How to change the location of the CSC folder by configuring the CacheLocation registry value in Windows Vista

How to change the location of the CSC folder by configuring the CacheLocation registry value in Windows Vista

Article ID : 937475
Last Review : October 31, 2007
Revision : 4.1
Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure that you back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 (/Feedback.aspx?kbNumber=256986/) Description of the Microsoft Windows registry


You cannot use the Cachemov.exe tool to move the client-side caching (CSC) folder in Windows Vista. However, you can change the location of the CSC folder by configuring the CacheLocation registry value.

Note The CSC folder is the folder in which Windows Vista stores offline files.


Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.To change the location of the CSC folder, follow these steps.

Note There is only one cache folder in Windows Vista. Therefore, you do not have to repeat these steps for additional users.

1. Click Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then press ENTER.
2. Locate the following registry subkey, and then and right-click it:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE System CurrentControlSet Services CSC
3. Point to New, and then click String Value.
4. Type Parameters in the name box for the new key.
5. Right-click the Parameters key, point to New, and then click String Value.
6. To name the new value, type CacheLocation, and then press ENTER.
7. Right-click CacheLocation, and then click Modify.
8. In the Value data box, type the name of the new folder in which you want to create the cache.

Note Use the Microsoft Windows NT format for the folder name.

For example, if you want the cache location to be d: csc, type the following:

?? d: csc
9. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

Note The network administrator can set this value before the computer is on the network or before this value is given to the end-user. In this situation, no content is put in the default location. Additionally, you can set the location of the CSC folder by using a script.

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