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Q: Windows Xp Missing offline files tab

Help me PLEASE
Recently reinstalled Windows XP clean, went to setup offline files and my tab is missing in folder options. Have done the fast switching clear in account options but still nothing

Need someone's help


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I've got a situation here whereby .TMP files are appearing in network directories, and the files are going missing. The size of the TMP file matches the original file.
I'm trying to narrow down the issue, because I think there may be two problems here.  
1. Offline Files are enabled, to allow profile redirection.    It seems that this is also by default, is allowing Clinet Side Caching when there are network issues.  Does the original file (.doc for example)  get renamed
as a HR234.TMP for example when the Slow link detection sees slow performance? 
2.  If the above TMP file is created when there are network issues, should this resolve itself (sync itself back to the network) when performance improves?
Currently we are in a situation where we have a department that have files missing from many network shares, all the missing files seemlingly replaced with a .TMP file, so do we have to go round to every machine in the department, and manually
sync them to resolve this?  

A:TMP files created, files missing Offline files issue?

After checking the Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 in the

Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932), I found the following hotfix is available:
Temporary files do not synchronize correctly to a non-DFS share on a server from a client computer
that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

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Hi, I wonder if anyone can help. I have been Googling all over the place last couple of days and looking through hundreds of regkeys but cannot find the answer. 

We have 1800 PC's using Offline files to a NAS location. Even though the Group Policy is set to force PC's Offline no matter what the latency value. I have noticed some PC's that have Offline files enabled but are set to work online. Maybe set manually
before the GPO was applied. Anyway I was wondering if there is a way to detect on numerous PC's whether a PC is set to work Offline or Online? I have been looking to see if a regkey changes when the Work Offline / Online button is pressed on the file menu
of the redirected folder. 

I have found a key that changes if you hit the button Work Online/ Offline button
manually HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache\OnlineTransitionLog Value - (name of nas share) but this clears when the PC is rebooted or logged out and does not reappear unless you do the switch again manually.
This will not work when I try to scan all the PC's.

Help would be much appreciated. 


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Recently reinstalled windows xp. Upon completion I noticed that on Folder Options the tab for offline files is missing. I tried the obvious and went into user accounts and unchecked fast switching. This did not correct the problem.

I really need to get this going since I travel with my laptop daily and want to synchronize offline files.

Please Please help!

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The offline files tab is missing from the folder options on XP on my desktop PC. (The other three tabs are present). This has not mattered in the past but I have now networked this to a laptop and want to share files and use syncronisation between the two machines. Any help would be much appreciated

A:Missing Offline Files tab in folder options

You need to ensure that Fast User Switching is disabled: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307853

Also, make sure you are enabling offline files on the computer that is accessing the network share, the one that does not have a copy of the files locally.

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The offline files tab is missing from the folder options on XP on my desktop PC. (The other three tabs are present). This has not mattered in the past but I have now networked this to a laptop and want to share files and use syncronisation between the two machines. Any help would be much appreciated

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I'm sitting with a big issue at a customer and ask for your help.
- 3x Windows 2008 R2 file servers configured in DFS
- approx. 500x Windows 7 clients (Laptops)
- 3x network shares, Common1, Common2 and Homefolder. 
- "Offline Files" and "Folder Redirection" enabled for entire user profile.
- Everything is controlled by GPOs and there are no login scripts.
Due to some faulty settings in the client GPO and the fact that the "Common" shares was set to allow Offline Caching of files and folders, the majority of clients now suffer from sync issues and conflicts.
Most of the conflicted files are located in the users home folder, but some users are also seeing the same issues with files located on the "Common" shares. The users themselfes are not allowed to enable Offline Files as this is disabled by GPOs.
The only folders that should be treated as Offline Files are the ones in the users home folder.
A new set of GPOs have been created that correctly set up "Offline Files" and "Folder Redirection". These are linked to a test-OU and the computers and users applied to that OU are not suffering from the problems above.
When we move a client, the cache will be deleted and all non-sync'd work will be lost.
Today we manually look at every users sync center and try to resolve the conflicts before we move them to the new OU. This is extremely time consuming when... Read more

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Trying to rid a Dell Latitude D630 running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit laptop of malware, trojans etc. I loaded Windows Defender Offline 64-bit on a USB stick, changed the boot order to boot from USB, but receive the error message "BOOTMGR MISSING Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart", making it unable to run the Windows Defender Offline. I do not get this error when I boot normally (from HDD), only when trying to run WDO from USB. Laptop is fully functional (albeit slow) when booting from HDD. Also, I do not have any of the install/recovery disks.

