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Disable offline files in windows 7

In Windows 7, Offline Files can be disabled as per the below steps.

  • Open Control Panel from Start button.
  • Open Sync center (If you don’t see sync center select ‘Small Icons’ in the View by options in the right upper part of Control Panel window.)
  • Now click on ‘Manage offline files’ . This will open offline files window where you can configure the operation of offline files.
  • Click on ‘Disable Offline Files’ button.
  • Restart the system to make the change effective.
{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Anonymous February 18, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Thanks a lot..
    that was really Helpful….

  • Anonymous October 20, 2011, 11:53 am

    Solved my problems!

  • Warren January 6, 2016, 2:54 pm

    Your instructions are no longer valid.
    on every new wnidows 7 install. The disable offline cache button is disabled. As if microsoft no longer wishes anyone to be able to disable offline caching.

    The method you describe no longer works. Please update.


    • Matt M February 1, 2016, 9:22 pm

      This works fine as long as you have access, if you do not see this option that generally means that your system administration has a group policy in place that does not allow you to disable this feature. This still works correctly for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

  • Mendocino September 10, 2019, 6:53 pm

    Thank you very much for the information.

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