Offline Files and Folders, the 2 GB limit!

April 12, 2006

offline folder dialog

One of our smaller clients has a requirement for a central location for there company files. This allows co-workers to share files easily. They also need the ability to access these files at home or on the road when out of the office. The solution needed to be cheap, quickly setup and minimal of administration.

To solve this issues I set them up using Offline Folder support with Windows XP synchronisation. Every time they logged the laptops on, off or left the laptop idle for 15 minutes Windows XP would sync with the stationary office PC.

All had been going well until the company data went over 2GB (2,000 MB). Now you may think all you need to do is move the slider to increase the amount of space available for offline files? You'd be wrong, try it in Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > Offline Files. Increase the size to over 2 GB of data and click on APPLY > OK. Now go back to the window and you'll see its lost the setting!!!

Microsoft say it's an issue by design! So why let the user think they can allocate the more space to offline files?

Anyway here's the solution:-

1. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
2. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Network, and then click Offline Files.
3. In the right pane, double-click Default cache size.

For more information check out article on the Microsoft Website:-

The value for the “Amount of disk space to use for temporary offline files” option reverts after you make it larger than 2 GB in Windows XP and in Windows 2000 Professional

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Author: Support @ 4:34 pm


  1. hey, it’s not 2GB limit, but 10% of the HDD capacity. Thanks for the help tho! Much appreciated.

    Comment by SELiCE — May 17, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  2. It’s not 10% of HHD capacity as I was encountering the same 2GB limit on a 120gb HDD

    Comment by Rob — September 9, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

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