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Planning to Upgrade to UE-V 2.0

Updated: December 2, 2013

Applies To: User Experience Virtualization 2.0

To upgrade from Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 1.0 to UE-V 2.0, you must consider the following features:

  • Update of the UE-V Agents

  • Changes to UE-V settings location templates

  • Update of the settings template catalog and distribution of the settings location templates

  • Management of tools, such as ADMX templates and Configuration Packs

Changes to the default settings location templates

The UE-V Agent includes a number of settings location templates for desktop applications. UE-V 2.0 includes updates to these templates and settings synchronization support for Windows 8 apps. Installation of the UE-V Agent and registration of the new default templates implement changes on users’ computers. In addition, new Windows desktop settings location templates that are included in UE-V 2.0 offer better support for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. This support required changes to the UE-V settings location template schema. The new templates have unique file names. You can safely deploy these new templates along with the UE-V 1.0 templates. Only the UE-V 2.0 Agent can register the newer templates.

Catalogs and template distribution

UE-V 2.0 continues to use settings template catalogs as a central point to share settings location templates. If you deployed UE-V 1.0 settings location templates to a catalog, you should copy the updated UE-V 2.0 templates to the catalog. The new UE-V 2.0 Windows desktop templates are displayed in addition to the UE-V 1.0 Windows desktop templates. Maintain the UE-V 1.0 settings location templates in the settings template catalog until all users’ computers have been updated to UE-V 2.0.

Management tools – ADMX templates and Configuration Packs

New ADMX templates for Group Policy and the Configuration Pack for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager include additional settings and controls for UE-V 2.0. The UE-V 1.0 management tools are supported, but for additional controls for UE-V 2.0 settings, you must implement the updated management tools.

Upgrading the Windows operating system on computers with UE-V installed

If a computer with UE-V installed is upgraded from one version of the Windows operating system to another, the persistence of UE-V software depends on the original and upgraded version of the Windows operating system:

  • Windows 7 to Windows 8: UE-V software remains on the upgraded computer.

  • Windows 8 to Windows 8.1: UE-V software remains on the upgraded computer.

  • Windows 7 to Windows 8.1: UE-V software must be reinstalled on the upgraded computer.

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