How to fix Dropbox Updater runtime error

Are you getting an annoying runtime error for Dropbox Updater when you fire up or shut down your computer? Read on, as we may have a fix for you!

Lately we’ve been getting a Microsoft Visual C++ runtime error message R6030 - CRT not initialized relating to DropboxUpdate.exe.

microsoft visual c++ runtime library runtime error! program c:\program files (x86)\Dropbox\Update\DropboxUpdate.exe R6030 CRT not initialized

This is related to the C runtime (CRT) library and indicates a problem with how a program, in this case, DropboxUpdate.exe, is being launched or executed.

Five ways to fix Dropbox Updater runtime error

This error can occur for a variety of reasons, including corrupted system files, issues with the application itself, or problems with the runtime libraries. Here are several steps you can take to try and resolve the issue.

1. Restart Your Computer

If you haven’t already, restart your computer. This can sometimes resolve temporary issues that might be causing the error.

2. Update Dropbox Manually

Since the error involves the Dropbox updater, manually updating Dropbox to the latest version might resolve the issue. You can download the latest version of Dropbox directly from the official website.

3. Repair Visual C++ Redistributable Packages

The error might be related to corrupted Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable packages, which are used by Dropbox.

  • Open the Control Panel and go to Programs and Features.
  • Find Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable packages installed on your system.
  • For each entry, click Modify then select Repair. Follow the prompts to repair the installations. Note that not all C++ packages have the option to repair the installation. In that case, the modify option will be greyed out.
  • If repairs don’t help, consider uninstalling and reinstalling the redistributable packages from the Microsoft official site.

4. Run the System File Checker

Corrupted system files can also cause runtime errors. Running the System File Checker (SFC) scan can help repair damaged system files.

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator by searching for it in the Start menu, right-clicking on it, and selecting Run as administrator.
  • Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
  • Wait for the process to complete and follow any instructions if file corruptions are found and repaired.

5. Reinstall Dropbox

If the above steps do not work, consider uninstalling and then reinstalling Dropbox. This can resolve any issues caused by corrupted installation files.

  • Uninstall Dropbox via the Control Panel or Settings app.
  • Download the latest version of Dropbox from the official website and install it.

6. Contact Support

If you continue to experience issues, consider reaching out to Dropbox support for further assistance. They may have specific guidance or updates to address this issue.

Follow these steps in order, checking to see if the problem is resolved after each step. This systematic approach should help you identify and fix the issue with the DropboxUpdate.exe runtime error.

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