Resetting application layers

Article:HOWTO50163  |  Created: 2011-04-18  |  Updated: 2011-09-26  |  Article URL
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Resetting application layers

You can reset a damaged application layer to restore it to its original imported state.

The ability to reset an application layer provides the following benefits:

  • It does not require an uninstallation and reinstallation of an application.

  • It cannot damage the other applications that are installed on the computer.

  • It lets you maintain standard versions and configurations of applications across your network.

When an application layer is created, the application's data is stored in a read-only sublayer. When a user runs the application, all of the data that the application creates is saved in a writeable sublayer. When you reset the application layer, the data in the writeable sublayer is deleted and the read-only sublayer is maintained.

Creating a new reset point merges the existing contents from the writable sublayer with the read-only sublayer. This option can help preserve customizations and prevent data loss when a reset occurs.


To prevent the loss of any data that an application creates, redirect the data out of the writeable sublayer.

See How to prevent the loss of application data

Before you reset a layer, you can access the Edit Layer dialog box to view the files and registry settings in the layer's writeable sublayer.

See Editing the files in a virtual software layer.

You can reset an application layer locally or remotely. To reset an application layer remotely, you can use any of the interfaces that manage virtual software layers.

See About the management of virtual software layers

To reset an application layer

  1. Start the SWV Admin tool.

  2. Click Start > All Programs > Symantec > Workspace > Virtualization > Symantec Workspace Virtualization Admin.

  3. In the SWV Admin tool, on a layer's right-click menu, click Reset.

  4. Click Yes.

To create a new reset point

  1. In the SWV Admin tool, right-click the deactivated layer for which you want to create a new reset point. Click New Reset Point.

  2. The Export layer before creating new reset point option creates a backup version of the layer with its original reset point. The Copy current user's settings to default user's settings area option merges the contents of the writeable sublayer. This option restores these settings when the layer is reset.

See Actions you can perform to manage layers

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