Dropbox

Dropbox has the unpleasant property that it doesn't let you put its repository on a network drive. But it does work, albeit with some effort. Whether the effort pays off may be decided by everyone alone: repository in the roaming profile (default) results in long login and logout times (every time), putting the repository on the H: drive takes quite a while (once, because it is completely downloaded from dropbox once).

For the lines starting with "cmd:" you need a shell. This is what you get as follows:
  start → "cmd(enter)"
In the resulting window you can then enter the commands below, everything that is behind "cmd:".

The manual:

  •     Download the Dropbox-Installer, save it to c:\users\<username> (make sure you go there!)
  •     Close all windows. ABSOLUTELY. Windows Explorer may remain open for c:\users\<username>
  •     cmd: net use h: /d
  •     if query: Yes
  •     cmd: mkdir c:\users\<username>\dingsda
  •     cmd: subst h: c:\users\<username>\dingsda
  •     Start Dropbox Installer (not all necessary entries are detailed here):
  •         install without admin rights: "Current user
  •         log in to dropbox
  •         Advanced settings → Set repository ("location") to "H:".
  •         "Open my dropbox folder"
  •     Wait until Dropbox is synchronized.
  •     End Dropbox. (Not only the window, also in the taskbar!)
  •     cmd: subst h: /d
  •     cmd: not use h: \\\psi\<username>
  •     cmd: xcopy /e /q c:\users\<username>\dingsda\dropbox h:\dropbox
  •     cmd: rmdir /s /q c:\users\<username>\dingsda
  •     Restart the Dropbox (Start menu). Now everything should work. Also other programs again :-)
  •     Optionally create a link in the start menu under "startup" that starts Dropbox at every login.
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