How To Install, Configure, and Uninstall Globus Connect Personal for Windows

Globus Connect Personal allows you to share and transfer files to and from your Windows laptop or desktop computer — even if it’s behind a firewall. Follow the easy steps below to turn your personal computer into a full-fledged Globus endpoint.


  1. Download Globus Connect Personal.

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  2. Follow the on screen install instructions.

  3. At the end of the installation, you will see an icon in the menu bar at the bottom of your screen, indicating that Globus Connect Personal is running and your new collection is ready to be used.

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Right-click the Globus Connect Personal icon in the taskbar and select "Options…​" to configure Globus Connect Personal. Configuration options are divided into four groups; the most important (and commonly used) are the "Access" and "General" options. The "Access" tab lists folders that will be accessible via Globus for file transfer and sharing. By default, the only folder listed is your home directory.

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Add folders by clicking the "+" icon and selecting the folder you wish to make accessible. To share a folder, add it to the accessible list and check the "Sharable" box. Note: you must be a Globus Plus user to share files and folders. If you are not a Globus Plus user, click on the "Enable sharing" icon and follow the instructions.

The "General" tab allows you to specify whether you want Globus Connect Personal to run when Windows starts and whether the software should automatically check for updates. We recommend that you leave the "Automatically check for updates" box checked, to ensure that you are running the most stable and secure version of Globus Connect Personal at all times.

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Drive Mapping: Globus Connect Personal on Windows will translate a path beginning with /~/ into your home directory, e.g. C:\Users\Demodoc\. To access paths and drives outside of your home directory, use the syntax "/drive_letter/path", for example "/C/xinfo" lists the C:\xinfo directory. Also, as discussed above, it would be necessary for the C:\xinfo directory to be permitted in the Accessible Folders configuration as well. If the C:\xinfo directory is not permitted in the Accessible Folders configuration, then that folder will not be accessible via your endpoint.

Installing as non-administrator: By default, Globus Connect Personal prompts to be installed in C:\Program Files. Regular users can not write to this folder. Instead, browse to a place you have write access to (e.g. your Desktop folder).

Removing Globus Connect Personal

Please note that if you remove Globus Connect Personal, you will not be able to transfer files to or from your personal computer using Globus, and any files you have shared with other Globus users will not be accessible to those users.

To remove Globus Connect Personal:

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel, open the "Programs and Features" applet, then select Globus Connect Personal from the list and click "Uninstall/Change".

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  2. Click "Uninstall" to confirm that you wish to remove Globus Connect Personal from your computer.

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  3. Click "Yes" to remove all Globus Connect Personal settings from your computer.

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  4. You will see the following confirmation when Globus Connect Personal has been removed from your computer.

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