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2 Versions of Opera in Control Panel

  • I found 2 versions of Opera 67 in the control panel (Win 10 1903), that may have been triggered after I did a system restore. I read on the forum to uninstall the older version, which I did. What happened for me when I uninstalled the older version (from the control panel) is the entire application was uninstalled so I had to re-install from scratch. Luckily, I before uninstalling, I saved a copy the entire Opera Stable (my Opera profile) folder from C:\Users<username>\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software. After re-installing, I renamed the new "Opera Stable" folder to "Opera Stable-old" and copied the Opera Stable file I saved to the "Opera Software" folder above. Everything restored perfectly including settings, extensions, tabs, favorites etc. Takeaway - Always backup the entire "Opera Stable" profile folder (by clicking on Opera Logo at top left for Menu, Help, About Opera to find location) in order to completely restore. In the past I backed up only the short list of folders and files found here: https://help.opera.com/en/latest/crashes-and-issues/ . But every time I have had to fresh install Opera, those files/folders never restored everything (ex., missing extensions, bookmarks/speed dial). Going forward I'll backup the entire profile folder (Opera Stable) since that worked perfectly. Hope Opera will clarify in the help pages what to backup for a complete restore 🙂

  • Opera's uninstall entries are usually in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall". You can load up regedit and just delete the Opera key for the entry you don't want to clear it from the control panel.

    It could just be in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" though if you just did a current user install.

  • @qqm said in 2 Versions of Opera in Control Panel:

    Luckily, I before uninstalling, I saved a copy the entire Opera Stable (my Opera profile) folder from C:\Users<username>\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software.

    When you uninstall Opera, it won't delete your profile folder unless you check the box to delete your data. Did you check the box assuming there was a different profile for that second entry in the control panel?

    @qqm said in 2 Versions of Opera in Control Panel:

    Always backup the entire "Opera Stable" profile folder

    Yes. you need to do the whole folder.

  • @burnout426 Thanks for the location of the Opera uninstall registry key. That's good info and will save me a lot of effort next time !

    Before uninstalling the older version I checked and did not have have two profile folders. When uninstalling the older version the "box" you are mentioning didn't open. Instead after clicking to uninstall the control panel refreshed and both the older and current installed version were gone. Also, my Opera shortcut and launcher.exe in the install folder didn't start opera and I found the files sizes in my profile folder were smaller than the backup. That's when I went for a clean start and used RevoUninstaller (which had logged the original Opera installation) to uninstall whatever was left. Reinstalled and replaced the new profile folder with the backup and all worked. Fortunately I had saved the entire Opera Stable profile (instead of the backup files/folder in the help pages) and thank you for verifying that is the right way to backup. I still suspect the whole thing is related to the system restore. Also, good to know Opera uninstall by default doesn't delete my profile folder since I typically use Revo if I have to uninstall, which tries to remove everything. Thanks for taking the time to share the info!

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