Run BoxCryptor as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Run BoxCryptor 24/7 as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Start BoxCryptor in the background when your PC boots, before you log on. Survive reboots, accidental shutdowns, crashes and more!

BoxCryptor encrypts your files stored in the cloud. It supports all the major services, including Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.net.

To configure BoxCryptor as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp:

  1. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  2. Download, install and configure BoxCryptor, if necessary. Ensure that your password is saved so that BoxCryptor will start without prompting for your credentials.

    BoxCryptor: Check Remember Password

  3. Start AlwaysUp.

  4. Select Application > Add to open the Add Application window:

    Add Application

  5. On the General tab:

    • In the Application field, enter the full path to the BoxCryptor executable, Boxcryptor.exe. If you installed BoxCryptor in the default location, this is:

      C:\Program Files\Boxcryptor\Boxcryptor.exe
      or
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Boxcryptor\Boxcryptor.exe
      if you are on a 64-bit system.

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have used Boxcryptor, the default, but you can specify almost anything you like.

    BoxCryptor Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Click over to the Logon tab and enter the user name and password of the account in which you installed and configured BoxCryptor. BoxCryptor must run in this account so that it can find its settings.

    BoxCryptor Windows Service: Logon Tab

  7. Click over to the Startup tab and check the Ensure that the Windows Networking components have started box. This informs AlwaysUp that BoxCryptor needs TCP/IP networking support to do its work.

    BoxCryptor Windows Service: Startup Tab

  8. Click the Save >> button. In a couple of seconds, an application called Boxcryptor will show up in the AlwaysUp window. It is not yet running though.

    BoxCryptor Windows Service: Created

  9. Before we start BoxCryptor as a Windows Service, let's set it up to run automatically in the background.

    1. Start BoxCryptor normally from the desktop icon or Start menu if it is not yet running.

    2. Right-click on the BoxCryptor tray icon and select Settings.

      Launch BoxCryptor Settings

    3. In the Boxcryptor Settings window that comes up, click over to the Advanced tab. From there:

      1. Uncheck the Start with Windows box
      2. Click the Show more settings link at the bottom to reveal additional options
      3. Check the Mount for all users box. This ensures that the BoxCryptor drive will show up even when BoxCryptor is running as a Windows Service.

      Launch BoxCryptor Settings

    4. Now that you are done configuring BoxCryptor, stop it by right-clicking on its tray icon and selecting Exit.

      Exit BoxCryptor

  10. To start BoxCryptor from AlwaysUp choose Application > Start "Boxcryptor". After a few seconds the state should transition to "Running" (as evidenced by the green circle icon, which shows additional details when you click on it).

    And even on Windows 8/7/Vista and Server 2008/2012, where BoxCryptor will be running in the background in the isolated Session 0, you will be able to access your BoxCryptor drive and encrypted files via Windows Explorer.

    BoxCryptor running as a Service with AlwaysUp

  11. That's it! Next time your computer boots, BoxCryptor will start up immediately, before anyone logs on. We encourage you to edit the entry in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment.



BoxCryptor not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • From AlwaysUp, select Application > Report Activity > Today... to bring up a HTML report detailing the interaction between AlwaysUp and your application. The AlwaysUp Event Log Messages page explains the more obscure messages.
  • Consult the AlwaysUp FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions and troubleshooting tips.
  • Contact us and we will be happy to help!

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