Dropbox is ending support for Windows XP computers today, August 29th 2016.
Dropbox clients on Windows XP systems will no longer sync any data to or from the Dropbox servers, so you need to be aware that any changes you make to files within a Dropbox folder on a Windows XP computer will NOT appear in your Dropbox account online or on other computers linked to your account. Similarly, changes made via the website or other computers will not be synced to a Windows XP based computer.
You can still access your Dropbox folder via the website ( www.dropbox.com ) or via other computers running a supported operating system (Windows Vista or above, Mac OSX 10.6.8 or above, or various mobile devices).
I have an XP system. Now that I can't use dropbox on my desktop, should I remove it from my computer and still access dropbox using dropbox.com?
I am a teacher. We often have OLD computer equipment. I have 26 Windows XP computers in my classroom. You just made A LOT of extra daily work for me. I loved having Dropbox do all the work of synchronizing the files. Now I have to do it myself. I love Dropbox, but this makes me very sad and angry because it will be so much more work. I already spend hundreds of dollars on different programs for my classroom. I can't just go out and spend God knows how many thousands of dollars on Windows 7 for these computers and the District hasn't upgraded these computers in many years. 😞
I will look into Box - thanks for the lead, Rick M.
I have many computer clients still using XP perfectly, knowing they cannot get MS support, but functioning quite nicely. The difference between MS dropping support (cited as a reason by DB) and DB dropping support, is that MS still allows uses to USE their software/it functions - they just can't call for support. DB restricted access starting today for functionality that worked FINE on XP yesterday - what DB has done is lazy. Great product, but someone made a really poor business decision.
I am bailing, and when I find something that works with all OSs, I will migrate all my clients, not just those on XP. I told this to DB months ago, but they did not care. I feel bad for people like Jim P, but I think we are shouting into a bucket. It at least feels good to say how I feel here , but I have to tell everyone I recommended DB to that it was not a good product after all.
Like another user said, next they will restrict Vista, then Windows 7, so cut your losses and find something with more client flexibility now. I intend to post this on epinions and comparison sites, to give others the heads up that unless you are in on the latest Win OSs, don't bother wasting your time.
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