Latest Windows 10 Update May Delete Files

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Updates for Windows 10 have not had the best of roll outs this month. Pretty sure there are those at Microsoft that wish the title of this story read “Latest Windows 10 may delete fails” but that is not the case. It’s only been a matter of weeks since Windows 7 reached end of life support. Windows 10, the nearly five year-old successor, continues to have quality assurance issues with updates. To be fair any operating system can receive an update that causes issues but Windows has come under the spotlight more than a few times in the last six months. Sometimes these issues may only affect a small percentage of users but it you happen to be one of them there’s not much comfort to be found in those facts.

The latest update, KB4532693, has taken things to another level. At first it, a seemingly minor annoyance, its deletions were limited to desktop icons or shortcuts. On the more serious side for a small number of users it prevented the affected computer from booting. TechRadar has reported this is due to Windows creating a temporary user profile during boot. That was three days ago and over the weekend stories progressively got worse. Now they are reporting that it may actually delete any files on the desktop. A couple of fixes may work for those experiencing this. At first some reported uninstalling the update solved it. Other users reported that restoring their original profile corrected it. Looking through thread for February’s cumulative up shows varied experiences.

Twice in the same week

Update KB4532693 may be the cherry on top but another happened at the same time. Released same day, KB4524244, provided HP users a headache. Ironically this security update had issues with an HP security feature. In doing so it prevents select HP machines from booting. The fix for that was easy. Just turn off the feature but that was a feature relating to secure booting. This particular update, though, was serious enough that MS pulled it.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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