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How can I view, and remove, offline files?

We have a few machines that have files cached offline from old servers that no longer exist. How can I remove these?
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MarkMichaelCommented:
Click on My Computer
Click File > Tools > Offline Files
Click The required boxes to delete/turn off offline files from here.

Take Care
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scadieuxCommented:
Here's the official Microsoft article. It also gives you a way to re-initialize the offline files cache and database by using the registry:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/230738
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flyjediAuthor Commented:
Hi MarkMichael,
Thats not quite what I was asking. I need to see the actual cache details, and eliminate trouble files or stale locations.

scadieux,
I'll take a look at the article thanks.
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scadieuxCommented:
The Offline Files cache is a folder structure located in the %SystemRoot%\CSC folder, which is hidden by default.
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flyjediAuthor Commented:
And if I remove files from there, does it stop trying to sync them?
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scadieuxCommented:
hmm it's where they are located but you won't be able to browse them. What you should do is:

To view your offline files
1. Open My Computer
 
2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
 
3  On the Offline Files tab, click View Files.
 
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scadieuxCommented:
Will you still be using offline files with other servers? If not folow previous instructions but on the Offline Files tab uncheck Enable offline files.

If you stil want to use offline files but want to avoid having it trying to sync with a non-existent server then you can do it by editing your registry. Let me know if that's what you want to do and i'll get back to you with the entries to lookup and delete.
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scadieuxCommented:
If you delete files from there it is not gonna stop it from trying to sync. You either have to disable offline files or edit your registry to remove entries that makes your computer try to sync with that unavailable location.
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scadieuxCommented:
Ok, once you're reviewed your offline file and you want it to stop trying to sync with a specific location, open the registry editor (regedit.exe) and browse to the 4 following entries:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache\AssignedOfflineFolders]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache\Shares]

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-XXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXX\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCacheAssignedOfflineFolders]

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-XXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXX\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache\Shares]

(of course the X's will be replaced by your user ID)
then delete all references to the old location. Reboot your computer and it should stop trying to sync.
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flyjediAuthor Commented:
Your last comment looks like the ideal solution. I'll test it out tomorrow and let you know.

Thanks
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