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How to move offline files in Windows 7?

Moving offline files in Windows 7 can be a bit tricky. You’ll either need to create some new registry keys or create a symbolic link. Both methods are outlined in this tutorial and should be easy to follow for everyone. If you need additional help, leave a comment.

How to move offline files in Windows 7

Method 1: Move Offline Files via Registry

1. Step Disable offline files in Windows 7 (if you don’t know how, read this: How to disable offline files)

2. Step Open regedit and uncollapse [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC\Parameters]


3. Step Create a new string with the name “CacheLocation” in the right pane.

Create New String Value Cache Location

4. StepChange the path to your new Offline files folder! The path has to be in the following format:


(replace E:\CSC with your new folder location)

Offline Files Cache Location

5. Step Restart your PC, enable offline files again (works the same way as disabling offline files), reboot again.

Method 2: Move Offline Files via Symbolic Link

1. StepCreate a new folder for your offline files.
2. Step Open elevated command prompt (Tutorial: How to open command prompt)
3. Step Take ownership of your old offline files folder. Enter: Takeown /r /f C:\Windows\CSC
4. Step Disable Offline Files (Tutorial: How to disable offline files)
5. Step Run the following commands via command prompt:

rd /s C:\Windows\CSC
mklink /J C:\Windows\CSC “E:\New_Offline_Files_Folder”

The quotation marks have to be used. If you want to find out more about symlinks and junction points in Windows 7, read this.

6. Step Restart

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Published: Friday, March 5th, 2010 Last Modified: March 5, 2010

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