Run Syncdocs as a Windows Service

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

Start Syncdocs as soon as your PC boots and keep it running unattended in the background. No need to log in!

Syncdocs helps you manage your Google Drive and Google Docs online storage.

To configure Syncdocs with AlwaysUp:

  1. Download, install and configure Syncdocs on your PC.

  2. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  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 Syncdocs executable, Syncdocs.exe. Syncdocs is usually installed in the AppData folder, namely:

      where USER-NAME is the name of your Windows account.

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have specified Syncdocs but you can specify another name if you like.

    Syncdocs 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 Syncdocs. The software should run in this account so that it can find its settings.

    Syncdocs 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 Syncdocs needs TCP/IP networking support to do its work.

    Syncdocs Windows Service: Startup Tab

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

    Syncdocs Windows Service: Created

  9. Since AlwaysUp will now be starting Syncdocs when your computer boots, let's ensure that it won't try to start again when you log on. To do so:

    • Click on the Syncdocs icon (Syncdocs tray icon) and select Preferences from the menu:

      Syncdocs Menu - Select Preferences

    • In the Syncdocs Preferences window that comes up, click on the Advanced Options... button. On the General tab, un-check the Start with Windows startup box.

      Syncdocs Preferences - Basic Options    Syncdocs Preferences - Advanced Options - General tab

    • Click the OK button to save your settings.
    • Close Syncdocs by clicking on the tray icon and selecting Exit.

  10. To start Syncdocs from AlwaysUp, choose Application > Start "Syncdocs". It should start after a few seconds and clicking on the green circle will show some technical details on the Syncdocs process:

    Syncdocs Windows Service: Running

    Note that on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, Server 2012 or 2008, Syncdocs will be running in the background in Session 0 and you won't see its tray icon. If you need to manage Syncdocs, restart it normally on your desktop by selecting Application > Restart "Syncdocs" in this session.

  11. That's it! Next time your computer boots, Syncdocs will start up immediately, before anyone logs on.

    Feel free to edit Syncdocs in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, send email alerts if Syncdocs stops, boost its priority, etc.

Syncdocs 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 Syncdocs. 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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