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Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.x

Updated: December 8, 2014

Applies To: User Experience Virtualization 2.0, User Experience Virtualization 2.1

Capture and centralize your users’ application settings and Windows OS settings by implementing Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 or 2.1. Then, apply these settings to the devices users access in your enterprise, like desktop computers, laptops, or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) sessions.

With UE-V you can…

  • Specify which application and desktop settings synchronize

  • Deliver the settings anytime and anywhere users work throughout the enterprise

  • Create custom templates for your third-party or line-of-business applications

  • Recover settings after hardware replacement or upgrade, or after reimaging a virtual machine to its initial state

This diagram shows how deployed UE-V components work together to synchronize settings.

UEV2 Architectural Diagram


Component Function

UE-V Agent

Installed on every computer that needs to synchronize settings, the UE-V Agent monitors registered applications and the operating system for any settings changes, then synchronizes those settings between computers.

Settings packages

Application settings and Windows settings are stored in settings packages created by the UE-V Agent. Settings packages are built, locally stored, and copied to the settings storage location.

  • The setting values for desktop applications are stored when the user closes the application.

  • Values for Windows settings are stored when the user logs off, when the computer is locked, or when the user disconnects remotely from a computer.

The sync provider determines when the application or operating system settings are read from the Settings Packages and synchronized.

Settings storage location

This is a standard network share that your users can access. The UE-V Agent verifies the location and creates a hidden system folder in which to store and retrieve user settings.

Settings location templates

UE-V uses XML files as settings location templates to monitor and synchronize desktop application settings and Windows desktop settings between user computers. By default, some settings location templates are included in UE-V . You can also create, edit, or validate custom settings location templates by Managing Settings Synchronization for Custom Applications.

Settings location templates are not required for Windows 8 apps.

Windows 8 app list

Settings for Windows 8 apps are captured and applied dynamically. The app developer specifies the settings that are synchronized for each app. UE-V determines which Windows 8 apps are enabled for settings synchronization using a managed list of apps. By default, this list includes most Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 apps.

You can add or remove applications in the Windows 8 app list by following the procedures shown here.

Use these UE-V components to create and manage custom templates for your third-party or line-of-business applications.


UE-V Generator

Use the UE-V Generator to create custom settings location templates that you can then distribute to user computers. The UE-V Generator also lets you edit an existing template or validate a template that was created by using another XML editor.

Settings template catalog

The settings template catalog is a folder path on UE-V computers or a Server Message Block (SMB) network share that stores the custom settings location templates. The UE-V Agent checks this location once a day, retrieves new or updated templates, and updates its synchronization behavior.

If you use only the UE-V default settings location templates, then a settings template catalog is unnecessary. For more information about settings deployment catalogs, see Configure a UE-V settings template catalog.

UE-V Generator Process

UE-V synchronizes settings for these applications by default. For a complete list and more detailed information, go here.

  • Microsoft Office 2013 applications (UE-V 2.1 only)

  • Microsoft Office 2010 applications (UE-V 2.1 and 2.0)

  • Microsoft Office 2007 applications (UE-V 2.0 only)

  • Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

  • Internet Explorer 11 in UE-V 2.1 only

  • Many Windows 8 applications, such as Xbox

  • Many Windows desktop applications, such as Notepad

  • Many Windows settings, such as desktop background or wallpaper

You can also customize UE-V to synchronize settings for applications other than those synchronized by default.

Use this table to compare UE-V to Synchronize Profiles in Windows 7, Synchronize Profiles in Windows 8, and the Sync PC Settings feature of Microsoft account.


Feature Synchronize Profiles using Windows 7 Synchronize Profiles using Windows 8 Microsoft account UE-V 2.0 UE-V 2.1

Synchronize settings between multiple computers

Synchronize settings between physical and virtual apps

Synchronize Windows 8 application settings

Manage via WMI

Synchronize settings changes on a regular basis

Minimal configuration for Setup

Supported on non-domain joined computers

Supports Primary Computer Active Directory attribute

Synchronizes settings between virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)/Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and rich desktops

Unlimited setting storage space

Choice in which app settings to synchronize

Backup/Restore for IT Pro


For more information, and for late-breaking news that did not make it into the documentation, see Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.1 Release Notes or Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 Release Notes.

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.1 Release Notes
View updated product information and known issues for UE-V 2.1.

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0 Release Notes
View updated product information and known issues for UE-V 2.0.

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