Automatic profile destruction?

  • OK, this is more of an FYI kinda-bug-report to the people possibly involved with forwarding these things to the devs or QA or whoever, though if anyone cared to actually explain some of this, that would be nice too.

    So, yesterday my Opera was working fine, and then it updated itself and I usually just take note that it does that and don't think much of it. I'm assuming that it updated to the next major release version (45), at least the about frame now says this:
    "Version: 45.0.2552.898 (PGO) - Opera is up to date"

    Couple hours later, I again start up Opera and at first it looked like it was opening the original window and then closing it right after, and instead it created a new window that looked mostly(!) like the one it creates after a clean installation. But then it put up an error message telling me that some file was corrupted or something and it apparently that meant it couldn't load my profile at all.
    Instead of closing down immediately, though, and subsequently giving me a chance to take a look at the problematic file(s) first or at least backup my damn profile, it just overwrote(!) my profile with its default settings! (including the bookmarks file, without creating a backup in the process!)
    It even cleared the "Extensions" directory without ANY kind of notification about its actions.

    So, yea, what the hell, something obviously went horribly wrong after that update.
    This system is otherwise clean & healthy according to the best of my abilities.

  • Welcome to Opera's forums @Harlwindwolf!

    Don't know about your problem's cause but you may go to your profile and check in Properties > Previous versions if there is any "BackUp" to recover your data.

    Maybe Recuva from Piriform may recover some files.

  • I appreciate the hints/ideas.. Though there's no automatic File History for those user-specific directories and I only manually create System Restoration points for the more significant Windows upgrades/service packs or hardware changes.

    It seems that Recuva could restore some of those files that were simply deleted (like the Extensions' directories), but none of the files Opera simply overwrote after resetting all settings.

    Apparently I'd have to have a program that actually quarantines those files or at laest logs file changes (like the NILFS file system, or Windows' File History which I never needed before, and also causes System Volume Information to become uncontrollably huge).

    There's a "backup" to my Opera files that's a few months old. I honestly won't bother with it though, since it's too old really and too much has changed, so I'm better off with this new profile (except for the synced bookmarks of course).

  • 馃槓 Then, henceforth do periodic back ups.


    Windows 10 (x64) | Anniversary Update
    Opera Stable 路 Beta 路 Developer

    Test profile | Back up LinuxMacWin

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