The "Prohibit 'Make Available Offline' for these files and folders" Group Policy setting does not remove the "Always available offline" check box on a Windows Vista-based computer

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In an Active Directory domain environment, you configure the "Prohibit 'Make Available Offline' for these files and folders" Group Policy setting to prevent domain users from making files or folders available offline. When this Group Policy setting is applied to a Windows Vista-based client computer, the Always available offline check box is still visible in the Properties dialog box of the network share.

However, when a user tries to make the network share available offline, the action fails. Additionally, the user receives the following error message:
This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the set associations control panel.
Note The Group Policy setting successfully removes the Always available offline check box on a Windows XP-based client computer.
A hotfix is available to resolve this problem. After you apply this hotfix on the Windows Vista-based client computer, the Always available offline check box is removed from the Properties dialog box when the "Prohibit 'Make Available Offline' for these files and folders" Group Policy setting is applied.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


There are no prerequisites for installing this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

Registry information

To use one of the hotfixes in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista, x86-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Package_1_for_kb948818~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,93526-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_2_for_kb948818~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,77326-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_3_for_kb948818~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,77326-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,40526-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,36726-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,71126-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,40526-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,43026-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Update.mumNot applicable2,04426-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
X86_20a1684eda4460800dde9f499c29f6e7_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22122_none_59496469304e596d.manifestNot applicable70826-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
X86_bcacbf9fe056f50ad2f1439f92b598ec_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20779_none_dde7dafa5e8e8530.manifestNot applicable70826-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-offlinefiles-shellui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20779_none_aae8395acb14ff60.manifestNot applicable38,43326-Feb-200805:55Not applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-offlinefiles-shellui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22122_none_acfd8596c819533b.manifestNot applicable38,43326-Feb-200806:13Not applicable
Windows Vista, x64-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Amd64_60e05a26f136a1249fd60cce8f734938_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22122_none_bcb98f13bff46a10.manifestNot applicable71226-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Amd64_fb2e8e797c3ba79177aaf9b1e1756063_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20779_none_6f31800c776910fa.manifestNot applicable71226-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Amd64_microsoft-windows-offlinefiles-shellui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20779_none_0706d4de83727096.manifestNot applicable38,47126-Feb-200805:12Not applicable
Amd64_microsoft-windows-offlinefiles-shellui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22122_none_091c211a8076c471.manifestNot applicable38,47126-Feb-200806:44Not applicable
Package_1_for_kb948818~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,94726-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_2_for_kb948818~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,78326-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_3_for_kb948818~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,78326-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,41326-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,37526-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,72126-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,41326-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,43826-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Update.mumNot applicable2,05826-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Windows Vista, IA64-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ia64_5343d22a5a478d09b719b63080ef7fee_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22122_none_eeedeeb158cef139.manifestNot applicable71026-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Ia64_microsoft-windows-offlinefiles-shellui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22122_none_acff298cc8175c37.manifestNot applicable38,45226-Feb-200806:22Not applicable
Package_1_for_kb948818~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~ applicable1,77826-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~ applicable1,40926-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Package_for_kb948818_server~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~ applicable1,43426-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Update.mumNot applicable1,40526-Feb-200817:51Not applicable
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
To configure the "Prohibit 'Make Available Offline' for these files and folders" Group Policy setting, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Network, and then expand Offline Files.
  3. Double-click Prohibit 'Make Available Offline' for these files and folders, and then click Enabled.
  4. Click Show, click Add, and then enter the UNC path of the file or the folder that you do not want the users to access offline.
After the "Prohibit 'Make Available Offline' for these files and folders" Group Policy setting is applied to a client computer, the NoMakeAvailableOffline registry entry is added in the following registry subkey:
This value of the NoMakeAvailableOffline entry is set to 1.

For more information about this registry entry, visit the following Microsoft Web site:For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 948818 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 10:04:43 - Revision: 3.0

Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate

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