How to change the location of the CSC folder by configuring the CacheLocation registry value in Windows Vista

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INTRODUCTION

You cannot use the Cachemov.exe tool to move the client-side caching (CSC) folder in Windows Vista. However, you can change the location of the CSC folder by configuring the CacheLocation registry value.

Note The CSC folder is the folder in which Windows Vista stores offline files.

MORE INFORMATION

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To change the location of the CSC folder, follow these steps.

Note There is only one cache folder in Windows Vista. Therefore, you do not have to repeat these steps for additional users.
  1. Click Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate the following registry subkey, and then and right-click it:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC
  3. Point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type Parameters in the name box for the new key.
  5. Right-click the Parameters key, point to New, and then click String Value.
  6. To name the new value, type CacheLocation, and then press ENTER.
  7. Right-click CacheLocation, and then click Modify.
  8. In the Value data box, type the name of the new folder in which you want to create the cache.

    Note Use the Microsoft Windows NT format for the folder name.

    For example, if you want the cache location to be d:\csc, type the following:
    \??\d:\csc
  9. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
Note The network administrator can set this value before the computer is on the network or before this value is given to the end-user. In this situation, no content is put in the default location. Additionally, you can set the location of the CSC folder by using a script.

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For more information about how to move the offline files cache in Windows Vista, visit the following Web site:
http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/archive/2006/12/12/moving-the-offline-files-cache-in-windows-vista.aspx

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Article ID: 937475 - Last Review: July 14, 2009 - Revision: 5.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
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