12 Feb 10 Restore Windows Offline files using CSCCMD.EXE

If you ever have to restore offline files on a crashed computer because they were not synchronized with the network share you can do so utilizing csccmd.exe. You have to get this tool directly from Microsoft or it is also on Windows 2003 Resrouce Kit Tools.

  • On the crashed computer copy the “CSC” folder from “C:\windows\CSC” folder to a working computer.
  • Put the folder on the new computer in exactly the same spot, i.e; C:\WINDOWS\.
  • Also put the csccmd.exe file in C:\WINDOWS\ folder.
  • Create a folder some where on your C Drive like C:\RECOVER.
  • Now run the utility like this: csccmd /extract /target:C:\RECOVER /recurse. It will extract all the files from the CSC folder to the new location.
  • That is it and you are done. Now you have all the offline files from the crashed PC

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