How to run Multiple Instances of Dropbox at the same time in Windows 7

Jan 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Windows

Ok. I have a personal dropbox and a business dropbox account and what pain it is to have to log out of one and into another.  So for us legitimate users with multiple accounts that aren’t trying to take advantage of the system, how can we simplify our life and run both of our accounts at once?  Well the answer is pretty easy and should only take you 5-10 minutes to setup man.



1. Go to “Control Panel ->Add or remove user accounts

2. Click on the Create a new account link

3. Give your account a name and create the account.

4. Next, click on the New user account and select “CreatePassword“.

Once you are done setting the password, close your Control Panel and switch over to the newly created user account. Go to Start ->Switch User.


Dropbox configuration at the new user account

In your new user account, open a Windows Explorer and create a folder in the C: drive to contain your Dropbox files.

Download and install a brand new copy of Dropbox (You will be asked the Admin password when you carry out the installation).

When it prompts you to choose a folder, make sure you choose the folder (in the C: drive) that you have just created. This will ensure that the folder is accessible by you in your primary account.

Now, log out of your current window session and log back into your primary account.

Accessing multiple instances of Dropbox from your primary account

Open a window explorer and navigate to



Rightclick-drag the .exe into your start menu to whereever you want and when you want it to go and when it asks you what you want to do on mouse-up tell it to create a shortcut.  . Right click the shortcut icon and select “Properties“.


Append the following to the front of the target field:

runas /user:username

where username is the new user account that you have created just now.


Click Ok. Now double click the shortcut to run the second instances of Dropbox. A window will appear to prompt you for password for the windows user you just created.. Enter that and hit enter

You should be able to see the 2nd dropbox icon at your taskbar.




Run multiple instance of Dropbox during startup

To start multiple instances of Dropbox when you boot up your computer, simply copy the shortcut file to

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

That’s it.


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