Top 6 Ways to Fix Windows 7 Offline Files Not Working Problem

March 29, 2019

How to fix Windows 7 offline files not working problem? This guide provides 6 methods to help you fix it.

Windows 7 Offline Files Sync Problems You May Meet

The Offline Files sync feature helps you make a copy of the network files/folders and save them on your computer. It lets you access network files anytime even when your computer is not connected to the network.

However, at present, you just find that the Offline Files not working on your Windows 7 computer. In fact, you are not the only one that meets the Windows 7 Offline Files sync problems. Many other users also report it now and then, and here are some of the most common issues related to Windows 7 Offline Files:

  • Offline Files cannot be activated in Windows.

  • Access is denied.

  • Offline folders that cannot sync.

  • Cannot see the content of a network folder.

  • Windows 7 offline files not syncing automatically.

Which of the above problems do you meet? Just keep reading to get the exact solution to fix the Windows 7 Offline Files not syncing/working problem.

Solutions to Windows 7 Offline Files Sync Problems

Solution 1. Fix Offline Files cannot be activated in Windows

When you click Enable offline files, a message says that: Offline Files is enabled but not yet active. Restart this computer to active Offline Files. But the problem still exists after you have restarted the computer multiple times.

Here’s the method to fix this Windows 7 offline files not working problem. Click Disable offline files > Restart your computer > Delete the CSC folder (C:/Windows/CSC) > Click Enable offline files > Restart your PC.

Solution 2. Fix access is denied

The “Access is denied on almost every file” error may happen when you tend to make some directories available offline. To fix it, you can go to Start > type Sync Center and click it > select Manage offline files on the left side > click Encryption and choose Unencrypt and click OK.

Choose Unencrypt

Solution 3. Fix Offline Folders cannot sync

It constantly gives you the error saying that another process is accessing the files so syncing cannot continue? Follow the steps below to fix this Windows 7 offline files not syncing problem.

Step 1. Backup all the user’s data on the server. The data that need to be backed up refers to the data is not syncing.

Step 2. Backup all the user’s data on the client device. Also, it’s the data that is not syncing.

Step 3. Delete the user’s data (the data that is not syncing) on the server.

Step 4. Copy the backup data from the client to the server. And then delete the data from the client.

Step 5. Go to Sync Center and click the Sync button to restart the syncing process to have a try.

Solution 4. Fix cannot see the content of a network folder

You find the Windows 7 offline files not syncing because you just cannot see the content of a network folder. The contents of the folder are only displayed partially. Here are the detailed steps to fix it.

Step 1. Go to Start and type Sync Center in the search bar and click it.

Step 2. Click Manage Offline Files > Select Disk Usage > Choose Delete temporary files option.

Delete Temporary Files

Solution 5. Fix Windows 7 Offline Files not syncing automatically

When you log back to the network, the folder does not automatically sync with the network folder. In other words, the background synchronization is just not working.

To fix this Windows 7 offline files not syncing automatically problem, you can check if there is a network issue and if there is restrictive NTFS permissions on the server. And then go to check the settings of the network in Offline Files:

Step 1. Go to Control Panel > Type Sync Center in the search bar and open it.

Step 2. Click Manage offline files > Choose Network option.

Step 3. Confirm the On slow connections, automatically work offline box is checked.

Check Network

Solution 6. Fix Windows 7 Offline Files Sync Problems with free file sync software

If all the above methods cannot help you fix the Windows 7 Offline Files not working problem, maybe you can have a try on a free file sync tool named AOMEI Backupper to help you sync files.

  • It can help you sync files from the network to a local computer and also sync files to the network share or NAS, internal hard drive and external storage device.

  • It lets you set a backup schedule, and it will automatically sync the files everyday/weekly/monthly.

Here are the detailed steps to sync files from network to the computer.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click Backup and then choose File Sync.

Select File Sync

Step 3. Name the task > Click Add Folder > Browse > Share/NAS > Find and choose the folders or files that you want to sync to your computer.

Select Folder

Step 4. Choose the destination and click Schedule to create a schedule task. Click Start Sync to confirm.

Start Sync

Notes:

1. You can also set email notification to remind you the sync task is completed successfully. Just click Sync Options to make it.

2. There are other three features called Event triggers, USB plug in and Real-time Sync in Schedule. There are available in AOMEI Backupper Professional. If you are interested in, you can download the free trial version to explore it by yourself.

Conclusion

That’s all for how to fix the Windows 7 offline files sync problems. Hope it can help you. And if you still cannot fix the Offline Files sync problems, maybe you can have a try on AOMEI Backupper. It can help you sync files in Windows 7 without effort. In addition, it also can help you backup your disks, system, partitions and files/folders to keep your data safe.