My default settings include Clairty which is not included in the Auto settings, Profile, Sharpening/Noise adjustments based on ISO and lens corrections. If I activate Auto from the first post my default settings don't auto apply. If I deactivate the Auto settings then my defaults apply. This never use to happen with 7.2. Both the Auto settings and my Defaults applied at import.
What I like/liked about this setup is Adobe's auto analyzes every image independently at import and with my default settings I had an import to export workflow if I needed it. Not sure what they changed.
Well I guess no one answers in these forums. This is definitely an 7.3 issue. I reverted back to 7.2 and it works perfectly. I know Adobe had it's hands full with the 7.3 presets but this seems to be separate issue.
I just finished with with Adobe support and I talked to the supervisor who assured me Adobe is aware of this specific issue. We will see.