What is Offline Files?
Offline Files is a built-in sync feature in Windows 7/8/10, which works with Sync Center. It aims to make network files and folders available offline when you are not connected to the network.
Offline files are stored in system drive：Windows\CSC folder by default. But you still can change offline files location.
Why do you want to disable offline files?
Offline Files is very useful for you to access network resource while offline. But some users still want to disable offline files in Windows. Here are some reasons:
1. Offline files synchronization does not finish in Windows 7. In general, this error will occur in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 when you start offline files sync. And you may receive an error message: the specified network name is no longer available.
2. There are too many conflicts when you sync offline files. If the file sync process has conflicts, the remaining offline files will be canceled.
3.Offline files cannot be activated. In general, you need to restart your computer after you enable offline files. But you still see the message “Offline files is enabled but not yet active. Restart this computer to activate Offline Files” after you restart your computer again and again.
4. Certain files will not be synced. By default, some files with file extension like .mdb, .ldb, .mdw cannot be synced.
5. Always available offline not working in windows 7. After you enable offline file folder, you still need to go to the mapped network drive and make the network files offline. But you cannot see always available offline option in the context menu after you right-click the specified files or folders.
As you can see from above, Offline Files is not perfect. It still has limitations. Thus, users cannot use securely. To avoid the unexpected problems, the best way is to turn off Offline Files in Windows 7.
How to disable offline files in windows 7?
To disable offline files, see below.
Step 1. TypeSync Center in the search box, and select it from the context menu.
Step 2. Click Manage offline files under the Sync Center window.
Step 3. Click Disable offline files in the Offline Files window.
Step 4. Restart your computer. If you do not restart your computer, this operation will not activate.
As mentioned above, Offline Files is not perfect. It has limitations. Want a better way? you can try free file sync software AOMEI Backupper Standard. It still can satisfy your needs.
Better way to sync files in Windows 7
File sync software: AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper is a free software, which offers you a useful feature called File Sync. It can help you sync files or folders without effort. And the steps are very easy, even for a beginner.
In File Sync, you have right to select any files. And you still can sync your files on a regular basis, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event-trigger. Also, you can monitor your files. Once your files are changed, this software will sync the changed files immediately. Besides, you can choose to sync files to Network drive, cloud drive like OneDrive, Google Drive, external hard drive, etc.
Detailed steps to sync files
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.
Step 2. Click File Sync under the Backup tab.
Step 3. Select files you want to sync. You can click Add Folder > Browse > Computer or other location to select the specified files.
Step 4. Select a path for your files. You can click Step 2or thedrop-down menu at the right side, then select a path.
Note: For the destination path, you have various options. You can choose a path on this computer. And you can choose a cloud drive or network path. Also, you can use an external storage device like USB flash drive. But you need to plug it into your computer ahead of time.
Step 5. Set up settings for this operation. You can click Schedule at the bottom of this window, then select whatever you like.
Note: If you want to monitor the change of your files, you can choose Real-time Sync. Once the files in the original path are changed, this software will sync only changed files automatically.
Step 6. Back to the File Sync window and click Start Sync.
If you are troubled by Windows 7 offline files sync problems, you can disable offline files in Windows 7 and sync files with the alternative software free AOMEI Backupper.
All the operation is very easy. And you can sync your files day by day, week by week. Besides, you still can monitor your files via Real-time Sync. Once you enable this feature, AOMEI Backupper will sync the changed files automatically after your files are changed.