Skip to comments.Another week, another bunch of Windows 10 machines punched by a patch (user profiles scrambled)
Posted on 02/14/2020 9:54:54 AM PST by dayglored
As 1809 is nudged toward the darkness, the Baron of Bork has plans for 1903 and 1909
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and duff patches from Microsoft. So, yes, some Windows 10 users have found their PC unhappy following Tuesday's patch shenanigans.
A helpful forum posting from one of Microsoft's loyal MVPs concerning the arrival of KB4532693 for Windows 10 1903 and 1909, and KB4532691 for 1809, has seen some customers reporting that the updates had left their systems a little distressed.
Users have found things reset to a seemingly default state and a temporary user account used for login, the desktop and taskbar shorn of icons, keyboard layouts changed, applications (such as Firefox) not working, and Windows 10 keen to have a user set up their profiles again.
It sounds suspiciously like, for some users, the update somehow restarted Windows 10 using a temporary account, which naturally lacks the settings locked away with the user's profile.
The Microsoft forum is the usual car crash. Some users have found that a few restarts will restore their PCs to working order. Others have opted to uninstall the offending update and put a hold on receiving any more for as long as possible. A potentially risky approach, since there are some important fixes in the patch, but understandable when faced with the borked computer.
Reddit also has its fair share of users complaining about the update. One running Windows 10 1809 reported that the patch "messed up almost everything about my PC".
Microsoft has remained tight-lipped on what might be happening, with the support article for the 1903 and 1909 update warning of issues around Windows Server Container images, but otherwise the update was expected to improve "the installation experience when updating to Windows 10, version 1903" and security.
Shovelling a user's profile off into the recesses of the hard disk is one way of securing things. If you can't access your apps and data, presumably nobody can.
We will update this piece when Microsoft responds to our request for comment. In the meantime, as 1809 prepares to go gentle into that good night as far most users are concerned, it is reassuring to know that the later versions are still seemingly possessed of an ability to make user profiles magically disappear. ®
No problems yet! (legs crossed)
Got the updates on my PC and laptop w/o any issues...
If somebody was to come out with a Window Primitive OS (ie Seven) I’d buy it.
So, now I know what happened.....
a lot of people would- I’m still using 7 in a dual boot scenario- linux being my main os- windows 7 is my gaming and photoshop os-
If somebody was to come out with a Window Primitive OS (ie Seven) Id buy it.
You can buy Seven on ebay.
happened to me last week. still cant use the computer at all.
Probably Microsoft’s way of resetting users who have limited Microsoft’s reach by turning off most of their invasive “features”.
Sure, but don't complain if you use that computer to access any online account, especially financial and medical accounts, and you end up being hacked. Sorry, I loved Win 7 Pro a lot, but I won't risk our personal information.
It's worse than "There are no more security patches". The fact is, the Windows 10 patches now give the Bad Guys a pile of clear examples of things that need fixing on Win10 that will never get fixed on Win7. Win7 has a bulls-eye painted on its back now, and it will get progressively worse with time.
Using Win7 in a closed network environment (no internet connection) is the only way I'll run it from now on.
I have been auto-updating for at least 10 years and never had a single problem.
Three different machines, all purchased new and all updating on the MS schedule.
All Brand name hardware.
I’m baffled as to why people have trouble with these updates. They are obviously doing something different than me.
A PC guy once told me that folks who have trouble are those who install applications that re-write register settings. But I don’t know if that’s true or if it’s that simple.
Mine’s working fine with the new updates.
My machine runs OK, now.
I hope Bill Gates’ new yacht needs frequent software updates.
I tried updating to 1909 and there was a profile error on the first boot. Stuck right there. Had to force a reboot. Then almost nothing remained of installed programs. Even folders and files were wiped from the desktop. But the user profile had the same name. The desktop was almost like a brand new one(Even the wall paper was gone). Firefox profile was completely wiped. No bookmarks or anything. Email program wiped of accounts and data.
I had to uninstall it and go back. Thank God everything returned to normal.
I updated this week and later in the day, I shut my computer down and restarted later. When I entered my password, the main page did not display any of my programs, etc. Talk about stressing out! Had to restart four times in order for everything to show up and ever since then have had no issues.
You may be wasting your money. Modern CPUs are made for Win10 and are not compatible with older Windows OSs like Win7.
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