Any and all suggestions are welcomed.

A:BootMGR missing only when trying to run Windows Defender Offline

ms26260, welcome to the forums. Sound like you need to make the usb bootable.use this

USB Boot
select try unlisted linux iso from the drop down, choose the ISO you want to boot, then select your drive letter. Then boot from the usb.

Your ISO to choose is the one created as shown here

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please look at the attachment 
i have pc that do not have  this folder.
1.what this folder means ? 
3.do i need this folder ?
3.when i go to indexing options >modify >"show all locations" is gray

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I currently have 2 XP Pro systems (laptop and desktop). Offline shares are working fine; the laptop has the offline files. I created an s:\ (for share) drive on my local LAN using my desktop system and all the files reside there.

My laptop needs to be upgraded. I want to go to Windows 7. Will I be able to easily transition offline files with this setup from 2 XP Pro systems to a Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate) on a laptop and my current XP Pro Desktop?

NOTE: The operative word here is "easily".

A:Offline files between XP Pro and Windows 7

I am able to share files between XP and Windows 7 and access my External Hard drive on my XP computer.. about the Offline thing I think You can by just by clicking the Always Available Offline button.It was pretty Easy to set up. (I thought). Here are some Screen Shots..to make sense of it..

Hope this Helps..

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I am implementing windows 7 soon at work and i have a test machine i have been working with. At my business we use the syncing of offline files in this way. Currently with XP all of our users My Documents are stored on the server and mapped to the users my documents on there PC

I have been searching for this in windows 7 and have had no luck. the only thing i have found is they want you to map a network drive and use it that way.

Does anyone know if what i am currently using in XP works in 7.


A:Windows 7 offline files

The process for folder redirection remains pretty much the same as it has been in previous versions of Windows, the only caveat being that, you cannont use the link from the start menu "Documents" or the link within libraries "Documents". You need to use the actual location c:\users\YourUserName\My Documents, right click, properties, location tab, move.
Maybe these two articles might help further.
Redirect a folder to a new location
Understanding offline files
keep us posted.

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Notebook with Windows 8.1 Pro. There is set folder redirection for Documents folder via GPO. It works fine on many our PCs, but on one machine it works bad. I open This Computer-Documents and copy there files - cca 20GB. Redirect folder on server has 20GB,
offline folders on PC (Synchronization center-Offline Files) has too 20GB (size of max. capacity Offline files changed from default 8GB to 70GB before copying). After disconnectig/reconnecting network the Offline Files has 8MB. WHY it disappears? Second try,
copy the same files (20GB), disconnect/reconnect network, Offline files changed from 20GB to 15GB, some folders and files are unaviable after disconnect network. I misunderstand it. Copy files from local folder to Documents folder was via classic windows CTRL+C
- CTRL-V, but it works unususal - about 1/3 copy with speed 1-10MB/s, the rest was copy with speed +-100MB/s. Synchronization center was without error. Windows are updated. Please help.

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have a laptop that I have mapped two drives to shares on my server, drives Y: and Z:. I have enabled offline files for both and made serveral folders available offiline. The files were copied to my local Cache. When I travel off the network to another location where I have another wireless network setup with the same domain name the server status for the now not present server is "online" when if fact it is not there. The mapped drive status in explorer is disconnected Network Drive. However when I open the Offline Files folder I see all the cached files and the Server Status for all files is online.

Is there a way I can force the server status to offline so that I can access these files via the mapped drives I have set up.

Both systems are running WinXP Pro SP3. What am I missing?

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I have several users that use offline files in Windows 7 that are having issues. Here is what happens;
Users home directories are located on a Win2k3 server and they are synced to the local pc for offline service. The sync seems to work fine and after the folders syncronize I can place the folder offline and the files appear correctly. The problem arises when
the users goes to our branch office.....
when users are at this office they work offline, but the offline files and folders are greyed out and have an x on the icons and cannot access these offline files.

A:Offline files on Windows 7 pc's greyed out

Thanks for posting in Microsoft TechNet forums.
Please click Start->type manage your offline files->under the General tab, click to enable Offline files.
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Hi there,

I have recently got a new laptop, and as I wanted to use the network offline files (not onedrive offline) I upgraded it from Windows 10 Home to Pro specifically for that feature.

