Windows 10: Want to move Offline Files Folder (Windows\CSC)


  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 pro 64
       31 Aug 2015 #1

    Want to move Offline Files Folder (Windows\CSC)


    I tried searching for "offline" in the forum and scanned through the 250 odd titles that came up but could not find reference to relocating the offline files folder. I frequently take an image of the system drive as a backup but, with an ever increasing offline folder (windows\csc), this is getting unworkable so I want to move the folder to my data drive (D:\).

    I've tried using a symbolic link to a folder on the C drive (as I've successfully done with the OneDrive folder) but win10 seems to object and stops working.

    Surprisingly, with google there's loads of references to doing this with previous versions of windows but I can't find anything Win10 specific. Does anybody know of a reliable way of relocating the csc folder?
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  2.    05 Sep 2015 #2

    Yes, there is not a method to do yet. I tried all steps of W7, WIN VISTA!!.
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  3. Posts : 3,429
    EL Capitan
       06 Sep 2015 #3

    There is a reason why system folders cannot be moved. You start moving or deleting system folders, you will quickly break the OS.
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  4.    15 Sep 2015 #4

    LucianH said: View Post
    I tried searching for "offline" in the forum and scanned through the 250 odd titles that came up but could not find reference to relocating the offline files folder. I frequently take an image of the system drive as a backup but, with an ever increasing offline folder (windows\csc), this is getting unworkable so I want to move the folder to my data drive (D:\).

    I've tried using a symbolic link to a folder on the C drive (as I've successfully done with the OneDrive folder) but win10 seems to object and stops working.

    Surprisingly, with google there's loads of references to doing this with previous versions of windows but I can't find anything Win10 specific. Does anybody know of a reliable way of relocating the csc folder?

    ....the following works in Windows 10


    Create a folder for your offline file cache. Something like D:\Offline.
    From an elevated command prompt type the following: Takeown /r /f C:\Windows\CSC.
    Open the Sync Center and go to Manage Offline Files.
    Click Disable Offline Files and restart the machine.
    From an elevated command prompt issue the following commands:


    rd /s C:\Windows\CSC
    mklink /J C:\Windows\CSC "D:\Offline"




    Reopen the Manage Offline Files window and Enable Offline Files.


    Restart the machine.
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  5.    01 Nov 2015 #5

    please help :)


    flesheatingbug said: View Post
    ....the following works in Windows 10


    Create a folder for your offline file cache. Something like D:\Offline.
    From an elevated command prompt type the following: Takeown /r /f C:\Windows\CSC.
    Open the Sync Center and go to Manage Offline Files.
    Click Disable Offline Files and restart the machine.
    From an elevated command prompt issue the following commands:


    rd /s C:\Windows\CSC
    mklink /J C:\Windows\CSC "D:\Offline"




    Reopen the Manage Offline Files window and Enable Offline Files.


    Restart the machine.

    Thank you, but one more help, I followed your steps and it works, but now I want to restore the default sync folder and delete the new folder on D, but I couldn't delete the folder, please help
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  6.    09 Jan 2016 #6

    You created a Junction from the c:\Windows\CSC files to your offline files. I would look at how you delete that. Try google.
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  7.    01 Mar 2016 #7

    I realise that this thread is old, but "flesheaingbug", you're a hero.
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  8.    19 Jan 2017 #8

    May be a dumb question, but I was able to follow the above instructions with no issues. Is there a way to revert back to original windows\csc directory?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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