Here’s how to use Dropbox on Windows XP

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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Dropbox ended support for Windows XP in August 2016. On that day, all the Dropbox accounts linked to a Windows XP computer were signed out.

The good news is that although you’ve been signed out of your Dropbox account, no changes have been made to your account. In other words, all your files and photos are intact and you can access them from a compatible device.

Dropbox killed support for Windows XP because this old OS version doesn’t allow it to bring additional features, better performance, and enhanced security features. As a quick reminder, Microsoft itself ended support for Windows XP in April 2014, and Dropbox did the same to keep its product offerings in-line.

Is there a workaround to use Dropbox on Windows XP?

Many Windows XP users confirm that the answer is yes. More specifically, all you need to do is run Dropbox in compatibility mode “Windows 2000” and you should be able to sign in.

Running XP here too, since there’s not been any workaround I tried to run dropbox in compatibility mode “windows 2000” and voila, signed in and working. Enjoy. […] Been running for a month now, still working.

  1. Go to main drive/program files/dropbox/client > you’ll find two blue Dropbox logos > one is the .exe file and the other is the Uninstaller
  2. Right click on the .exe file > select Properties > click the Compatibility tab > change it to Compatibility mode for Windows 2000.

Other users rely on a third tool to connect Dropbox to Windows XP. One such tool is Goodsync, which even offers a few extra features.

I found it in GoodSync. It’s a piece of backup software that works with USB Drives and various cloud services, including Dropbox.
Works great and has many more features than standalone Dropbox.

If you’ve found other workarounds to make Dropbox compatible with Windows XP, use the comment section below to tell us more about your experience.


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i can’t find working installer. Everyone i used refused to install because of some error and if i try to run it in compatibility mode it says that, it needs at least windows 2000 with service pack 4.

goodsync is not an option for xp anymore ! Netdrive still works but extremely slowly after the expiration date.

How do you “sign in” after changing the compatibility mode? I’ve got a folder on my desktop that goes to the DropBox folder and lets me access it…but it never updates to my other computers (home, work, etc). I can’t figure out how to “sign out”….so I can re-sign in.