I'm pretty sure it works in the version. So if you download files in GUI, changing the default download path to another, exit WinSCP and check the LastLocalTargetDirectory in registry, does it change to the new download path?
No it does not. After exiting WinSCP, the registry key LastLocalTargetDirectory had NOT changed to the last download directory.
i also re-ran the experiment you noted, but this time before exiting I selected Set As Default in the Transfer Settings, but that did not help. After exiting WinSCP, the registry LastLocalTargetDirectory still had NOT changed to the last download directory.
I am wondering if IT has not given me the appropriate permissions to be able to save the default differently. I know that IT can give me permissions to specific folders on my local drive, but I don't know what it takes to give me the ability to save changes that update in the registry key.