I have done this upgrade before with no problems.

However, on this laptop, when I go to the Control Panel, select 'Manage Offline Files', and click enable, simply nothing happens; no error message is displayed.

I have tried to enable offline files multiple times (tried restarting), with no luck.

How can I fix this?

Many thanks.

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I'm using the offline files feature in Win7 (much better implementation, btw - kudos!) and I've run into a problem:  the CSC is using up all the drive space on C:\.  I'd like to move the CSC to D:\, however I've been unable to do so.I've seen this posted here previously (2/2009), however the response was to follow the instructions from Vista (using migwiz.exe).  When I launch migwiz.exe, I have no option of selecting the offline files as outlined in the Vista instructions (http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/archive/2006/12/12/moving-the-offline-files-cache-in-windows-vista.aspx).Are there any other ways of doing this?Thanks!

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Hi All,

We have configured Offline Files on a domain joined Windows 7 machine at site A, to a network share on SBS 2008 at Site B

There is a problem with the broadband which drops frequently server side (Site B), so VPN connections are unreliable

For this reason we have installed a pair of routers with an IPSec tunnel which automatically reconnects itself

Problem is, Windows 7 does not consider this a connection, and will not allow me to sync offline files (the option is simply not there)

I have added the server as a secondary DNS and am able to ping the server by name and IP, I can even browse the shares that I want to sync, I am just missing the 'Work Online' button and the Right Click > Sync option

If I connect the VPN, the button and option returns, however this is not reliable enough as previously mentioned. I have tried adding the host in the hosts file but it does not make a difference

How does Windows 7 'know' when it is connected to the domain?

A:Windows 7 Offline Files via IPSec Tunnel

I have just about given up on Offline Files, I am trying Microsoft SyncToy 2.1, does anybody have any alternatives?

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Hello all, I'm at my wit's end so I hope somebody can help me.

I'm trying to configure offline access to a network storage server for multiple client laptops running W7 Enterprise. 

Each user has an individual folder on the server that I map to their systems first of all. 

Then I right click the drive and check 'Always available offline' and let Sync Center do it's thing. 

For 90% of the machines, once this is done, I can disconnect the network cable and then try accessing the drive. It will automatically show the offline CSC-CACHE version of the drive and operation is seamless. When reconnected to the LAN Sync Center
brings the server copy up to date, 

For the other 10% however, after disconnecting the network cable, clicking on the drive produces the error message: 

"An error occurred while reconnnecting G: to \\CompanyServer\ShareFolder\users\jones Microsoft Windows Network: The local device name is already in use. This connection has not been restored."

- The offline cache has definitely been created because it can be accessed via the 'Manage Offline Files' option in Sync Center. 
- Reconnecting the network cable usually successfully restores connection to the drive. It's only offline access that won't function. 
- It is possible to successfully configure offline access to the same drives using different client laptops. 
- I have already attempted altering the host name, different credentials with... Read more

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Good Afternoon,
We are in the midst of starting a domain migration, and are having some issues with offline files.  We are using the Quest Resource Update Manager for processing and moving our workstations, however, Dell states that they do not supporting re-ACLing
the Offline Files.
For some users, once they are migrated we have no issues, however, in other circumstances, we are receiving Access Denied error messages though the user still has access to their files on the server side.  We can confirm this by going to their direct
share on the server by using IP instead of server name in the path.
Recreating the Offline Files cache has resolved some issues, however, we do not want to do this as it will cause huge performance issues across the network.  I've search through many sites, and can't find a way to easily get this working or automate
a change.  We have also tried granting localadmin rights to the user before the migration (with reboots), but that is not helping to resolve the issue.
I know that with Windows XP, there was good old CSCCMD and you could use /RESID and that worked in past migrations, but that's not the case with Windows 7.
If anyone has advice, it would be greatly appreciated.

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I tried searching for "offline" in the forum and scanned through the 250 odd titles that came up but could not find reference to relocating the offline files folder. I frequently take an image of the system drive as a backup but, with an ever increasing offline folder (windows\csc), this is getting unworkable so I want to move the folder to my data drive (D:\).

I've tried using a symbolic link to a folder on the C drive (as I've successfully done with the OneDrive folder) but win10 seems to object and stops working.

Surprisingly, with google there's loads of references to doing this with previous versions of windows but I can't find anything Win10 specific. Does anybody know of a reliable way of relocating the csc folder?

