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Sometimes when syncing Offline Files in XP, things go haywire. No surprises. Stuff just starts to disappear and network drives contain only a partial listing of files, if any at all. You may experience other oddities, too. Yet another Microsoftism. Is that a word? It should be.

To recreate the cache and rebuild the database, add this registry key:

Key Name: FormatDatabase
Key Type: DWORD
Key Value: 1

Reboot. The key will remove itself automatically after performing the operations.

Or from My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > Offline Files tab, hold down CTRL+SHIFT and click the Delete Files button. Yes, then reboot.

I’d like to thank Microsoft for this feature.

About Benjamin Perove

Ben has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises professionally since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Medellin, Colombia.