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I'm using version 3.1.2 on Windows, and any time I open up the software, it's as if I'm opening it for the first time, every time. The Open recent option is always empty, the saved bookmarks in the file explorer are always gone, and when I try to save preferences (say, after changing hotkeys), I get an error message:

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What's the deal here? How do I fix this? Previous versions never did this.

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I found this YouTube helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0xuN09mmyg This what I did: enter image description here

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Configuration files shouldn't be stored in the standard Blender installation directory, that is you should have no c:\Program Files\...\3.1\config\ directory. Instead they should be installed in C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\3.1\config\ on a Windows system.

You might be able to restore the proper configuration by using the FileDefaultsLoad Factor Settings entry; or you might have to reinstall.

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  • $\begingroup$ "Should not": except if you made a portable installation $\endgroup$
    – Lauloque
    May 27, 2022 at 20:07
  • $\begingroup$ Not even then. On windows standard configurations for any application should never go into C:\Program Files. That's the whole point of having AppData. I've clarified that that is what I meant by "installation directory". $\endgroup$ May 27, 2022 at 23:37

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