Re-initialize offline files cache in Windows XP and Windows 7

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Offline cache files are located in a hidden %SystemRoot%\CSC folder. You should not touch these files manually though.

Windows XP

To re-initiate offline files cache in Windows XP
Open Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > Offline Files > hold CTRL + SHILT and press Delete Files.
Re-initiate offline files cache in Windows XP

Windows 7

Above unfortunately doesn’t work in Windows 7.
In Windows 7 you can re-initiate offline cache via a small registry change.

Open regedit.exe and navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC\Parameters
Create new DWORD type entry:
Name: FormatDatabase
Value: 1
Restart computer
Re-initiate offline files cache in Windows 7

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