Copy/Paste Develop Settings Doesn't Work

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Decided to come back to Lightroom and download the trial after a while of not using.

I recall in previous versions, that one was able to "paste develop settings" between images. For some reason, the option appears in the menu/right-click menu, however it is grayed out... I can't seem to get it to work for the life of me! I even reinstalled. For the first time using this software in so long, this isn't a great sign. I wanted to try software outside of Phase One, but now I'm most likely going to go back as it seems to work, despite how easy it is to switch between the various cloud applications, which I do like.

Perhaps I've simply done something wrong. Any help would be appreciated.

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Erik Bercik

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Erik Bercik

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"Paste from previous" doesn't work either.
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Please do the menu command Help > System Info and copy/paste the first ten lines or so here. That will let us know which version you're running and whether you're tripped over an update bug.
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Oh it started to work! I logged into a different account (A new one I created rather than my old adobe account) and it began to work!
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Erik Bercik

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Perhaps the trial had an issue because I am an old customer? Something to watch out for in the future! I hope this doesn't happen with a full purchased license
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But thank you for coming to help John! Have a good evening!
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You may have tripped over an upgrade bug, where Lr updated a version 6 (or earlier) perpetual license installation with a trial of LR Classic CC (subscription-based).  This isn't supposed to happen, but when it does, the upgraded LR behaves strangely with many features seemingly disabled.  By logging in, you then converted it from a (buggy) perpetual license to the correct free trial of the subscription license. But just a guess.
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Paste Settings is normally grayed out when you don't have anything in the clipboard to paste.  I hate to ask the simple question, but did you copy settings from another image first?  The process would normally be to choose "Copy Settings" on one image and then "Paste Settings" on another.