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Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

keithswd
Helpful | Level 6

Following a full re-install of my Windows Home Server 2011, I re-installed Dropbox.  I have never had an issue installing Dropbox on any platform, but now the installation hangs at the 'Set Up Dropbox', the window is blank.

I have uninstalled and reinstalled several times, exactly the same thing happens.

 

Any suggestions?

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Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

Mark
Super User II

I'm afraid Home Server isnt a supported Dropbox OS (nor has it ever been actually).

You can see minimum requirements at https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/system-requirements, but, a workaround may be to download an older install EXE from https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Beta-testers/ct-p/101003000 (often those in the 15.x branch are a good one to use)


 


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Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

keithswd
Helpful | Level 6

Found my solution:

Close Dropbox.

Get properties of Start Menu Dropbox link, go to Compatability and set it to Windows 2000

Start Dropbox, link account etc. Close Dropbox

Reset compatability.

 

Bingo

 

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Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

Mark
Super User II

I'm afraid Home Server isnt a supported Dropbox OS (nor has it ever been actually).

You can see minimum requirements at https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/system-requirements, but, a workaround may be to download an older install EXE from https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Beta-testers/ct-p/101003000 (often those in the 15.x branch are a good one to use)


 


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Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

keithswd
Helpful | Level 6

Really? I am amazed, it is only Windows Server 2008 at the core. I have never had any issue with Dropbox on this platform before, and have it installed on two WHS2011 boxes.

Thank you for the link, but searching that forum for "stable build 15." yields no results. There is a beta build 15.3 which I will try, but from other posts I have now seen, when these old builds are installed it seems they will not auto-update?

Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

Rich
Super User II
No server operating system has ever been officially supported. Something has changed, either in the Dropbox client or with an OS update, that now prevent it from working properly.

In the earlier days of this issue, the 15.x client would work because they were still supported, but now that they aren't, you'll likely just get a message that the client is too old and to update it.

Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

keithswd
Helpful | Level 6

OK, I understand it's not a supported platform now, as I never had any problem before it never occured to me that it would be. I have the latest version of Dropbox on my other WHS, it works perfectly, I suppose it has updated itself from a 15 or earlier version. It seems it is just the installation process which is the problem.

 

I managed to find 15.4 client installer so I will try installing it tonight...

Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

Jane
Dropboxer

Hey keithswd

 

Thanks for getting in touch with the Dropbox Community!
 
As @Rich and @Mark mentioned before, the these are the currently supported operating systems, though we're here to help as much as possible. Just to reference, could you please reply to me with a screenshot (omitting personal info) of what you're seeing?
 
Furthermore, could you ensure that these steps are followed for the configuration of your firewall and that the domains listed here are allowed? I 'd rather suggest that you tried to re-install the full offline installer and see if this helps you resolve the issue. 
 
If this persists, please reply to me here with this screenshot, so that look into that further. 
 
Kind regards, 
JaneA
 
 

 


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Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

keithswd
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Hi Jane, I could do that this evening, but I can describe exactly what happens. The installation completes and the window opens into which normally you would put your login credentials. However this window is blank (black). I can close the window and then click on the Dropbox icon in the notification area, when I get a window telling me that Dropbox is waiting to be linked to an account. If I click the link to do that, I get the blank window back. I have tried offline installer builds with the same result - it is immediately after the installation that the process hangs.

I don't think that firewalls/domains etc. are involved as before I was forced to format my hard drive re-install the server OS, I had the latest version of Dropbox running perfectly on this system.

thank you very much for your interest

Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

keithswd
Helpful | Level 6

I tried the 15.4 installer, it ran normally and presented me with a window to enter my username/password. But refused to log me in because the version of Dropbox was too old. I tried installing a newer version over the top, without uninstalling the old, but now I am back to the blank 'Set up Dropbox' screen again.

 

Checking in the Event Viewer, I can see these errors (in sequence):

 

Event ID 7000: The DbxSvc service failed to start due to the following error: The system cannot find the file specified.

 

Event ID 320: The description for Event ID 320 from source DbxSvc cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.

 

Event ID 282: Certificate mismatch for file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\Client_25.4.28\Dropbox.exe

 

Event ID 293: Failed to validate client process executable is signed: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\Client_25.4.28\Dropbox.exe

 

 

 

Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

keithswd
Helpful | Level 6

Found my solution:

Close Dropbox.

Get properties of Start Menu Dropbox link, go to Compatability and set it to Windows 2000

Start Dropbox, link account etc. Close Dropbox

Reset compatability.

 

Bingo

 

Re: Dropbox install hangs on Set Up Dropbox

William14
New member | Level 2

How do I "Get properties of Start Menu Dropbox link"?

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