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Roman
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:30 pm    Post subject: What is MSOCache?
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There was a hidden folder called "MSOCache". In the folder, there were
tons of cab files. Total size of the MSO Cache was about 300 MB. What is
MSO Cache?
Can I delete it without affecting WinXP Pro? Roman
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: What is MSOCache? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Roman wrote:
> There was a hidden folder called "MSOCache". In the folder, there
> were tons of cab files. Total size of the MSO Cache was about 300
> MB. What is MSO Cache?
> Can I delete it without affecting WinXP Pro? Roman

Search using Google!
http://www.google.com/
(How-to: http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/basics.html )

Example:

A search for 'Windows XP MSOCache' brings up:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Windows+XP+MSOCache

Second hit in the list I got there was:
http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/766/xp_what_is_the_msocache_folder_and_how_to_remove_it

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Ramesh, MS-MVP
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What is MSOCache? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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The MSOCache folder contains the Office Setup files, so that to repair/reinstall an Office component, you don't have to insert the Office CD-ROM everytime. If the MSOCache folder is deleted, you'll need to use the Office CD-ROM to repair or reinstall Office components. In addition to the links supplied by Shenan, these may help also:

Prevent accidental deletion of Office Setup Files when using the Disk Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/131/1/

How to recreate the Office 2003 Setup files folder (MSOCache) after deleting it accidentally using Disk Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/167/1/

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Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Roman" wrote in message
There was a hidden folder called "MSOCache". In the folder, there were
tons of cab files. Total size of the MSO Cache was about 300 MB. What is
MSO Cache?
Can I delete it without affecting WinXP Pro? Roman
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Jerry
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: What is MSOCache? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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OK - I read the info in the Google links. The problem is I have Office 2000
Pro upgraded to Office XP Pro so why do I have an MSOCACHE folder? I'm not
running Office 2003. And, Disk Cleanup DID NOT remove the folder.

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote in message

The MSOCache folder contains the Office Setup files, so that to
repair/reinstall an Office component, you don't have to insert the Office
CD-ROM everytime. If the MSOCache folder is deleted, you'll need to use the
Office CD-ROM to repair or reinstall Office components. In addition to the
links supplied by Shenan, these may help also:

Prevent accidental deletion of Office Setup Files when using the Disk
Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/131/1/

How to recreate the Office 2003 Setup files folder (MSOCache) after deleting
it accidentally using Disk Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/167/1/

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Roman" wrote in message

There was a hidden folder called "MSOCache". In the folder, there were
tons of cab files. Total size of the MSO Cache was about 300 MB. What is
MSO Cache?
Can I delete it without affecting WinXP Pro? Roman
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Ramesh, MS-MVP
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: What is MSOCache? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Well.. It appears for Office XP installation also creates the MSOCache folder. It's evident from the following Office article:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011362521033.aspx

<excerpt>
The automatic repair feature of Office XP is dependent on the availability of the MSI cached to the user's computer. If the MSI file is deleted, is corrupt, was moved, or is the wrong version for the installed edition of Office, Windows Installer fails to update or correct any faults with the installation. Various error messages appear when this file is not available.

Important To avoid problems with the MSI file, do not delete folders from a hard drive that have a name similer to MSOCACHE. Most likely, the MSI file needed by Office XP and Windows Installer is cached as a hidden file within this folder.
</excerpt>

>> And, Disk Cleanup DID NOT remove the folder.

Disk Cleanup does NOT remove the folder by default. You need to place a checkmark near "Office Setup files" in Disk Cleanup window, in order to clear the MSOCache folder.

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Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Jerry" wrote in message
OK - I read the info in the Google links. The problem is I have Office 2000
Pro upgraded to Office XP Pro so why do I have an MSOCACHE folder? I'm not
running Office 2003. And, Disk Cleanup DID NOT remove the folder.

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote in message

The MSOCache folder contains the Office Setup files, so that to
repair/reinstall an Office component, you don't have to insert the Office
CD-ROM everytime. If the MSOCache folder is deleted, you'll need to use the
Office CD-ROM to repair or reinstall Office components. In addition to the
links supplied by Shenan, these may help also:

Prevent accidental deletion of Office Setup Files when using the Disk
Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/131/1/

How to recreate the Office 2003 Setup files folder (MSOCache) after deleting
it accidentally using Disk Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/167/1/

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Roman" wrote in message

There was a hidden folder called "MSOCache". In the folder, there were
tons of cab files. Total size of the MSO Cache was about 300 MB. What is
MSO Cache?
Can I delete it without affecting WinXP Pro? Roman
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darkrats
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:50 am    Post subject: Re: What is MSOCache? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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I have a question about the MSOCache folder. On my computer, I have a single
hard drive, partitioned into C, D. E and F partitions. Why is the MSOCache
folder put on D partition, and is there a way during the Office setup, to
specify where it should be placed?



"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote in message

Well.. It appears for Office XP installation also creates the MSOCache
folder. It's evident from the following Office article:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011362521033.aspx

<excerpt>
The automatic repair feature of Office XP is dependent on the availability
of the MSI cached to the user's computer. If the MSI file is deleted, is
corrupt, was moved, or is the wrong version for the installed edition of
Office, Windows Installer fails to update or correct any faults with the
installation. Various error messages appear when this file is not available.

Important To avoid problems with the MSI file, do not delete folders from
a hard drive that have a name similer to MSOCACHE. Most likely, the MSI file
needed by Office XP and Windows Installer is cached as a hidden file within
this folder.
</excerpt>

>> And, Disk Cleanup DID NOT remove the folder.

