CreateAppContainerProfile function (userenv.h)

Creates a per-user, per-app profile for an AppContainer.


USERENVAPI HRESULT CreateAppContainerProfile(
  [in]  PCWSTR              pszAppContainerName,
  [in]  PCWSTR              pszDisplayName,
  [in]  PCWSTR              pszDescription,
  [in]  PSID_AND_ATTRIBUTES pCapabilities,
  [in]  DWORD               dwCapabilityCount,
  [out] PSID                *ppSidAppContainerSid


[in] pszAppContainerName

The name of the app container. To ensure uniqueness, this string should ideally contain the app name as well as the publisher. This string can be up to 64 characters in length. Further, it must fit into the pattern described by the regular expression "[-_. A-Za-z0-9]+".

[in] pszDisplayName

The display name. This string can be up to 512 characters in length.

[in] pszDescription

A description for the app container. This string can be up to 2048 characters in length.

[in] pCapabilities

The SIDs that define the requested UWP capabilities (if applicable).

[in] dwCapabilityCount

The number of SIDs in pCapabilities.

[out] ppSidAppContainerSid

The SID for the profile. This buffer must be freed using the FreeSidfunction.

Return value

If this function succeeds, then it returns a standard HRESULT code, including the following:

Return code Description
The data store was created successfully.
The caller doesn't have permission to create the profile.
The application data store already exists.
The container name is NULL, or the container name, the display name, or the description strings exceed their specified respective limits for length.


A profile contains folders and registry storage that are per-user and per-app. The folders have ACLs that prevent them from being accessed by other users and apps. These folders can be accessed by calling SHGetKnownFolderPath.

The function creates a profile for the current user. To create a profile on behalf of another user, you must impersonate that user. To create profiles for multiple users of the same app, you must call CreateAppContainerProfile for each user.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 8 [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2012 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header userenv.h
Library Userenv.lib
DLL Userenv.dll

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