Lightroom: Different presets showing in LR than in Preferences under "show presets folder / develop and user presets". Cannot get my presets out of LR

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I'm having a problem getting my presets out of lightroom ever since we switched to the XMP format. I need to switch to editing on a different computer, and I can't get my presets out so I can copy them to the 2nd computer. Different presets are showing in LR than in the "show presets folder", so I cannot find them all where they are supposed to be and cannot just copy presets out and back up. I need to format my computer and cannot do that until I can back up my presets.
HELP! I've been trying to get this resolved for a month now! 

I can find my User Presets, but not the other presets that are in my most used presets folder up at the top. 

Also, cannot figure out how to create a new folder with presets, but that's a separate deal... You used to be able to just right click on a folder, and create a new folder, drag and drop presets there, however you wanted them organized. That functionality is not there anymore, neither under the manage presets place. Basically cannot create any folder. Can delete. Can hide existing. Cannot create a new folder.
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Ester Knowlen

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Lightroom has two buttons in the preferences for this, the 'Show Lightroom Develop Presets' and the 'Show All Other Lightroom Presets'. You need the first button to reveal the correct folder. As you noticed, the subfolder structure no longer matches the groups you see in Lightroom. Subfolders are ignored and have become irrelevant, so they could be very different. The presets groups are stored in the presets themselves.

The 'Most used presets' group at the top of your presets is not a different group. It's a list of favorites, meaning that these presets are all present in another group as well and may be stored in different subfolders on disk.

If you want the old behavior, check out this plugin:  http://www.johnrellis.com/lightroom/fixpresets.htm I don't use it myself but apparently that plugin restores the old way of defining preset groups by folders.

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OK, so this is helpfu, thank you. I'll be honest, it makes me a bit nervous to install that plug-in that's not coming from Adobe. Gun-shy after a bad experience... 

Question - if things are not in folders anymore, how the heck do I tell things apart? I have probably 20+ (30+?) presets in there, maybe 15 in the most used, if I copy all presets (most used and user presets) into the same folder User Presets on the new computer, with the inability to create folders and sort them to look the same as on my old machine, I'll never be able to tell them apart. How does Adobe expect this to work exactly? 
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>  it makes me a bit nervous to install that plug-in that's not coming from Adobe. Gun-shy after a bad experience... 

John Ellis is a well known developer in the LR community, and a regular poster here, so you'd be quite safe with his plug-ins. Jeffrey Friedl and John Beardsworth are two other plug-in developers I'd very happily recommend. I'd be more cautious with less well-known developers.

> with the inability to create folders and sort them to look the same as on my old machine

Just transfer the lot. The "folder"/group names are now stored as text within the presets themselves, so they should automatically be grouped the same way when you view them on the other computer.
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I am glad you made it over from Facebook, Ester.  This is a good place for support, requesting features and asking questions. The Champions and Staff here will treat you well.