Update - Missing Backup

I recently followed the suggested steps to update. I saw the pop up that said a backup file was being created, but now I can’t find it. All I can find is a backup from March 2014 which is not my most recent document. I’ve searched the computer and dropbox without success. Suggestions on where to find this? Why when I open Scrivener does it open the version from June 2013? Was there another step I was supposed to do?

In case you gave it a different name than you recall, search your entire system for .zip or .scriv files with a date around the time you think you backed up. Don’t forget thumb drives and cloud storage.

It sounds like you’re talking about two different things here. Any message about creating a backup that was part of updating Scrivener would’ve been a temporary backup of the program files created by the installer in case the update didn’t work properly, so it could revert to your previous version of the program. This doesn’t in any way affect your projects, which it sounds like is what you’re looking for. Those are backed up automatically when closed, if you didn’t change the default settings, and are stored in C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Scrivener\Scrivener\Backups on Windows Vista and up (C:\Documents and Settings\YOURUSERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Scrivener\Scrivener\Backups on XP).

There’s no reason you should need to be restoring from a backup just because you updated the program. You should just be able to open the same project you were using previously and pick up where you left of. Is there a chance you’ve got more than one copy saved, from different times, and have opened an older version by mistake? In that case the .scriv search suggested may help you track down the current version. (Your user Documents folder would be the default location for saving a new project, so you may also want to just take a look there first.) Backups are saved as zip archives by default, so also do try the .zip search to look for those.