For Python 3.8.10 under Windows 7, I changed PYTHONUSERBASE from C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Python to C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Python by adding a PYTHONUSERBASE environment variable and checking the output of site.getuserbase():

Python 3.8.10 (tags/v3.8.10:3d8993a, May  3 2021, 11:48:03) [MSC v.1928 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32
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>>> import site
>>> site.getuserbase()

But pip won't listen and keeps storing to Roaming:

C:\>pip config set global.target C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Python38\Lib\site-packages
Writing to C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\pip\pip.ini

How to force pip and any other component that might still be looking in Roaming to only see Local?

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How do I set system environment variables in Windows 10?

I think you didn't set the env var correctly! I set, and it works fine!

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