Internet Explorer settings replicated by Microsoft UE-V


Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) replicates settings for Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 and 11 by default when the MicrosoftInternetExplorer.xml template is present and enabled.  The %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft User Experience Virtualization\Templates\MicrosoftInternetExplorer.xml template is included with the UE-V agent by default and is automatically enabled on all UE-V clients.

The following settings are replicated by all versions of Internet Explorer as part of the common settings (MicrosoftInternetExplorer.common):

  • Favorites.  By default, this will be %USERPROFILE%\Favorites.  All *.URL files are replicated recursively.
  • Sort order of the Favorites folder.  This information is contained in the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder.  This registry key, its values, and all subkeys and values are collected recursively.
  • Internet Explorer Start Page.  The Start Page value located under HKEY_LOCAL_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main is captured.

All other registry settings for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 are exported for each version of Internet Explorer separately.  This ensures that settings from one version of Internet Explorer will not overwrite settings from another version.  The Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer is exported recursively for each of the three versions, with the exception of the Start Page value.  Only common settings will replicate between different versions of Internet Explorer.

More Information

Some Internet Explorer data cannot be migrated by UE-V.  UE-V is limited to file copy and registry import/export operations.  Internet Explorer does not support copying cookie files or other cache data from one machine to another.  The Internet Explorer object cache cannot be consistently replicated between different machines using standard file copy mechanisms as implemented in UE-V.

Possible supported alternatives to replicate Internet Explorer data include:

• Roaming profiles
• Custom applications that leverage the public Internet Explorer APIs for exporting settings (some commercial alternatives are available)
• Import/export via supported user state migration tools