UE-V Registry Settings


The following table lists the registry settings which are used by the Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) agent. Settings defined via group policy will take precedence over settings defined in the locations of this table. Group policy-defined settings are stored at: 

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration\Applications
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration\WindowsSettings
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration\CustomerExperienceImprovementProgram
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Policies\Microsoft\UEV\Management\CustomerExperienceImprovementProgram
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration\Applications
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration\WindowsSettings

Order of Precedence for UE-V settings
  1. User-targeted settings managed by group policy. These configuration settings are stored in the registry key by group policy under:

  2. Computer-targeted settings managed by group policy. These configuration settings are stored in the registry key by group policy under: 

  3. Configuration settings defined by the current user using PowerShell or WMI. These configuration settings are stored by the UE-V agent under: 

  4. Configuration settings defined for the computer using PowerShell or WMI. These configuration settings are stored by the UE-V agent under:


UE-V Registry Settings

Setting Name Setting Description Registry LocationRegistry Key PathRegistry Value nameTypeValue OptionsDefault Value
Use User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)Enables or disables User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) for applications and Windows settings.HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration


REG_DWORDBoolean: True | False

0 (False)

1 (True)
Settings storage pathConfigures where the user settings will be stored. HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

SettingsStoragePathREG_EXPAND_SZ(UNC) path and variables

Example: \\Server\SettingsShare\%username%
Not Specified
Settings template catalog pathConfigures where custom settings location templates are stored. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

SettingsTemplateCatalogPathREG_EXPAND_SZ (UNC or local) path with or without environment variables

Example: \\Server\TemplateShare or a folder location on the computer.

Not Specified
Override  Microsoft TemplatesConfigures whether the catalog is used to replace the default Microsoft templates installed with the UE-V agent. This setting is only applicable when a settings template catalog path is set.HKLM\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

OverrideMSTemplatesREG_DWORDBoolean: True | False

0 (False)

1 (True)

Specify the Synchronization MethodConfigures whether the agent uses the Windows offline files feature to synchronize settings. None is available for computers that are always online and can tolerate not synchronizing during network outages.HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

SyncMethodREG-SZOfflineFiles | NoneOfflineFiles
Enable NotificationEnables a notification message the import of application settings is delayed. This setting only applies with SyncMethod = None.HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

SettingsImportNotifyEnabledREG_DWORDBoolean: True | False

0 (False)

1 (True)

Notification DelayThe notification delay option specifies the delay before the notification appears. This setting only applies with SettingsImportNotifyEnabled = TRUE.HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

SettingsImportNotifyDelayInSecondsREG_DWORDDelay in seconds10 Seconds
Settings Package PrefetchSpecifies the application and Windows settings the UE-V agent pre-caches before the applications are launched. If Windows Settings are included in the prefetch list, the settings are available for future logins. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration


Settings Package name without file extension for which settings packages the agent should prefetchDesktopSettings
Synchronization timeoutConfigures the number of milliseconds that the computer waits to retrieve settings before timeout.HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

SyncTimeoutInMillisecondsREG_DWORDSpecify the preferred synchronization timeout in milliseconds. 2000 milliseconds (2 seconds)
Package size warning thresholdConfigures the UE-V agent to report when a settings package file size reaches a defined threshold. HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

MaxPackageFileSizeInBytesREG_DWORDSpecify the preferred threshold for settings package sizes in kilobytes

500 KB
Offline ThresholdDefines the offline threshold in days after which the UE-V agent will not export settings when it comes back online. See More Information section for additional info on this setting.HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

OfflineThresholdREG_DWORDSpecify the desired threshold in days. 30 days
Preventing Overlapping Synchronization for ApplicationsPrevents the import of settings packages if an instance of the application is already open. This setting also prevents export at application shutdown if another instance of the application is open.HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

PreventOverlappingSynchronizationREG_DWORDBoolean: True | False

0 (False)

1 (True)

Customer Experience Improvement Program Specifies the setting for participation in the Customer Experience Improvement program. If set to true, then installer information is uploaded to the Microsoft Customer Experience improvement site.  If set to false, then no information is uploadedHKLMAgent:

HKLM\Software\ Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration


 HKLM\Software\ Microsoft\UEV\Management

CustomerExperienceImprovementProgramREG_DWORDBoolean: True | False

0 (False)

1 (True)

Hide Settings Package directorySets the visibility of the SettingsPackages folder created on the settings storage location. By default the folder is hidden and System. This setting must be defined before the folders are created. HKLM and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

HideSettingsPackagesFolderREG_DWORDBoolean: True | False

0 (False)

1 (True)

Roaming Windows settingsConfigures the roaming of Windows settings. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration\WindowsSettings

ID of the settings location templateREG_DWORDBoolean: True | False

0 (False)

1 (True)



(all other Windows settings templates default to true)
Roaming Application settingsConfigures the roaming of user settings of applications. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration\Applications

ID of the settings location templateREG_DWORDBoolean: True | False

0 (False)

1 (True)

Not Specified (all applications default to true)
Active Directory Settings Storage PathRecords the Active Directory Home Directory. This setting should not be manually edited. HKCU\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

ADSettingsStoragePathREG_EXPAND_SZUE-V Agent defined
Install Time StampRecords installation data. This setting should not be manually edited.HKLM\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

InstallTimestampREG_QWORDUE-V Agent defined
Excluded FileTypes Identifies file types that will be excluded from settings synchronization HKLM\Software\Microsoft\UEV\Agent\Configuration

ExcludedFileTypesREG_MULTI_SZList of file extensions

More Information

Offline Threshold registry setting

This registry setting allows you to modify the offline threshold for the UE-V agent. By default the UE-V agent has an offline threshold of 30 days. If the computer has been offline for 30 consecutive days the UE-V agent will not synchronize settings changes that where made while offline to the settings storage location when the computer comes back on to the network. Instead the UE-V agent will import updated settings packages from the settings storage location first and then return to default synchronization behavior.

Article ID: 2770042 - Last Review: Jul 5, 2016 - Revision: 1