- When you try to access redirected folders, you receive the following error message:\\servername\Username\sharename is currently unavailable.
- The Documents, Pictures, Music, and Desktop folders are not visible.
Method 1: Log off, and then log on againWindows Explorer uses the Well-Known folder cache. The Well-Known folder cache is initialized during logon. When you log off and then log on again, Windows rebuilds the cache. At this point, you can apply Group Policy settings correctly. Additionally, the cache is populated correctly.
Note For more information about Group Policy settings and about the Well-known folder cache, see the "More information" section.
Method 2: Wait for 12 minutesThe default update interval for the Well-Known folder cache is 12 minutes. To gain access to the redirected folders, wait for the 12-minute update interval to end.
Method 3: Decrease the update intervalYou can change the registry to decrease the update interval for the Well-Known folder cache.
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- Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
- Locate and then click the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
- On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
- Type KnownFolderSettings, and then press ENTER.
- Right-click KnownFolderSettings, point to New, click DWORD Value, and then type CachetimeoutSuccess.
- Right-click CachetimeoutSuccess, and then click Modify.
- In the Value Data field, type a value from 0 to 720000 milliseconds (ms).
Note The CachetimeoutSuccess registry value controls the time-out for cache entries that are populated successfully when the cache is built. We recommend that you set this value to the maximum value of 720000 ms (12 minutes) except when you have to configure the cache to repopulate the settings more frequently. Decreased values may cause an increase in processor and network load. (This increased load is associated with Windows Explorer.)
- Right-click KnownFolderSettings, point to New, click DWORD Value, and then type CachetimeoutFailure.
- Right-click CachetimeoutFailure, and then click Modify.
- In the Value Data field, type a value from 0 to 720000 ms.
Note The CachetimeoutFailure registry value controls the time-out for cache entries that are not populated successfully when the cache is built. We recommend that you set this value to 60000 ms. When you do this, Windows Explorer tries to repopulate failed cache entries after 1 minute. This time frame is sufficient for the Workstation service to complete the initialization process.
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Windows Explorer optimizes Well-Known folder lookups by caching the Well-Known folders and their locations. Queries are performed against the cache, and the location is then returned to the application or to Windows Explorer.
When you use folder redirection, you receive the folder redirection settings from Group Policy. This process cannot occur unless the Workstation service has started. If the Workstation service has not started, the Well-Known folder cache is unavailable. This causes queries for redirected folder locations to fail. Additionally, the cache remains unavailable until the next update. By default, this cache is updated every 12 minutes (after the cache is first initialized and built during logon).
Article ID: 951049 - Last Review: Sep 11, 2011 - Revision: 1