Capture targeted items on application/session end

Use the Zero Profile modes Capture targeted items on application/session end (application) and Capture targeted items on session end (global) to preserve a list of specific items, as configured on the Capturing tab. Predefined Templates are available for a select number of applications and Control Panel options.


The User Settings templates for applications contain predefined Targeted Items for a specific application or Microsoft Windows setting and can assist with configuring User Settings.

  • It is recommended to use the Microsoft Office Common templates on global level.
  • Composition > Applications > Settings > Disable Active Setup (skips first-time shell init) should be unchecked for Microsoft Windows settings to function properly.
  • When at Composition > Applications > Settings, Disable Active Setup (skips first-time shell init) is selected the following command must be added at Composition > Actions by Type > Execute Command: %SystemRoot%\system32\regsvr32.exe /s /n /i:/UserInstall %SystemRoot%\system32\themeui.dll.
  • Windows Themes settings will be captured in Workspace Control sessions on Terminal Servers, but due to technical restrictions on a multi-user platform the Desktop Window Manager will not be notified of these settings.

When adding a User Setting, use one of the following methods:

  • Click New > Templates to use a predefined template.
  • Click New > Discover User Settings... to start the User Settings Capture Wizard that discovers which files and registry settings need to be captured as User Settings for applications or processes.
    Please note that a full installation of Workspace Control is necessary to run the User Settings Capture Wizard as the wizard makes use of the Workspace Control drivers. Also, to avoid conflicting results, no Workspace Control session may be running on the system on which the User Settings Capture Wizard runs.
  • Click New > Custom to create your own User Setting.

The following options are available when adding the User Setting (either Custom or by using a Template, or after the User Settings Capture Wizard has finished):

  • On the Capturing tab, create a list of all the settings to be preserved. If you use a template or the User Settings Capture Wizard, this list is already pre-populated.
  • When adding or editing Captured items:
    • At Limit # of files to, enter the number of User Setting files that must be preserved for the managed application. This setting only applies to: Folder/Folder tree. If the targeted Folder/Folder tree contains more files than specified, only the newest files (based on timestamp of the files) will be preserved.
    • Select Empty target when applying user setting to delete the corresponding User Setting before applying the setting. This setting only applies to: Registry key/Registry tree/Folder/Folder tree. Normally, targeted items are merged into the existing contents of the registry or folder structure of the user's session. This leaves intact any existing settings that are not overwritten by a User Setting. Sometime this is not the desired behavior, for example if an application leaves settings behind that it should have cleaned up. In such situations, enable this option.
    • The target items are emptied once per session and only if the application starts.

    • Optionally, select Show exclusions to add exclusions to the configured settings, so that parts of the settings are not preserved.
      • Select Any file larger than to determine the maximum size of the User Settings files and folders to be excluded and enter a number in KB, MB, GB. This setting only applies to: Files/Folders/Folder tree.
      • Select Any file unchanged for to determine the maximum age of the User Settings files and folders to be excluded and enter a number in days or months. This setting only applies to: Files/Folders/Folder tree.
    • Click Add > Import > VMware DEM to import existing VMware DEM INI files directly into the User Setting.
  • When specifying paths and names anywhere in User Settings, you can use:
    • wildcards *, ?, [charlist] and [!charlist].
    • special folders to specify files, folders or folder trees in the user profile directory, as well as the default Microsoft Windows known folders (also called special folders in Microsoft Windows XP and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows) and any other special folder that may exist on the computers in your environment.

If Windows Shell shortcut creation is set to Replace all unmanaged shortcuts, this may lead to unpredictable results for global User Settings that preserve information in %desktop%, %startmenu% or %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\QuickLaunch. This does not affect application-level User Settings for those folders.