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Delete or Reinitialize offline files cache in Windows XP
Geplaatst door Richard van Vliet Aan 17 October 2013 02:39 PM

On Windows XP/2003 machines we can delete or reinitialize offline files/CSC cache in any of the following ways.

Through User Interface :

  • Open My computer from start menu
  • Click on Tools
  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select Offline Files tab
  • Press CTRL+Shift and click on Delete Files.  

By changing the registry: 

  • Add a new value named FormatDatabase of type REG_DWORD under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache.
  • Assign 1 to this new registry value.
From command line, you can do it as below.

REG ADD HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache /v FormatDatabase /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Cache will not be reset with every reboot of the machine as the FormatDatabase value will be deleted from the registry after the first reboot.

Note that in both the methods we need to reboot the machine to clear the cache.

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