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    • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Universal CRT
    • .NET version 4.5.2 or higher
    • Box Sync is not installed

NOTE: For the best possible Box experience, we recommend the following system specifications. Even if your machine does not meet the recommended system specifications, you may still be able to install and run Box Drive. Otherwise, you may experience a degraded experience.

Recommended Minimum System Specifications

  • 1.6GHz dual core processor
  • 4GB of RAM

Installation Steps

  • Download the Box Drive installer for Windows 64 Bit or Windows 32 Bit.
  • Navigate to the location on your computer where you downloaded the file, and double-click it to run the installer.
  • Follow the instructions to complete the installation. If Box Drive does not launch automatically upon installation, you may need to launch the application from the Start menu.

Deploying Box Tools on Windows

Box Tools enables users to open, view and edit files using your favorite apps.

NOTE: This information applies to physical Windows environments. For more information on using Box desktop applications in virtual environments, see the Box web page Using Box in Virtual Environments.

Box offers two variations: single-user and machine-wide. The functionality between the two variations is the same. However, they install the programs in different locations and support different configurations.


The standard Box Tools .exe installer available installs Box Tools under the user’s profile and should only be used for single-user machines. The single-user installation is not recommended for mass deployments of Box Tools.

  • The single-user .exe installer does not require administrative rights and is designed to be easily installed by end users.
  • With the single-user installation, both Box Edit.exe and Box Local Com Service.exe should be running as the end user.
  • The single-user version installs into the following locations on the computer:
    • C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Box\Box Edit
    • C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Box\Box Local Com Server

Machine-Wide Installer

The machine-wide .msi installer installs Box Tools as a machine-wide program and supports multi-user machines.

  • The machine-wide installer is recommended for mass deployments of Box Tools.
  • Any user on the machine can use Box Tools functionality (Box Edit and Device Trust) if the .msi installer is used.
  • The machine-wide installer requires administrator rights to install Box Tools. 
  • After installing with the machine-wide version, users will need to log out of Windows and log back in again before Box Edit will be enabled for those users.
  • The machine-wide installation location:
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Box\Box Edit
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Box\Box Local Com Server

NOTE: With the machine-wide installation, Box Edit.exe should be running as the end user and Box Local Com Windows Service.exe should be running as the SYSTEM user as a Windows service.

For additional information on installing Box Tools, including in other environments, visit the Box pages Using Box in Virtual Environments and Large Scale Deployments: Box Edit.

It is important to keep your Box version as up-to-date as possible. Visit Updating Box Drive to learn how to update Box Drive.

Helpful Links

File Types Ignored or Blocked by Box Sync and Box Drive

Manage collaborator invitations

Use Box Capture on mobile

Use Box Edit

Using Box in your Mobile Browser

Understanding Folder Settings

Understanding Mobile Security

Uninstall Box Edit