A:Want to move Offline Files Folder (Windows\CSC)

Yes, there is not a method to do yet. I tried all steps of W7, WIN VISTA!!.

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Hey guys, I'm having problems accessing offline files on a Windows Vista machine. I sync to try to make a document available offline, but during sync receive an error. I view this error in Sync center and see the following message: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. The file is located on a server. The server is MS 2003. How do I fix this? Thanks for your help.

A:Accessing Offline Files on Windows Vista

I would just like to add that the file is accessible online, but as soon as I go offline I cant open the file anymore, although I can still see it.

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We have a nas drive to save data, when we are in the LAN network we can sincronize data from the laptop to the server and to have a backup, but when the users work in another place (house, out site) they are working offline, if i delete a file in this mode
(offline) how can i recover the deleted file?  I tried to find it in c:\windows\csc but i cud'nt open this folder , neither export it to a folder.

A:Recover deleted offline files windows 7

Do you mean you delete a file when the laptop works offline?
If so, please just connect the laptop to corporate network, then this file will be synced to your laptop.Juke Chou
TechNet Community Support

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Hello. I have Windows 8.1 and when I right click on a network file, I do not see "Always Available Online." Have tried to find help online to no avail.

A:Problem With Syncing Offline Files Windows 8.1

Originally Posted by seanhemi

Hello. I have Windows 8.1 and when I right click on a network file, I do not see "Always Available Online." Have tried to find help online to no avail.

Have you checked out the tutorial for this as I'm not completely sure where you are looking.


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I've got a customer with about 10 Windows XP Pro machines connecting to a Windows 2003 Small Business Server. They're all notebooks and use Offline Files to let them take their work with them. The problem is that while they're connected at the office (wired, not wireless), their computers periodically show the "bubble" indicating that they've been disconnected from the server and are now working offline. If they click on the bubble and click OK on the Offline Files window, it suddenly reconnects and synchronizes again. I'm told that this happens several times a week, and sometimes several times within a day. It seems to happen to all of the computers, which makes me think it's something with the server or network, but I've done a little bit of testing and I don't lose pings or the Exchange connection when Offline Files kicks in. Thanks for any ideas!

Edit: I should also mention that their old tech put a second NIC in this server to try to fix the problem, but it hasn't helped, and I just updated to the latest Intel drivers. They're also all up to date on Windows Updates.

A:Windows XP Offline Files thinks server is disconnecting

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Hello, I have a laptop with Windows 7 Pro OEM. I need to make a network drive available for the user when they are not on the domain. Here is what I've done so far and the issues I am comming across: (The files are on a Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition)I have setup a network drive and right clicked on it an set it to be made available offline.
Windows then starts to make the offline copies.
While in the process of making the files available offline, errors start to appear saying ?The Process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process? (This error Occurs for each file in the directory ? 4400+ files)
I have tried this multiple times with the user logged off and also checked the file server to ensure that any files are not open. But still the same error occurs.
This issue occurs most times when requesting a sync. It has occasionally worked correctly. ie. it made a copy of the files
After I have seen a successful sync I unplug the computer from the network and try to view the files.
Each file in the directory has a cross on the icon.
When opening any of the files I simply get a message saying that it cannot open the file.
I have turned off the Offline files and deleted all temp files and tried to setup the Offline files again twice now but still had the same problem.
I have found where the offline files are stored: C:\Windows\CSC\....
I have set the user to have full control permissions in this section but neither the Local ... Read more

A:Windows 7 Sync Centre / Offline Files Issues

Great News Everyone! I did the registry change and it WORKS! Just to outline MS's KB and what I had to do, follow these steps: On the 2003 server I had to ADD this reg entry and set it to 0:
OplocksDisabled REG_DWORD 0 or 1 Default: 0 (not disabled)
And then Changed this entry to 1:
EnableOplocks REG_DWORD 0 or 1 Default: 1 (enabled) You will NEED to restart the server and once that is done it should just work on the Windows 7 Machines, you may need to restart the W7 machines too.  Hopefully this works for anyone else having the same issue. Post your replies if this worked or not!

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So, this is what I'm trying to do.

I have a laptop that I mostly use, it's running Windows 7. I'm trying to set up my iPod so it will connect to it instead of my desktop which is what it currently does, but all of my Music is on an external hard drive that is connected to the desktop.

