Lost all USB in Windows 10 after 22H2 update - need help badly

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  1. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 22H2
    Thread Starter

    Well, I guess that something went wrong with the update, which most likely caused the problem. Windows.old should be on the System disk, right? Where the current Windows directory is.
    I don't see it there in command prompt from advanced startup or when booting from Kyhi's disk.

    - - - Updated - - -

    No ideas on how to sort this out?
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  2. Posts : 4,446

    chipset "drivers" wont help here, because they aren't drivers. They are .inf files that put descriptions in device manager to get rid of the yellow bangs. They are not drivers and the intel chipset utility does not contain drivers.

    in the absence of windows.old, or an image, or a shadow copy it doesn't look promising.

    Does the boot media ( either recovery disk or installation media ) offer to uninstall the last update ?
    Troubleshoot>Advanced Options>Uninstall Updates>Uninstall latest Feature Update

    If you can't do that because of your attempted system restore:

    you could try offline ( i.e. from winpe ) Repair a Windows Image
    Last edited by SIW2; 28 Feb 2023 at 12:55.
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  3. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 22H2
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately it offers to uninstall the last update but fails. (without much explanation)

    There is no way to go on advanced settings command prompt and from there alter the startup to check for updates and install them without any input?
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  4. Posts : 42,512
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, somehow you have both

    - what appears to be an Insider build, for which there is no apparent explanation or background- 'shouldn't have been possible' it seems.

    - a corrupt installation which you can't boot usefully.

    The only path I see is
    a. Rescue what data you haven't already backed up, special attention needed for e.g. browser-related data and settings and any email client in use
    b. Clean install

    Thereafter protect your PC - with regular (frequent?) disk imaging

    If this problem arose because of others using it, then consider getting them their own device and locking it down and backing it up appropriately.
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  5. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 22H2
    Thread Starter

    Look, a "corrupt installation" can mean a million things. In reality I have a perfectly good installation where a Windows update messed up the USB. Apparently this isn't such a uncommon thing, just found vast topic about precisely this situation on Microsoft website. Most people recovered just fine their system by using a PS2 mouse. Sadly this very simple solution is not possible in my case for lack of a PS2 port.
    I understood your point since yesterday, please stop pushing with the "clean install" idea, it is not constructive and again it would be an absolutely last resort.
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  6. Posts : 42,512
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    You could spend a lot of time on this and probably get nowhere. Or you might get lucky.

    Now let me make a TRULY CONSTRUCTIVE suggestion- please do NOT reject it as it is based on a clean install, but rescues what you have installed from your current build.

    a. Create a disk image of your current Windows partition. This can be done.
    b. Clean install Win 10
    c. Get a copy of either Laplink PCMover or Easeus Todo PCTrans (1 time use license).
    d. Install that on your new Win 10 install.

    Using your disk image as source for that program, transfer your user accounts and installed programs and data into your new build.

    You will have a valid Windows installation, and most of your programs, your settings etc as was.

    I have used this a couple of times- years ago now. I had hundreds of programs installed: 95% or more were fine.. a few needed licenses reapplying, some needed reinstalling.

    Do not use this for e.g. Office Suites, large games or security software. (The programs let you choose).

    I wish you good luck, and on the basis of your comment, goodbye, having spent quite a lot of my free time attempting to help you. Now unsubscribed.
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  7. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 22H2
    Thread Starter

    Thank you. This was indeed an attempt at a constructive suggestion. Sadly it wasn't going to work as office suite and games were some of the reasons why I would consider reinstall as a last resort. Not to mention that on this particular system (also described before) getting the SSD out involves an insane amount of careful tinkering etc.

    I am looking for advice on how to force another update from advanced startup command prompt etc. Or to edit the registry by booting with Kyhi's disc etc. Or something similar. The system boots all the way to desktop just fine, there surely must be a way to alter the registry so it sets automatic updates to ON etc.
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  8. Posts : 6,196
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu

    Boot from Kyri drive and find what letter is the Windows partition (It may not be C:) and do a offline SFC

    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:
    sfc /SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=X:\ /OFFWINDIR=X:\windows (replace X with Windows partition letter)

    You my use DISM to offline repair Windows. You must create a Windows image source from a Win 10 installation file.
    Use DISM Offline to Repair Windows 10 Image (2 Ways)

    Last edited by Megahertz; 28 Feb 2023 at 09:20.
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  9. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 22H2
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the suggestions, I will try them when I get home. Wouldn't be possible to use DISM online by booting to advanced startup command prompt?
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  10. Posts : 6,196
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu

    Adr1an said:
    Thanks for the suggestions, I will try them when I get home. Wouldn't be possible to use DISM online by booting to advanced startup command prompt?
    On Advanced startup you are booting from WinRE so you're offline and don't have internet.
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