Cannot set game controls

I had this problem previously but none of the suggested coursed of action helped, I left Elite for a while as I wanted to do other things with my time and the controls problem was annoying. Now I am thinking about spending some time playing Elite again, predictably I find that all of my old control settings are gone (seems to happen with every update, infuriating and dumb!) but worse is that I cannot even set them now, they literally get wiped out the moment I click Apply and go back to the game.

Something is seriously wrong, I want to eliminate my local system as the cause so intend to completely clear Elite from my PC - could someone give me a guide on how to do this please? I can't just uninstall the game (through Steam, probably), I need to completely clear every trace of it so that I can be sure there are no corrupt or locked files hiding away somewhere. I am using Windows 7 x64, Elite used to work fine on it a few years ago but since an update about a year ago it has had this problem whereby it forgets my control settings, playing with keys or basic joystick / joypad input just isn't on, I spent good money on a joystick and a throttle with loads of buttons, I want to use them.

Thanks in advance!
Before you do that you could just go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\Frontier Developments\Elite Dangerous\Options\Bindings and delete any .binds file other than "custom" then try to make your changes in-game and see if they stick. (There is a known "feature" that if there are copies of binds files with the same preset name INSIDE the file - filename doesn't matter - then changes are not saved.) Also make sure your binds file is not set to read-only.

BTW the other directory tree that Elite writes to is %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Frontier Developments\Elite Dangerous\ where your logs and journals are kept.
Had a few minutes so looked into this just now, turned out there were quite a few .binds files in that %localappdata% folder mentioned, I just deleted all of them and the game made a new one for me, all seems to be good now, phew! I'll take a backup of that binds file once I'm happy with all of my controls and store it somewhere safe (away from that folder!)

Thanks again.
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