I just got a new router, a Belkin Work & Play 600. It comes with a USB port on the back to connect external hard drives to . So I decided to, instead of having to plug my external hard drive into the laptop every time I wanted to access my music, I would hook up the hard drive up to the router and then make the files be available offline on my hard drive. (This way my girlfriend could also access the music from her laptop)

The only problem is that I can't get the files to be available offline. I tried to right click on them and say "always available offline", when I did this sync center would open and try to sync them, but every single file would cause a sync error because "The process could not be completed because the file was in use by another process". I cannot for the life of me figure out how to fix this, so I need help.

If you need more information I will for sure be willing to answer any questions.

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Hi, each of our 2000+ laptop users use a 110MB of our DFSr for redirected folders (Document, Desktop & Favorites). This was working fine until we discovered their Offline Files cache was not restricted to 110MB so many are now over the 110MB limit
for Offline Files and this is causing various issues, e.g. deleted files are reappearing. So we need to set both group policy settings "Size of auto-cached files" and "Total size of offline files" in "Computer Configuration\Administrative
Templates\Network\Offline Files" to 110MB and then reduce each user's Offline Files to under 110MB. The latter is the tricky bit. We could deploy an SCCM package to re-initialize the offline files cache and database (Offline-Folders) using "REG ADD
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache" /v FormatDatabase /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f" but any files in a user's Offline Files that hasn't yet been synch'd will be lost and this approach will be unacceptable to the business. 

How can we overcome this? Could we somehow backup the Offline Files folder (C:\Windows\CSC) using a script/USMT, without requiring user intervention, before deploying the FormatDatabase reg key update? If so, how please?


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I have scoured for a complete fix for this issue since I had 3 laptops using the Offline Files to keep all my documents, pictures, music, etc. in sync between them and a server that moved on to a more peaceful existence without bits and bytes.
There is a Mr Fixit for XP, and Windows 7 but not Windows 8. A Mr FixIt for windows 8 would be appreciated, but even better would be a button or hotkey to allow the Offline Files cache to be completely wiped, in case anyone is listening. Note that the
registry key location for Offline Files in Windows 7 & 8 is completely different even though the same FormatDatabase DWORD is used. 
I found another post that told to do the following to reset the cache:
To reset Offline file in Windows 8, We have to reinitialize the offline files cache all together:

Open up registry editor (WARNING: Only for Advanced Users)      
Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Csc      
Add a new key (folder) called Parameters      
Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Csc\Parameters, add a new DWORD called FormatDatabase and set its value to 1Save, Close, Reboot (added by me)
However, this did not fix it for me. After some tinkering I learned that the Offline Files registry change did not format the cache unless the Offline Fil... Read more

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We're in a domain at work and a user have a folder on the server that he usually syncs with from his computer. The problem is that when I right click on the folder and choose "syncronize" it gives me "permission error". 
How do I fix this?

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Hi guys,
we don't like for sync the recycle bin during sync offline folder, but system do it automaticly. How to exclude it?
The same situation with subfolders 'My music' and 'My pictures'. We would like to sync 'My documents only'.
Please help!
Thank a lot

A:Exclude Recycle bin from Offline Files (Windows Sync Centre)

You can click “Start”,
 input “Managed offline files” in Search box and press Enter.
In the window of Offline Files, go to General and click “View your offline files”
Then you can manage offline files folder in it.

This link maybe helpful to you:
Hope it helps.

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We have have setup offline files in our network by configuring the appropriate GPO's.
When a user logs onto a freshly installed windows 7 SP1 workstation the sync partnership is present.
When that users logs off and then another user logs on, there is no sync partnership present for that other user.
A gpresult /r run under that other user shows that all the appropriate GPO's have been applied successfully.
The only solution I've found so far is to do a format of the offline files cache.
Is this a bug?
Offlines files has been configured so that offlines files is permanent offline in a slow connection mode.
This is an overview of the Computer GPO:
Configure Background Sync >Enabled  
Configure background sync: 
Sync Interval (minutes) > 5 
Sync Variance (minutes) > 2 
Maximum Allowed Time Without A Sync (minutes) > 7 
Blockout Start Time (HHMM) > 0 
HHMM is a value where 
HH must be between 0 and 24, and 
MM must be between 0 and 59. 
Blockout Duration (minutes) > 0 
Enable Background Sync for shares in user selected "Work Offline" mode > Disabled 
Configure slow-link mode > Enabled  
UNC Paths: >   
\\servername\home$ Latency=0 
Default cache size > Enabled  
Default cache size:>  8000 
Non-default server disconnect actions > Enabled
Specify no... Read more

