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

This article describes how to change the location of the client-side caching (CSC) folder by configuring the CacheLocation registry value.

Applies to:   Windows 10 - all editions
Original KB number:   937475


You can't 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.


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

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This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

To change the location of the CSC folder, follow these steps.


There is only one cache folder in Windows Vista. Therefore, you don't 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:

  3. Point to New, and then click Key.

  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.


    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.


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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