Run Google Drive for desktop as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Install Google Drive for desktop as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Automatically run Google Drive when your PC boots and make sure it is available 24/7. No need to log on to copy your important files to/from your Google Drive!

Google Drive for desktop (formerly known as Drive File Stream) makes it very easy to work with Google Drive from your PC. Simply go to the virtual "G:" drive to access all your files in the cloud:

To install Google Drive for desktop as a Windows Service:

  1. If necessary, download and install Google Drive for desktop on your Windows PC.

    Before signing in with your valuable credentials, please make sure that you downloaded the app from Google:

    After signing in, please confirm that you are able to browse your cloud files in the "G" drive:

  2. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  3. Start AlwaysUp.

  4. Select Application > Advisor to launch the Application Advisor:

    Start Application Advisor

  5. Click Next to get started:

    Application Advisor: Introduction

  6. Choose Google Drive for desktop from the list of applications and click Next:

    Application Advisor: Select Google Drive for desktop

  7. After the Advisor has gathered information about your Google Drive installation, you will be prompted to enter the user name and password of your Windows account. Click Next to move on:

    Application Advisor: Enter Windows Credentials

  8. We're almost done! Click Next to continue:

    Application Advisor: Ready to add Google Drive

  9. The Add Application window contains all the recommended settings for running Google Drive 24x7 after your PC boots. If you are curious, you can cycle through the tabs and review the options that have been chosen.

    Click Save to record your new Google Drive service:

    Save your Google Drive for desktop service

  10. In a couple of seconds, a new entry named Google Drive for desktop will show up in the AlwaysUp window. Notice that the state will be Stopped because the service is not yet running:

    Google Drive for desktop Windows Service Installed

  11. To start Google Drive for desktop as a service, choose Application > Start "Google Drive for desktop". The entry's state should change to Running after a few seconds:

    Google Drive for desktop Windows Service Running

    Note that Google Drive for desktop will be running in the background on the isolated Session 0. Its tray icon will not be visible on your desktop. You will still be able to use the G drive in the File Explorer though.

    If you wish to see the Google Drive for desktop tray icon — maybe to change some settings or check that it is working OK — select Application > Restart "Google Drive for desktop" in this session:

    Restart Google Drive for desktop in this Session

    In a few seconds, the Google Drive icon will appear in the task tray area allowing you to interact with the software as normal.

  12. That's it! Next time your computer boots, Google Drive for desktop will start immediately, before anyone logs on. We encourage you to edit the service in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, send an email if the program fails, boost priority, configure a weekly report, and much more.



Google Drive for desktop not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • Visit the AlwaysUp Troubleshooter — our online tool that can help you resolve the most common problems encountered when running an application 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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