One major disappointment after Vista Home Premium upgrade - No Offline Files RRS feed

  • Question

  • So I finally decided to toss in that Express Upgrade CD Dell sent me a while back to upgrade from XP Pro to Home Premium on my Laptop - primarily because I saw there were more WHS features available with Vista.

    After getting everything loaded, I of course moved my Documents, Pictures and Music locations to where theyre all stored on WHS - just as I did with my XP setup previously.  I then spent the next hour trying to find where Vista decided to hide the Offline Files settings only to finally realize this feature isnt available in the "Home" editions.

    Now I know its my own fault that I didnt put the research in and should have known about this sooner and all that, but this feature just seemed like no brainer.  I also realize this is a Windows Home Server forum, not Vista, but I just can't believe there wasnt a forethought when designing Vista and WHS.

    Not having Offline Files available for laptops defeats the main purpose WHS is marketed for - one central place for all your media.  Now Im forced to either keep some files on my Laptop and some of my Server or a copy on each and use some third party program to ensure theyre kept in sync.

    Dont get me wrong, I still love WHS and Im even starting to come around with Vista as well, but this discovery was certainly a major disappointment.

    Thursday, June 14, 2007 3:32 PM

All replies

  • I HAVE offline files and I did not like the headache I was running into trying to keep everything in Sync (I wanted a centered mydoc's for laptop/desktop) What i have been using is MS Foldershare (https://www.foldershare.com/) It keeps my documents in sync between my desktop and my laptop and than my WHS keeps both those computers (with documents) backed up. It's a better system in my opinion since they they are allways the same as long as you have a internet connection and you can go back to previous versions via browseing the backup files on the WHS. Thats just my 2 cents. Good luck!


    ps... looks like https://www.foldershare.com/ is down right now

    Thursday, June 14, 2007 4:36 PM
  • timeofcourse,


    Unfortunately you are a victim of what I call a Microsoft  marketing "downgrade."  If you originally had Windows XP Pro, the Express Upgrade should have offered an upgrade to Windows Vista Business as this is truly a comparable upgrade.  Vista Home versions are similar in features and security granularity as XP Home; and, Vista Business versions are similar in features and security granularity as XP Pro.  Check these links out below for additional information...






    If you have the option, go back to XP Pro, otherwise, try to get Vista Business.


    Good luck,



    Friday, June 15, 2007 4:53 PM
  • Yust right-click on the folder on WHS to select 'Make available Offline'

    This should do the trick.


    Or better, redirect the location of your Documents folder to a subfolder onder your personal WHS folder.




    Friday, June 15, 2007 7:30 PM
  • Hans-
    Offline Files isnt available in either of the Home editions for Vista - so this isnt possible.

    Thanks for the reply.   I wish I had done a little more research on what exactly is missing from Home Premium.  Another big one Im really going to miss is Remote Desktop.  I just cant believe Microsoft decided to remove these features out of their primary OS - of course I guess they needed a little more than "Ultimate Extras" to make Ultimate a more enticing choice.  Im going to see if Dell will let me swap for Business as it has everything I want and really could care about the things its missing.  Although I doubt theyll honor this after Ive already loaded it.

    Thanks again.
    Friday, June 15, 2007 9:39 PM
  • Hello,


    I'm a little bit embarassed on my remark on Offline FIles. I have only experience with Vista Business and Ulltimate.


    You can use Microsoft's free SyncToy to do the job.



    Kind regards,



    Monday, June 18, 2007 5:21 PM