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Is there a way to extract files from the c:\windows\csc folder in Windows 7 professional?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

You can download the CSCCMD tool v1.1 from Microsoft Support (or try finding it on the Internet may be easier), and then follow the following support document from Microsoft using the /Extract switch (The syntax is near the bottom).

for example: csccmd /EXTRACT /RECURSE /TARGET:c:\csc-files

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YOu can get the tool here: or here: – KCotreau Jul 6 '11 at 17:07
Very useful info! Thanks KCotreau! – Ruairi Fullam Jul 6 '11 at 17:32
Thanks for the warm welcome, if we join our forces we can solve every tech problem EVER! ;) It is addicting though, racking up the points, I'll have a beer when I hit the 1000 mark! :) – Ruairi Fullam Jul 6 '11 at 18:39
@Ruairi Fullam LOL too. I have only been a member for 36 days now. :) I want 20K. – KCotreau Jul 6 '11 at 18:51
I'm sorry, the file you link to does not work in Windows 7 professional: the ordinal 54 could not be located in the dynamic link library CSCDLL.dll – jao Jul 6 '11 at 20:29

Working Solution

On the command line:

vssadmin List Shadows

This will show you a list of your shadow copies (the shadow of the CSC folder will not be locked). Look for and copy the highest numbered original address.

Secondly we make a link to the shadow copy:

mklink /D C:\LatestShadow \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy417\

The rightmost part of that should be the original address you copied before

Next use robocopy to get all the files out of the cache

mkdir C:\CSC_copy
robocopy C:\LatestShadow\Windows\CSC C:\CSC_copy /E /COPY:DT

You should end up with a copy of all the cache files in C:\CSC_Copy.

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