I was considered a computer expert at the “Windows XP for Dummies” forum before coming over here. Maybe I should have stayed?
So I was able to figure out the issue after the help here.
Problem 1: I didn’t understand that “templates” are not the same as the Qube VMs.
Problem 2: I also didn’t realize ALL Qubes revert back to their prior state after closing except for templates. There are disposable Qubes and so I thought those were the ones that reverted and that everything else was somewhat fixed. I was also confused because initially those template Qubes don’t have any internet connection and I thought they weren’t supposed to have any. So I did add access and then turned off Internet access after for those templates.
Can someone please clarify what the difference is between a disposable Qube and a regular domain cube? I think that was part of my problem.
I ended up going into the templates to install apps. They still wouldn’t update after that and I had to do qvm-sync-appmenus in order to get it updated.
I still do not understand this operating system very well.