How to force windows to work with offline files

Posted on 2006-05-07
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
So basically I want to know if it it possible on a windows xp machine that is running with offline files and while it has a connection to the online files, to force it to go into offline mode?

Mainly this would be really usfull if I'm on a very slow connection and the files are very large, then it would be very handy to force it manually to go into offline mode. I have see ways of changing the defualt speed that the connection will get to before it goes into offline mode but I would rarther be able to just type a command or click a button and to it my self.

Any ideas?
Question by:jamesconvery
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    Hi there jamesconvery,

    unplug the network card.

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    Only joking...  If there is a network connection present the PC will always try to update
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    If you get the csccmd tool from Microsoft you can run a command like the following (which you could of course have in  a batch file).
    CSCCMD /DISCONNECT: \\MyServer\MyShare

    See for more

    CSCCMD is a phone-and-beg tool from MS, so you have to do that (or search Google for a copy someone has already downloaded)
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    you can get CSCCMD as part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools


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    You can, although it's an older version. I don't know whether that will work in that version.
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    In internet explorer, all you do is click File -- work offline -- and it will indeed work OFFLINE, until you set it to work ONLINE again.  Remember, in offline mode, it will not look on the internet, only to your local downloaded files.
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    Author Comment

    Fantastic that does exactly what I was after.

    Cheers Guys,


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