A:No sync partnership for second user that logs onto Windows 7 SP1 workstation - Offline Files

The permissions on both the server as well as the client side are correct. 
In the mean time i have found a solution for this problem.
It appears that if the first user logs on and simply sets its homedirectory offline, then logoff and login as another use, that other user cannot get to his/her home directory.
If you then login as the first user again en simply switch it's homedirectory to online, then logoff and login as the other user the homedirectory of that user can be reached again.
Apparently offline files works like this: It takes the the whole \\servername\home$ and puts it offline as a whole, including every folder that is underneath the home$ share, which includes every homedirectory of every user.
This also made me solve the problem. If i simply make the home directory of each user a share and configure offline files to use \\servername\%username%$, there is no problem. Apparently only "\\server\share1" is treated as an independent item
that allows it to be switched offline/online without causing another "\\server\share2" path to be switched to offline/online.
Can you please confirm that my finding are correct?

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I have been scratching my head for a couple of days with this one and I have still not resolved it.  We are using folder redirection (deployed via group policy) for my documents, pictures and favorites.  The problem I have on my computer is that
even though the event viewer for my computer suggests it has all redirected correctly with event id 501 "Successfully applied policy and redirected folder <foldername> to <UNCPATH>".  I have tried deleting my user profile and letting
it re-create itself.  Moved my home drive onto another 2008 R2 file server.  Confirmed that the permissions are based on the following MS article;
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2512089 .  Tried clean-booting the OS, but still no icon in the taskbar or partnership listed in sync center, even though I can work offline/online with the explorer
buttons.  I can confirm that the offline files is working in the background as when I work in offline mode, then create a directory/file locally and then reconnect, I can see the data move to the server.
What is going on?  I am at the stage of completely ditching my machine!

A:Windows 7 Sync Center Taskbar Icon disappeared & no offline files partnership also

I have re-built my computer as I could not live with this issue any longer.  On rebuild it all works as it should, so I do not understand what happened.  Obviously, offline-files still has operational issues that cant be explained, and although
you can turn on verbose logging in event viewer, it is still a technology that still has some way to go in terms of further development.  There is not a real alternative to offline-files, so we will have to make do for the moment.  Don't get me wrong,
it is a step in the right direction from the old XP days, but I think it needs to be improved so that troubleshooting can be made a little easier when things do go wrong.

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Windows Offline files seems to detect a Slow Link transition pretty quickly and changes to offline mode, but it seems rather slow detecting when the Slow Link transitions back to a Fast Link - is there any way to reduce the Slow/Fast Link Detection checking
interval as I can't find a Registry Key that controls this?
ie, if you pull the network, the machine pretty quickly switches to offline mode, but when you re-insert the network it seems to take 2 minutes to detect the re-connection before it switches to online mode.
I would very much like to reduce this 2 minute interval to something more like 15 to 30 seconds - can this be done?
Thanks and Regards

A:Windows Offline Files - Is it possible to reduce the Slow Link Detection time interval?

Hello Gary,
I think when PC change to use LAN, it need time to negotiate with Switch port and use time to contact the DHCP server to get the IP information.
Please check the time between you get the IP address information and see all files.
Because based on my test in virtual machines, I disable the network card driver and then add a new test file in the offline folder. Just after my enabling the network driver, the file is sync to the source share folder immediately.
I think it takes 2 minutes is not caused by the configuration in Windows.
Best regards,
Fangzhou CHENFangzhou CHEN
TechNet Community Support

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I have looked through all the similar threads but still couldn't find a solution to this.  We have Windows 7 machines logging into a Windows 2008 AD networks. While on the network, our clients are set to use internal DNS set by DHCP. A few of our
folks have offline files setup on their home drives.  These users can successfully log onto their computers offline.  When they attempt to access their offline files however, they receive the message "The system has detected a possible attempt
to compromise security. Please ensure that you can contact the server that authenticated you" along with the option to provide their credentials. Entering their credentials fails of course. The work around for them is to disconnect from the wireless network
or disable the WLAN card. At that point they can access their offline files.  But as soon as they reboot, they receive the same message.  If they reboot with the WLAN card disabled, they will not receive this message and are able to access their
offline files.  Additionally these users are setup with VPN. If they enable VPN, the issue is corrected and they can again access their offline files.

