License Manager says none installed but the expansions are there

Been using BFD3 for many years with the exception for 2021-22 when after changing my Mac to an M1 machine the App wouldn’t find my presets and kits. I tried for a very long time to get it right but didn’t manage to sort out all of the problems.
So 1 year ago I resorted to SD3 and it has worked fine. I have a couple of expansions but I like the sounds in BFD much more.

One month ago I got the latest BFD3 beta from Drew and I read some very informative posts from Fender_Bender on where to place the different components from my old Mac, and voilà, there were my presets, kits and sounds! Everything worked fine with the Beta (build .27).

Now I have installed the latest build (.28) and the BFD License Manager (latest says my expansions are not installed, even though they are authorized. But the kits, presets and sounds are there and everything seems to work.

I feel I will get into trouble again sooner or later if I don’t download and install these expansions, even though they are actually working. And some of the installers (Sixties Motown, Gretsch Round Badge Soul and others…) will not open on an M1 Mac so that will be impossible anyhow.

How do I solve this weirdness?

I’m pretty sure this is a known issue.
I’ve had the same thing for almost a year and I’m sure I’ve seen others report the same.
I just don’t think it’s that hight on the to do list.


This happened to me as well. I think the only thing you can do is re-install the expansions again. It’s only a visual thing and doesn’t affect using the expansions at all. Honestly, the only thing that you realistically will need to see installed is BFD3 itself. I don’t think any of the older expansions will get updates.

I think I tried messing with one of the preferences files showing installed expansions, but I can’t recall if I had success with that or not. I think in the end I just wound up re-installing everything again.

So I’m guessing reinstalling them did the trick?


@Steve63 Not sure if you were replying to me, but if so yes, installing the expansions again will make them show as installed and up-to-date in the LM.

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I’ve go so many expansions it’ll take me all week to download and reinstall them all.


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Thanks guys, I think I’ll just sit down and do nothing then. :+1: