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Every time I logoff or shutdown my pc at work, I get the following dialog:


It is clearly a synchronization of some sort, it shows the path to the remote folder which is located in a PC in another department, I tried to check that folder physically but the owner of the machine would not help and he said something like "this machine has important files and I can not let you touch it". Now how do I reach the settings of this synchronization and know which files it's been synchronizing since ages? and how to I stop it?

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If this is your machine at work, ask your sysadmin, it is clearly something that he/she has set up. – terdon Oct 1 '13 at 15:07
@terdon I asked, they said they do not do such a thing.. – user165733 Oct 1 '13 at 15:07
@HaLaBi - Contact your IT department and ask this how to stop the synchronization. Of course they might have set it up for a reason. Looking into this feature I found lots of google results with possible solutions. What have you tried that didn't work? Ask your sysadmin is help you figure out how to disable it. – Ramhound Oct 1 '13 at 15:09
This machine is in other department. I called the IT and the guy told me they are not allowed to do such a thing. So it is not done by the IT. I should open a ticket for them to check it... – user165733 Oct 1 '13 at 15:11
When things that appear dubious are happening on your work PC, and IT says they shouldn't be, you shouldn't have to open a ticket, because they should already be all over that at that point. But if they are not (the old put clueless folks on the help desk scheme), by all means open a ticket. Or call the head of IT, or his boss. Somebody, somewhere is up to something they should not be - or the guy on the help desk is really out of the loop. Regardless, get it checked out pronto. – Ecnerwal Oct 1 '13 at 17:27
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You can read here about using "Offline Files".

You don't have to have access to that computer.
You can browse on your own computer via "Network" to that computer and folder.

  • You can enter \\MACHINENAME\folder in the address-bar and press enter
    (or browse via "Network" to this computer/folder.
  • Go one level higher (so you can Right-Click that folder)
  • un-check Make Available Offline

Now those files won't synchronize anymore at logoff.

Edit: If you don't use "Offline Files" I would disable it completely so this won't happen accidentally in the future (after doing the above):

  • Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  • On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  • Click the Offline Files-tab.
  • un-check the Enable Offline Files check box, and then click OK.
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