We've attempted removing and rejoining to AD, removing their user profiles and completely rebuilding the laptop from scratch. It appears when the laptop is connected to a wireless network, it wants to contact our AD network. The articles below haven't offered
a solution.  

http://support.micr... Read more

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I can setup offline folders on a Windows 2000 Pro client so the files are available when offline.

Is it possible to configure offline folders so that even when the computer is connected to the network the offline folder is still used.

What we want to acheive is for the notebook user to always use a local copy of their data but to also have an up to date copy on the server.

If i need to clarify anything or provide more details then please let me know.



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Hello all, 
I've deployed  Offline files through group policy and setted up slow link when connection speed is below 10Gbps, just everytime.
Folder si offline but when I add new file the file is synced to server within 10 or 20 minutes. I've checked last sync interval but it didn't change. It isn't same as time when file was uploaded to server. Last sync was eq. 16:00 but file was uploaded at
Folder is still offline. How is it possible?
THank you.

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My offline files seems to work offline all the time, even when it shows me being online. I sync most of my business files to my laptop for working at home at night.

When I edit a file from my Win 7 (pro, 64-bit) laptop, then go to edit it again, I get the version I had changed, but no one else does. This is causing huge difficulty, because my employees will start working in a sales forecast spreadsheet after I reconnect to the network and supposedly sync, but they don't get the latest version. Even doing a manual sync seems to make no difference.

It seems that if someone else edits something on the network share, it does update to my laptop, but when I update something, it doesn't transfer so that everyone else can use it?

Where should we begin looking?

A:Offline files doen't update files changed locally

It may help if you enable transparent caching which can be enabled through Group Policy. I'm not sure this is the same problem but it seems to apply to your problem.

Windows 7 introduces a new feature for Offline Files & Folders called “Transparent Caching”. With transparent caching, the first time a user opens a file in a shared folder, Windows 7 reads the file from the server and then stores it in a cache on the computer’s hard disk drive.

The second and subsequent times a user reads the same file, Windows 7 retrieves the cached file from disk instead of reading it from the server. To provide data integrity, Windows 7 always contacts the server to ensure the cached copy is up-to-date.

The cache is never accessed if the server is unavailable and updates to the file are always written directly to the server. Transparent Caching is not enabled by default and can be enabled through Group Policy at Computer configuration | Administrative Templates | Network | Offline Files | Enable Transparent Caching.

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Offline files - Unable to make ..... Files of this type cannot be made available offline.
I am trying to figure out what to do. It is a word document for address labels. When we go to shut down the computer the sync comes on and then stops with this error message. What can I do to get this to stop coming up? Thanks.

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Offline files - Unable to make ..... Files of this type cannot be made available offline.
I am trying to figure out what to do. It is a word document for address labels. When we go to shut down the computer the sync comes on and then stops with this error message. What can I do to get this to stop coming up? Thanks.

A:Offline files - Unable to make files of this type

Start here; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/252509

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I already searched through alot of threads but could not find anyone having the exact same issue.
We have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1 which is hosting a DFS Namespace.
A customer of us works with his notebook (Win 7 SP 1) and has enabled Offline Files for his personal folder
in the DFS path. The initial synchronisation seemed to work and no sync errors are reported in Sync Center.

Now the problem is, everytime he opens a document from his DFS path and saves it, a .tmp file gets
created there and doesnt disappear. Not even after reboot. As far as i know it happens with Word, Excel and PDF documents.

If I log on to the server and browse to his path, i cannot see those .tmp files, only he can see it.
If I try to delete those files from his notebook I get an error "File is no longer located in... Verify the itemīs location and try again".
What I have tried so far:
If Offline Files get disabled, those .tmp files disappear. On activating they are visible again.
Tried "Delete temporary files" from Sync Center -> Manage Offline Files -> Disk Usage. Nothing happened.
I tried to repair Office, didnīt help.
The only Group Policy Settings we have relating to Offline Files are "Synchronize all offline files before logging off"
and "Allow or Disallow use of the Offline Files Feature" which is enabled.

Would be nice if someone can get me into the right direction to fix this issue.
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I have been fighting a problem for years that I may finally have a clue about. If you access a network resource, turn on offline flies for any file or folder, and do not save your authentication to that remote system -- Offline Files will
never allow that system to prompt you for authentication ever again.
I have a Windows 7 Pro installation on a laptop that switches networks very often and I've tried to use Offline files to manage file access while I'm off of a particular network. The laptop is not joined to a domain and access remote files through UNC shares
like \\computer\share.

