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How to Make Entire Folder Tree Available Offline in Windows 7?

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

When Windows is installed and is in its default configuration it always asks the users to make sub-folders available offline whenever they try to configure the offline availability of any parent folder. This allows users to choose the appropriate option as per their requirements. However in some cases administrators or home users may want to make the entire folder tree available offline by default that is every time any folder is configured to be available offline. As an administrator you can configure Windows group policy settings to do so by following 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 Subfolders always available offline.
  6. On the opened box select Enabled radio button and click on Ok button to accept and confirm your configuration.
  7. Once done close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in and open Command Prompt.
  8. In the command window type gpupdate /force to update your computer with latest settings.
  9. Close Command Prompt.