Data type Range Default value
REG_DWORD 0x0 | 0x1- 0xFFFFFFF retries 0x3C (60)


Determines how many times the system tries to unload and update the registry portion of a user profile. When the number of trials specified in the value of this entry is exhausted, the system stops trying. As a result, the user profile might not be current, and local and roaming user profiles might not match.

This entry stores the setting of the Maximum retries to unload and update user profile Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes the entry from the registry and the system behaves as though the value is 60.

When a user logs off of the computer, the system unloads the user-specific section of the registry (HKEY_CURRENT_USER) into a file (NTUSER.DAT) and updates it. However, if another program or service is reading or editing the registry, the system cannot unload it. The system tries repeatedly (at a rate of once per second) to unload and update the registry settings. By default, the system repeats its periodic attempts 60 times (over the course of one minute). You can use the policy to adjust the maximum number of retries. (You cannot adjust the retry rate.)

Value Meaning
(Not in registry) The policy is disabled or not configured. The system repeats its attempt 60 times.
0x0 The policy is enabled and set to 0. The system tries just once to unload and update the user's registry settings. It does not try again.
0x1 - 0xFFFFFFFF Specifies the number of times the system tries to unload and update the user's registry settings.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Maximum retries to unload and update user profile policy (Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon).

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This policy is particularly important to servers running Terminal Services. Because Terminal Services edits the user's registry settings when they log off, the system's first few attempts to unload the user settings are more likely to fail.

This policy does not affect the system's attempts to update the files in the user profile.

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Consider increasing the number of retries specified in this policy if there are many user profiles stored in the computer's memory. This indicates that the system has not been able to unload the profile.

Check the Application Log in Event Viewer for events generated by Userenv. The system records an event whenever it tries to unload the registry portion of the user profile. The system also records an event when it fails to update the files in a user profile.

For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Group Policy Reference (Gp.chm) on the Windows 2000 Resource Kit companion CD.

For general information about Group Policy, see Group Policy in Windows 2000 Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Reference Table.