Disk Cleanup does NOT remove the folder by default. You need to place a
checkmark near "Office Setup files" in Disk Cleanup window, in order to
clear the MSOCache folder.

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Jerry" wrote in message

OK - I read the info in the Google links. The problem is I have Office 2000
Pro upgraded to Office XP Pro so why do I have an MSOCACHE folder? I'm not
running Office 2003. And, Disk Cleanup DID NOT remove the folder.

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote in message

The MSOCache folder contains the Office Setup files, so that to
repair/reinstall an Office component, you don't have to insert the Office
CD-ROM everytime. If the MSOCache folder is deleted, you'll need to use the
Office CD-ROM to repair or reinstall Office components. In addition to the
links supplied by Shenan, these may help also:

Prevent accidental deletion of Office Setup Files when using the Disk
Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/131/1/

How to recreate the Office 2003 Setup files folder (MSOCache) after deleting
it accidentally using Disk Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/167/1/

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Roman" wrote in message

There was a hidden folder called "MSOCache". In the folder, there were
tons of cab files. Total size of the MSO Cache was about 300 MB. What is
MSO Cache?
Can I delete it without affecting WinXP Pro? Roman
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the_stan_brown
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: What is MSOCache? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Fri, 20 Jul 2007 20:50:09 -0600 from darkrats :
> I have a question about the MSOCache folder. On my computer, I have a single
> hard drive, partitioned into C, D. E and F partitions. Why is the MSOCache
> folder put on D partition, and is there a way during the Office setup, to
> specify where it should be placed?

I don't remember a way to specify that during installation, or even
to specify *whether* it is done. But after installation you can move
the cache and change the appropriate registry key to point to the new
location.

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Ramesh, MS-MVP
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What is MSOCache? [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Local Install Source (Msocache):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/825933

<excerpt>

Note The MSOCACHE folder is not always located on the disk drive with the most free space. If your computer has an NTFS drive with at least 1.5 GB of free space, the MSOCACHE folder will be located on that NTFS drive.

</excerpt>

and from that article:

<excerpt>

Move LIS Cache folder to a new drive location
A tool has been developed that lets you change the location of your Local Install Source cache folder after it has been established by a product install. To download the Local Installation Source Tool, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=10fa7aa3-695b-42c3-9045-b812ba0fed3e (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=10fa7aa3-695b-42c3-9045-b812ba0fed3e)
You can control the Local Install Source Tool settings and location by using the Setup.ini file, or from a command line. For more information about how to control the Local Install Source Tool settings and location, see the Setup.htm file on the Office 2003 installation CD. For additional information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;830168 (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;830168)

</excerpt>

© 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Related links:

Frequently asked questions about the Local Install Source feature in Office 2003:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830168

How to recreate the Office 2003 Setup files folder (MSOCache) after deleting it accidentally using Disk Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/167/1/

Prevent accidental deletion of Office Setup Files when using the Disk Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/131/1/

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"darkrats" wrote in message
I have a question about the MSOCache folder. On my computer, I have a single
hard drive, partitioned into C, D. E and F partitions. Why is the MSOCache
folder put on D partition, and is there a way during the Office setup, to
specify where it should be placed?



"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote in message

Well.. It appears for Office XP installation also creates the MSOCache
folder. It's evident from the following Office article:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011362521033.aspx

<excerpt>
The automatic repair feature of Office XP is dependent on the availability
of the MSI cached to the user's computer. If the MSI file is deleted, is
corrupt, was moved, or is the wrong version for the installed edition of
Office, Windows Installer fails to update or correct any faults with the
installation. Various error messages appear when this file is not available.

Important To avoid problems with the MSI file, do not delete folders from
a hard drive that have a name similer to MSOCACHE. Most likely, the MSI file
needed by Office XP and Windows Installer is cached as a hidden file within
this folder.
</excerpt>

>> And, Disk Cleanup DID NOT remove the folder.

Disk Cleanup does NOT remove the folder by default. You need to place a
checkmark near "Office Setup files" in Disk Cleanup window, in order to
clear the MSOCache folder.

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Jerry" wrote in message

OK - I read the info in the Google links. The problem is I have Office 2000
Pro upgraded to Office XP Pro so why do I have an MSOCACHE folder? I'm not
running Office 2003. And, Disk Cleanup DID NOT remove the folder.

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote in message

The MSOCache folder contains the Office Setup files, so that to
repair/reinstall an Office component, you don't have to insert the Office
CD-ROM everytime. If the MSOCache folder is deleted, you'll need to use the
Office CD-ROM to repair or reinstall Office components. In addition to the
links supplied by Shenan, these may help also:

Prevent accidental deletion of Office Setup Files when using the Disk
Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/131/1/

How to recreate the Office 2003 Setup files folder (MSOCache) after deleting
it accidentally using Disk Cleanup utility:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/167/1/

--
Regards,

Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


"Roman" wrote in message

There was a hidden folder called "MSOCache". In the folder, there were
tons of cab files. Total size of the MSO Cache was about 300 MB. What is
MSO Cache?
Can I delete it without affecting WinXP Pro? Roman
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DonQuixoteDQ



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:30 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Every one here is giving half baked answers!!
the reality is MSOCache contains not just MSI files but also document files(.doc .xls .ppt etc), that create some kind of copies of all the office related documents you have accessed/modified. though you should not delete any ".msi"/".exe"/".dll" files from it ; you can safely delete all document files from it. otherwise MSOCache's size keeps increasing day by day!!

there is also a virus named msocache.exe that uses folder icon and hides its own .exe extention. delete it now!!!
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