Typically what I experience is that after connecting to the network, Sync Center Offline Files refuses to acknowledge the remote system is available. All synced files that you've made offline can be accessed, but non-synced files are inaccessible. I can
ping the system successfully, and I can access the share from another computer confirming it is
absolutely operating and available. Sync Center > Offline files shows the system as "Disconnected:"

"Work Online" disappears and no longer becomes an option when browsing the offline folders in question. There is absolutely no way to convince sync center it can reconnect even though it can.

I think I discovered the underlying problem after throwing my hands up and turning off online files permanently. As soon as I disabled offline files, rebooted, and tried to access the same network resource -- I got a username /... Read more

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Hi Everyone,

I have a work laptop (Windows 7) - and whilst I use the laptop at work I have a network drive mapped. On the mapped drive there is a folder that specifically contains my personal work files, e.g.: Excel, Word, etc. Effectively my "Documents" folder is located on the server.

I have right clicked on the mapped folder that contains my personal files and selected "Always Available Offline".

On several occassions I have taken my laptop home, and the personal files that I usually access at work have been available.

However on more than one occassion now I have taken the laptop home and the personal files haven't been available. It seems like my laptop is "forgetting" that it should be keeping a copy of my personal files for offline use.

Has anybody else experienced random "offline file" availability issues with Windows 7? If so any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


P.S.: I can re-sync the files through "Sync Center" in Control Panel when I am at work, however sometimes I forget to do this, and I was also under the impression that I shouldn't have to.

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I get the same problem as with windows 7 with offline files. A grey "X" on some user home drives (even on one desktop). I know how to fix with the formatdatabase registry entry however I would like to know the cause and is there a domian fix \
GPO script to fix. Is the registry fix deleting the cache - if so a GPO will actually delete all offline files in order to force the fix.
The solution in the windows 7 forum work for winows 8.1 not sure why this was not fix in the OS!?
Any help is much appreciated! Thanks Rick.

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We have few laptops (windows 7 pro) for sales rep and Offline file enable to sync their documents which are on SBS 2011 server.
I don't know why it try to sync some other users (My video , My music , etc ) files and error says "access denied" or

“The Process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process”

we have tried many times and confirm there's no one using those files but still same error
I found this article on forumbut not sure how much this valid to SBS 2011, and if it's known issue why not there's fix patch yet from Microsoft

On the 2003 server I had to ADD this reg entry and set it to 0:
OplocksDisabled REG_DWORD 0 or 1
Default: 0 (not disabled)

And then Changed this entry to 1:

EnableOplocks REG_DWORD 0 or 1
Default: 1 (enabled)



A:Offline file sync try to sync other user files and folder and failed with access denied or files already in use

Hi Scott
I found the problem and use following method to fix it
1) Check SBS group policy
2) Check permission on CSC folders (I delete all folder under this folder and check permission on this folder)
3) Reinitialize Cache database, there are different method but i use following
And finally restart PC

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Hi there,

I have redirected "documents" folder to point our local storage.
Two windows 7 ultimate computers are connected to same location ex.: \\file-server\common-files\

When "computer1" save word, excel, or power point files in \\file-server\common-files\test\test.doc "computer2" see that file with the name like HU87GH.TMP
The file size is correct, however, the file remains unusable from computer2.

What could be the probl?m?

Many thanks for your time.

A:offline files - .TMP files generated

Is the network location a NAS (synology, qnap etc) ?

I have the same problem with a Synology DS209+II and I suspect it has to do with Windows not being able to communicate properly with samba shares, even though the newest Firmware (DSM 3.0) explicitly allows you to activate "Support for Windows Offline Files".

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I had a home user come to the office and she was having trouble getting on our network. I turned off off-line files because she doesn't need to sync files to the office on this computer when she comes in anymore on that computer.

Come to find out she was storing all her personal files on the offline drive that we create for each individual here and set it up as offline so files are backed up here in the office.

I have told her to turn off her laptop and do nothing else on it until I look at it. Is there a way to get all those files back that went away when I turned off the offline files? I don't want to do anything until I am sure I make the best move knowing that once those deleted files are overwritten on the hard drive they may still be recoverable in some way.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to get these files back on her hard drive. Just to be clear they were all on the offline folder of a network drive. I turned off off-line files and they were never syncronized up to the server before I did it.
Thanks for your help.

A:Offline Files was turned off. Files Gone?

Plug hdd into other pc check it then if not there do file recovery

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