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Couldn't start Dropbox - permissions error - Windows 10 update created user.000 folder

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Couldn't start dropbox.

This is usually because of a permissions error. 

Recent Windows 10 update renamed C:/Users/Chris to C:/Users/Chris.000 and created empty C:/Users/Chris. 

Dropbox is looking for C:/Users/Chris/Dropbox which does not exist. Do I need to do an advanced reinstall? 

Log file extract:

cwd: 'C:\\WINDOWS\\system32'
real_path='C:\\WINDOWS\\system32'
mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0
parent mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0
HOME: None
appdata: 'C:\\Users\\Chris\\AppData\\Local\\Dropbox\\instance1'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris\\AppData\\Local\\Dropbox\\instance1'
not found
parent not found
dropbox_path: 'C:\\Users\\Chris\\Dropbox'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris\\Dropbox'
not found
parent mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0
sys_executable: 'C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\AppData\\Roaming\\Dropbox\\bin\\Dropbox.exe'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\AppData\\Roaming\\Dropbox\\bin\\Dropbox.exe'
mode=0o100777 uid=0 gid=0
parent mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0

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Re: Couldn't start Dropbox - permissions error - Windows 10 update created user.000 folder

Dropboxer

Hey there @ChrisJS

I'm afraid the complete error message isn't included in your post so I'm not able to troubleshoot accordingly. 

For this reason, please post the rest of the error string and I'll make sure to get back to you as soon as possible. 

Thanks in advance!


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Re: Couldn't start Dropbox - permissions error - Windows 10 update created user.000 folder

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Hi @Lusil 

The error message when I open Dropbox under Windows 10 is

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The file linked from this error is 

bn.BUILD_KEY: Dropbox
bn.VERSION: 78.4.119
bn.DROPBOXEXT_VERSION: 27.0
bn.is_frozen: True
machine_id: ****************************************
pid: 2476
cwd: 'C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\Desktop'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\Desktop'
mode=0o40555 uid=0 gid=0
parent mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0
HOME: None
appdata: 'C:\\Users\\Chris\\AppData\\Local\\Dropbox\\instance1'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris\\AppData\\Local\\Dropbox\\instance1'
not found
parent not found
dropbox_path: 'C:\\Users\\Chris\\Dropbox'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris\\Dropbox'
not found
parent mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0
sys_executable: 'C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\AppData\\Roaming\\Dropbox\\bin\\Dropbox.exe'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\AppData\\Roaming\\Dropbox\\bin\\Dropbox.exe'
mode=0o100777 uid=0 gid=0
parent mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0
trace.__file__: 'C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\AppData\\Roaming\\Dropbox\\bin\\78.4.119\\python-packages-37.zip\\dropbox\\client\\ui\\common\\boot_error.pyc'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\AppData\\Roaming\\Dropbox\\bin\\78.4.119\\python-packages-37.zip\\dropbox\\client\\ui\\common\\boot_error.pyc'
not found
parent not found
TMP: C:\Users\Chris.000\AppData\Local\Temp
TEMP: C:\Users\Chris.000\AppData\Local\Temp
tempdir: 'C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\AppData\\Local\\Temp'
real_path='C:\\Users\\Chris.000\\AppData\\Local\\Temp'
mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0
parent mode=0o40777 uid=0 gid=0
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "dropbox\client\main.pyc", line 7212, in main_startup
File "dropbox\client\main.pyc", line 2987, in run
File "dropbox\client\main.pyc", line 1662, in startup_low
File "dropbox\client\main.pyc", line 1212, in safe_makedirs
File "dropbox\overrides.pyc", line 212, in makedirs
File "dropbox\overrides.pyc", line 225, in makedirs
PermissionError: [WinError 5] Access is denied: 'C:\\Users\\Chris\\AppData\\Local\\Dropbox'

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Re: Couldn't start Dropbox - permissions error - Windows 10 update created user.000 folder

Dropboxer

Thanks for providing me with the the screenshots and the error message, @ChrisJS - much appreciated!

The first step I'd recommend trying is rebooting your device - maybe that will do the trick.

If not, please check if there is an antivirus or security software on your computer that's be blocking Dropbox from completing the startup process.

You can check this by following the steps below:

  1. Temporarily disable any antivirus or security programs on your computer.
  2. Reinstall the desktop app.

Let me know how it goes!


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Re: Couldn't start Dropbox - permissions error - Windows 10 update created user.000 folder

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Hi @Lusil 

Thanks for the advice. I had rebooted multiple times. Virus check was switched off (another consequence of the Windows update perhaps). I uninstalled and reinstalled Dropbox and it defaulted to the correct folder C:\Users\Chris.000\Dropbox.

So it now opens OK on Windows - Great.

Unfortunately it is not syncing with the cloud.

I created a new file on my tablet.

Logging into dropbox from Chrome I can see the new file. It does not appear in the Dropbox folder in Windows.

If I edit an existing file on Windows - it does not change in the Cloud. 

 

 

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Re: Couldn't start Dropbox - permissions error - Windows 10 update created user.000 folder

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Hi 

Another reboot and the test file has appeared on my PC

Thanks for your help

Chris

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Re: Couldn't start Dropbox - permissions error - Windows 10 update created user.000 folder

Dropboxer

That's great to hear, @ChrisJS

If you have any other questions in the future, don't hesitate to give us a nudge. In the meantime, have a wonderful day ahead! 


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