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Re-Initialize The Offline Files Cache And Database

I have installed Windows 7 (clean 64-bit) in my desktop. Before that I also upgraded my laptop, which has an offline connection with a shared folder on my desktop. Now, after updating my desktop, there is still an offline folder (inactive/greyed/disconnected) in the sync partnership, which points to the old shared folder on my desktop which does not exist anymore! I cannot get back and delete it since that partition on my desktop is gone. Is there a way to delete this connection from my laptop?

Solution:

The steps given below will suggest you to delete the office line folders:

Method 1:

The Offline Files cache is a folder structure located in the %System Root%\CSC folder, which is hidden by default. The CSC folder, and any files and subfolders it contains, should not be modified directly; doing so can result in data loss and a complete breakdown of Offline Files functionality.

1.In Folder Options, on the Offline Files tab, press CTRL+SHIFT, and then click Delete Files. The following message appears:

The Offline Files cache on the local computer will be re-initialized. Any changes that have not been synchronized with computers on the network will be lost. Any files or folders made available offline will no longer be available offline. A computer restart is required.

If you wish to re-initialize the cache:

2. Click Yes two times to restart the computer.

If the issue persists, then I would suggest you to modify the registry settings and check whether it helps. But before you modify or change registry. I would suggest you to create a restore point and then proceed with the further steps.

To create a restore point follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Open System by clicking the Start button, right-clicking Computer and then clicking Properties.
  • In the left pane, click System protection. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Click the System Protection tab and then click Create.
  • In the System Protection dialog box, type a description and then click Create.

Create a restore point:

 

A restore point is a representation of a stored state of your computer's system files. You can use a restore point to restore your computer's system files to an earlier point in time. Restore points are automatically created by System Restore weekly and when System Restore detects the beginning of a change to your computer, such as when you install a program or a driver.

System image backups stored on hard disks can also be used for System Restore, just like the restore points created by system protection. Even though system image backups contain both your system files and personal data, your data files won't be affected by System Restore.You can create a restore point manually at any time by following the steps below.

  • Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

  • In the left pane, click System protection. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  • Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.

  • In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.

 Method 2

Use Registry Editor

If you cannot access the Offline Files tab, use this method to reinitialize the Offline Files (CSC) cache on the system by modifying the registry. Use this method also to reinitialize the offline files database/client-side cache on multiple systems. Add the following registry sub key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache
Key Name: Format Database
Key Type: DWORD
Key Value: 1

The actual value of the registry key is ignored. This registry change requires a restart. When the computer is restarting, the shell will reinitialize the CSC cache, and then delete the registry key if the registry entry exists.


All cache files are deleted and unsynchronized data is lost.

Use Reg.exe

You can also automate the process of setting this registry value by using the Reg.exe command line editor. To do this, type the following command in the Reg.exe window:

REG.EXE. REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache" /v FormatDatabase /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

 

Modifying REGISTRY settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of REGISTRY settings can be solved. Modifications of these settings are at your own risk.

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