I have been using Google Drive seriously for about a year. Making sure to work off the cloud as much as possible. Until now, I have not had any real issues, although, I’ve noticed that Google Drive is much slower than Drop Box, mainly do to the difference in how Google drive and drop box index your files. Regardless, the problem I am having now is probably a deal breaker. Google Drive is crashing my nice new Windows 8 install on my Dell Optiplex 960.

I installed the pre-release of Windows 8 a couple of months ago. Since I have been extremely satisfied with it, I decided to take advantage of Microsoft’s $39.99 deal and upgrade all my machines. The one program I didn’t really test was Google drive, since that runs on my little HP mini laptop that I strictly use for backups. Now that I have a shiny new 2 TB Seagate drive in my Optiplex, I want to use this machine for my backups. I installed drop box and Google drive. The computer restarted once and two other times it informed me that Google drive was having an issue.

Now I would look into this a little bit more, but apparently in December of 2012, Google made it very clear they were not planning on building any new apps for it. “We have no plans to build out Windows apps,” said Clay Bavor, product management director at Google Apps. Apparently, they are not planning on supporting it either.

FYI, I am running the 64 bit version of Google Drive and Windows 8.

Here is the error from my system log:


Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 1/22/2013 12:56:33 PM
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: garage
Faulting application name: googledrivesync.exe, version: 1.7.4018.3496, time stamp: 0x509418e4
Faulting module name: python26.dll, version: 2.6.4150.1013, time stamp: 0x4ae54ea8
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00025e10
Faulting process id: 0xc94
Faulting application start time: 0x01cdf8c865f26729
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Users\Bill\AppData\Local\Temp\_MEI31562\python26.dll
Report Id: 0e26374f-64bd-11e2-be6c-0024e837d4ac
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event”>
<Provider Name=”Application Error” />
<EventID Qualifiers=”0″>1000</EventID>
<TimeCreated SystemTime=”2013-01-22T17:56:33.000000000Z” />
<Security />
<Data>C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe</Data>

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