Monday, October 27, 2008

Resetting Offline Files in Windows Vista

If you have a need to completely blow away the Offline Files cache contents due to corruption, confusion or sheer frustration, the following steps will achieve this:

Run regedit

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC

Create a new key and name it Parameters

Inside Parameters, create a new DWORD value; name it FormatDatabase

Give FormatDatabase a value of 0x1

Restart your computer.

Unlike Disable Offline Files in the Offline Files Control Panel applet, this process will completely wipe out any Offline Files and any offline changes you have made. This should be a change of last resort. Make sure you have a backup before you perform this action!

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