Google Drive is a file storage and synchronisation service provided by Google. Google Drive can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the script and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use FireDaemon Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Google Drive Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest Google Drive installer from the Google Drive website. You will need to log in with your Google account or create one if you don't already have one.

Run the application at least once and configure it. On step 2 of "Getting Started" click advanced setup and uncheck "Start Google Drive automatically when you start your computer". If Google Drive is already installed, you can access this window by right clicking the Google Drive icon in your tasktray and selecting "Preferences..."

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note that there are no required parameters.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see the Google Drive running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must set the job type to "Global" so that child processes are terminated properly when the service is stopped or restarted. You must run Google Drive as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to Google Drive or specify which CPU or core Google Drive will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the Lifecycle tab. Uncheck Graceful Shutdown as it can slow the shutdown of Google Drive.

Now click on the OK button to install and start Google Drive!