I am working with several Windows XP Pro, SP2 laptops on a 2003 ADS domain. Every laptop is missing the Offline Files tab in Tools - Folder options. I have not checked the desktops yet... was more concerned about the laptops at the time.
I went into the Users icon to make sure Fast User Switching wasn't enabled and it wasn't. It looked like someone had previously disabled it before I got my hands on the laptops (the person who installed the OS on the laptops).
So then I thought it might have be a system policy from the server.. I found a policy that was in place, but not yet configured - all options were set to 'Not Configured'. I went in and ENABLED the policies that seemed like they would make the Offline Files WORK on the Laptops (enabling the user to make changes to offline settings, etc) but that did nothing (after a re-log into the domain).
So I totally removed the policy (I can re-create it, if needed).
I am not even sure if that's what caused it or if that's even related to the problem, but I thought it was worth mentioning since there are like 4 laptops that all exhibit the same behavior.
One more strange thing I noticed is that when I went into the Users icon, the option for "Require users to press CTRL-ALT-DEL for login" was GREYED out.. indicating it had been nerfed by a system policy perhaps?? Another reason why I think this problem might be policy related, but I'm still not sure.. which is why I am asking on here.
Assistance is apprecaited - thanks in advance.