How to Enable Briefcase Feature in Windows 10

The first question which comes in mind is that ” What is Briefcase feature and how does it works ?”Briefcase

The answer to this question is this. Briefcase feature is used to synchronizes files and folders within itself with those in any other folder, even on a removable writable media or the network. The users with portable media or multiple computers are mostly using this feature. Using this feature is very simple, users only need to use Windows Explorer and then drag or copy their files into the Briefcase once. Any further changes to either the files on disk or those in the Briefcase are synchronized whenever the user right-clicks on the briefcase and selects Update All. If there are differences between the copies, the Briefcase shows a dialog box with an icon and a description indicating the action it will take when synchronizing; that is, whether it will replace the copy in the Briefcase with the external file or vice versa. The action the Briefcase will take is configurable by right clicking the icon. For example, users can skip synchronizing individual items by selecting the Skip action upon right clicking the icon. For items deleted in either the Briefcase or the main original folder, the Briefcase can create a copy of the missing item. Users can also sync individual items in the Briefcase by selecting the item first and then clicking the Update button instead of Update All. To enable this feature in Windows 10, follow the given steps.

Step to Enable Briefcase Feature in Windows 10

  1. Download this registry file from here.
  2. Double click on the downloaded registry file, and select “Yes” to grant it permission.
  3. Now another dialog box will appear giving a warning message. You can ignore it and click on “Yes”.

    Registry Editor

    Warning Message

  4. Now another dialog box will appear saying the the following message.Registory added
  5. That’s it. Now refresh 2-3 times and right click any anywhere on desktop and select new. You will see the Briefcase option.




Step to Disable Briefcase Feature in Windows 10

  1. Download this registry from here.Briefcase 2
  2. Follow the same instruction from 2-5 given above.

This method should be working on windows 8 and 8.1 also. If you face any issue then describe it in comment section so that we can help you out. 😀



11 Responses to How to Enable Briefcase Feature in Windows 10

  1. Roy February 10, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    No need at all. Just right click on your Briefcase icon, then click “Update all”. The Briefcase works just like used to be.

  2. Ujang June 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    Enable Briefcase.reg is mp3 file format. Are you sure?

    • Narender Singh June 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

      Google Drive is messing this up. Please remove the .mp3 from the file’s extension and then run it as explained.

  3. Nick Williams June 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    I’ve run the “enable” reg update and created a briefcase folder. Unfortunately, I can’t copy any files into it, it appears to be write protected, if I un-set the Read-only attribute I still can’t write into the folder and the attribute has rest to on!
    Any ideas?

  4. Nick Williams June 28, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    BTW, I’m currently on Insider Preview 14372.rs1_release160620-2342 if it’s relevant.

  5. Mahinoura June 30, 2016 at 4:02 am #

    Thank you. it works for me perfectly

    • Nick Williams July 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

      Odd, have been migrated onto Insider Preview 14379.rs1_release160627-1607 and all seems OK now!!

      • Saif July 7, 2016 at 9:45 am #

        Good to hear that 🙂 🙂

  6. Sofocles July 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

    Thank you worked perfect!

    • Saif July 9, 2016 at 5:43 pm #


  7. Alan October 14, 2016 at 10:56 pm #

    This works fine to be able to create a briefcase, and to put things into it. However, just like on Windows 8/8.1 I can not pull a file out to “make a sync copy” on another machine (or on this machine if it was created elsewhere. This didn’t really work that well on Windows 7 for me either. On windows XP everything was fine. Anyone have a clue how to get the briefcase database updated with sync locations.

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