How to Fix Settings.dat.old Problems and Download Updates

Last Updated: 07/04/2022
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Backup Archive files, such as settings.dat.old, are considered a type of Backup (Backup Archive) file. They are associated with the OLD file extension, developed by BitTorrent for BitTorrent 7.10.5.

The first release in the Windows 10 Operating System for settings.dat.old was on 02/22/2019 inside BitTorrent 7.10.5. This is not only most recent release from BitTorrent, but it's the only version known in existence.

Please continue reading to find your correct settings.dat.old file version download (free), detailed file information, and OLD file troubleshooting instructions.

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File Overview

General Information
File Name: settings.dat.old
File Extension: OLD file extension
File Type: Backup
Description: Backup Archive
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Developer and Software Information
Software Program: BitTorrent 7.10.5
Developer: BitTorrent
Software: BitTorrent
Software Version: 7.10.5
File Details
File Size (Bytes): 8322
Oldest File Date: 10/09/2019
Latest File Date: 10/09/2019

What are settings.dat.old Error Messages?

General settings.dat.old Runtime Errors

Settings.dat.old file errors often occur during the startup phase of BitTorrent, but can also occur while the program is running. These types OLD errors are also known as “runtime errors” because they occur while BitTorrent is running. Here are some of the most common settings.dat.old runtime errors:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error!

Program: C:\Users\Tester\AppData\Roaming\BitTorrent\settings.dat.old

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.

Most OLD errors are due to missing or corrupt files. Your settings.dat.old file could be missing due to accidental deletion, uninstalled as a shared file of another program (shared with BitTorrent), or deleted by a malware infection. Furthermore, settings.dat.old file corruption could be caused from a power outage when loading BitTorrent, system crash while loading or saving settings.dat.old, bad sectors on your storage media (usually your primary hard drive), or malware infection. Thus, it’s critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

How to Fix settings.dat.old Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your settings.dat.old issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.

Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the settings.dat.old error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: If recently installed BitTorrent (or related software), uninstall then try reinstalling BitTorrent software.

You can uninstall BitTorrent software by following these instructions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Uninstall" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. Find the entry for BitTorrent 7.10.5 and click "Uninstall"
  5. Follow the prompts for uninstallation.

After the software has been fully uninstalled, restart your PC and reinstall BitTorrent software.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

BitTorrent 7.10.5


Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many settings.dat.old error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the settings.dat.old error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.

If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your settings.dat.old File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate settings.dat.old file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free settings.dat.old files for every applicable version of BitTorrent. Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download settings.dat.old Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy this file to the appropriate BitTorrent folder location:
    Windows 10: C:\Users\Tester\AppData\Roaming\BitTorrent\
  4. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows 10.

GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve settings.dat.old problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.

Download settings.dat.old Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)

CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying settings.dat.old to your appropriate Windows system directory. BitTorrent typically does not release BitTorrent OLD files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing settings.dat.old and all other OLD files for BitTorrent. An incorrectly installed OLD file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

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Files Related to settings.dat.old

OLD Files Related to settings.dat.old

File Name Description Software Program (Version) File Size (bytes) File Location
settings.dat.old Backup Archive BitTorrent 7.10.5 8322 C:\Users\Tester\AppData\Roaming\BitTorrent\

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