Warning about LIghtroom 6 Trial & Colour Labels

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I want to warn users of the perils of the Lightroom 6 trial. I installed it with a new, empty catalogue to try it, didn't like it and uninstalled it. I then found all my custom settings for LR5 had also been uninstalled. I've managed to recreate most of them but my Custom Colour Label Set is gone. I've recreated it manually, but EVERY SINGLE COLOUR LABEL I HAVE EVER APPLIED HAS BEEN LOST. The lesson is clear, if you are going to install a trial version of Lightroom, do it on a computer that doesn't have your working copy on it.
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That should only happen if you check the Remove Preferences in the uninstall dialog. If you leave it unchecked it uninstalls/reinstalls/reverts to older versions with no loss of settings.
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I probably did, but I was expecting it to remove preferences from the software I was uninstalling, not from another instance of Lightroom! It is at best unclear, perhaps it should say "Remove Preferences from this and every other instance of Lightroom"
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Hang on, your color labels should haven't been lost. Look in the Metadata panel and see what label is applied. They just won't show as color labels unless the text matches the current Color Label Set.
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You are right, they are still there, just not visible and therefore not useful, because I hadn't used exactly the same words when I created the new list. Thanks for pointing it out, I've copied and pasted the old text into the new label descriptions the colours are now all back.

But the warning and frustration still stands, uninstalling a trial version of LR6 should not have made changes to LR5, in my view. It wasn't only the custom colour label settings which were lost but a lot of preferences, too.