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Create and share your Microsoft UE-V settings location template

Applies to: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

With Microsoft UE-V you can easily roam the experience for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Microsoft Office 2010 applications, regardless of how they are deployed. Now you want to move on to the next step of creating a settings location template for your line-of-business or third-party applications. For those of you who are not familiar with settings location templates, they are XML files that tell the UE-V agent:

  • For which applications to roam the experience.
  • To where in the file system and registry the application writes the experience information.

Creating these templates is easy using the UE-V Generator. This wizard-based tool, which you can get from the Microsoft Connect site, will help automate the creation of your templates. To make it even easier, I am going to walk you step-by-step through using the tool with Microsoft Expression Design 4.

  1. Launch the UE-V Generator from the Start menu, choose the option to create a settings location template, and provide the tool with the path to the executable for which you want to create the template.

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  3. The application will launch and the UE-V Generator will discover where in the file system and the registry the application stores its settings.

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  5. Close the application and review the locations the UE-V Generator discovered.

    note iconNote: The UE-V Generator will show you the locations in two groups: standard and nonstandard locations. Standard locations are areas on the machine where you would typically find settings written, such as C:\users\AJ\appdata\roaming or HKey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft. Nonstandard locations are places where an application might write if it assumes the user has administrative rights, such as C:\Windows, or the HKey_Local_Machine location in the registry. By default, the UE-V Generator will assume that you want to roam all the standard locations but none of the nonstandard locations. You should review both sets of locations and decide which ones you want to roam.

    Figure 3

  6. Review the properties of the template to complete the creation of the template.

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Now that you have created a template, why not share it with the community? To make this easy, we have created a Settings Location Template Gallery so you can share and find templates.

For more details on how to get started creating settings location templates, check out the documentation with the UE-V Release Candidate on Microsoft Connect.

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About the author

A.J. Smith Photo A.J. Smith is a Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Windows Client Commercial Marketing Team at Microsoft focused on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and user state virtualization.