Track any changed setting within scope immediately (global)

Use the Zero Profile mode Track any changed setting within scope immediately to preserve all changes made in a tracked registry tree in HKEY_CURRENT_USER, and/or in a tracked folder tree in the user profile directory. This mode is available for global User Settings.


The Sampling and Tracking tabs are only available in Advanced User Setting view.

  • The Sampling ratio controls the number of sessions from which information is logged. A higher ratio results in information from more sessions, and a lower ratio results in information from fewer sessions. With the ratio of 1:1, information is shown from all sessions.
  • In one or both of the fields Registry to track and Folders to track, restrict the User Setting to a single registry tree in HKEY_CURRENT_USER and/or to a single folder tree in the user profile directory.
  • Optionally, use the field Process(es) to track to restrict the User Setting so that it only tracks changes made by one or more specific processes.
    • You can enter just a process name (such as regedit.exe), or you can specify an exact path (such as C:\windows\system32\regedit.exe).
    • Separate multiple entries with a semi-colon (;).
    • If you restrict the User Setting to a process that also uses subprocesses for certain changes, include these subprocesses in the Process(es) to track field.
  • On the Excluded Items tab, create a list of all the settings that should not be preserved.
    • When specifying paths and names anywhere in User Settings, you can use:
    • wildcards *, ?, [charlist] and [!charlist].
    • special folders (see Variables and 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.
    • 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.


If the Sampling Mode is enabled (only available in Advanced User Settings view), the Sampling tab shows the settings that were preserved and/or applied during the sampled sessions.

On the Sampling tab:

  • settings that are part of an Excluded Item are not shown.
  • right-click a sampled setting and convert it into an Excluded Item or into a User Registry Setting.
  • use Ctrl+F to search for a specific sampling entry.
  • You can group the information by dragging column headers to the grouping area. To restore the original view, drag the column headers back to the column bar.
  • 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.
  • If changes handled by a subprocess should be included in the tracking and sampling of a global User Setting in the Zero Profile mode Track any changed setting within scope immediately, the subprocess must be authorized at Security > Global Authorized Files.
  • When testing User Settings, please note that manually renaming registry keys may lead to unexpected results. To test User Settings, always use the proper application or Microsoft Windows feature to implement changes.