Moving the Offline Folders Cache

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 14 April 2011 / Last Updated on 10 Feb. 2010]

How do you move the CSC folder to another location on a Windows 7 computer?

How do you move the CSC folder to another location on a Windows 7 computer?

The default location of the Offline Folders cache is %systemroot%\csc. If you need to move this cache to another location on your computer for some reason, follow these steps:

1. Set the following REG_DWORD registry key to a value of 1:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC\Parameters\MigrationParamters

Doing this ensures that all items in the cache are migrated (the default behavior is to migrate only dirty items).

2. Run the Windows Easy Transfer wizard. Once the data has been scanned, a Customize link is displayed. Click this link and make sure that Windows Settings is checked for all items displayed in the list.

3. Once you have collected the data, set the following String registry key to specify the new cache location:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC\Parameters\CacheLocation

For example, to move the cache to a folder named CSCCache on your D: drive, specify the following value:

\??\D:\CSCCache

4. Now reboot your computer, run the Easy Transfer wizard again and apply the previously gathered files. Then reboot one more time when prompted by the wizard.

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