Important Windows Store v18 update resets my settings
This thread is discussing upgrade issues from v17.x to v18 for the Store Version of Kodi for Windows 10. No other platforms or versions are affected.

*** Edit ***
The UWP version of Kodi v18 for PC's has been replaced with the Bridged Version of Kodi v18.

Allowing the Update for this new version should fix the problems detailed in this post or, if you find that everything is working again, then you have already received the update.

Thank you for your patience.

The Problem
The Windows Store has updated your version of Kodi from v17.x to the recently released v18. You now have a fresh install instead of having your previous settings and data available.

The Reason
  1. The v17.x Store Version of Kodi is not a true UWP package. It is a bridging app, that allows standard software to be included in the Windows Store.
  2. The v18 Store Version of Kodi is a true UWP package. Be aware the UWP has some Microsoft imposed restrictions and will differ slightly to the normal .exe installer
  3. The two versions use different locations to save their data.
  4. Now that you have been upgraded to v18, Kodi is looking for its data in the UWP package location.

Solution No.1
You may choose to install using the downloadable .exe version. The main benefit is that there are no UWP restrictions and you have control over the update of Kodi.
  1. Go to the Download page
  2. Select INSTALLER (64BIT)
  3. Run the installer
  4. After Kodi has been installed, do not start it.
  5. Go to C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Local\Packages\XBMCFoundation.Kodi_4n2hpmxwrvr6p\LocalCache\Roaming\ and copy the \Kodi\ folder
  6. Go to C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Roaming\ and paste the \Kodi\ folder
  7. Start Kodi
  8. If you are satisfied all your data has been transferred, you may now choose to uninstall the Store Version.

Solution No.2
If you choose to keep the UWP version of Kodi then follow these instructions to move your data to the correct location.
  1. Exit Kodi
  2. Go to C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Local\Packages\XBMCFoundation.Kodi_4n2hpmxwrvr6p\LocalCache\Roaming\Kodi\ and copy the contents of that folder
  3. Go to C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Local\Packages\XBMCFoundation.Kodi_4n2hpmxwrvr6p\LocalState\ and paste the contents.
  4. Start Kodi

Local Hard Drives are not available
A limitation of the UWP system. Local drives cannot be accessed. Use Solution 1 above
Kodi is only allowed permission to access the default Windows Videos, Music and Pictures library folders.

None of the media in my library plays
If your movies, tv shows and music are on local hard drives they will no longer be accessible to Kodi. See previous comment.

I cannot access SMB folders
The SMB Support (libsmb2) add-on must be installed from Add-ons > My add-ons > Virtual filesystems

If you still experience problems, post the details in this thread.
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Windows Store v18 update resets my settings - by Karellen - 2019-01-28, 07:46

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