if you have any issues locating the reply, so that I make sure that you receive it again. 
 
I hope this gets resolved soon, wishing you a great weekend ahead! 
 
Warm regards, 
JaneA

 


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Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

marsman82
New member | Level 2

Same problem here. Can you help me out?

Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

Sanchez
Dropboxer
Hey everyone, 

We’ll keep this thread open for future updates, but I urge you to submit a support ticket so that our team can continue to investigate this issue. 

Thanks in advance! 

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Re: Dropbox has two entries in my PC Startup - Why?

troyerj
Explorer | Level 4

Done!  Thanks for the fast response!

 

 

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