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Define Default Offline Files Cache Size on Windows 7 Computer

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

When a user works with offline files Windows 7 by default caches the files on the system drive of local hard disk. Default size that is consumed by the caching of offline files is 10% of the total drive. In some cases however administrators may want to reduce or increase this limitation as per the requirements of the organizations or homes. As an administrator if you want to modify this setting you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Logon to the computer with administrator account.
  2. Click on Start button.
  3. At the bottom of start menu in search box type gpedit.msc and press enter key.
  4. On Local Group Policy Editor snap-in under Computer Configuration expand Administrative Templates and expand Network.
  5. From the expanded list click on Offline Files and from the right pane double click on Default cache size.
  6. On the opened box select Enabled radio button and in the Options section in available text box specify the amount of disk space you want to assign for caching of offline files. Pattern to be used is: 1500 = 15% (15.00%) 2050 = 20.5% (20.50%).
  7. Once done click on Ok button to accept and confirm your configuration and close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in.
  8. Open Command Prompt and the command window type gpupdate /force to update your computer with latest settings.
  9. Close Command Prompt.