Windows 10: Windows 10 update chaos

  1.    05 Nov 2017 #1

    Windows 10 update chaos

    Hi all,

    After a recent update, Windows, basically, deleted my existing desktop. I've had to reinstall apps, wallpapers, settings, and browsers (Firefox and Chrome) but now all my passwords and bookmarks are missing. Contacted Windows tech who performed a remote update......yet nothing has changed. This is incredibly frustrating. Has anyone else experienced this?
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  2.    05 Nov 2017 #2

    It's not clear from your description what exactly happened. I once had a somewhat similar incident where, on login, there was a brief message saying that Windows could not load my desktop, and I looked at a virgin desktop with none of my settings and apps preserved. What had happened was that, possibly due to a race condition, Windows was unable to load my user registry hives.
    I crossed my fingers and rebooted at that point, and this time everything loaded just fine. However, I have a hunch that, had I given up immediately and started to reconfigure things, then my previous settings might have been lost for good. No idea exactly why this happened, and absolutely no question that something like that should never happen, but it's Windows 10 we are talking about after all. The concept of quality control has been abandoned completely at Microsoft, and we're dealing with an OS that's in an eternal beta state. Frequent backups are pretty much the only way to keep your sanity these days.
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  3.    05 Nov 2017 #3

    Hi Pirx,

    Yes, a virgin desktop is an apt description. It happened after an automatic update.

    Managed to find my files, but I'm still having to spend hours trying to get things back to how they were. Not great when I'm not as tech savvy as I once was. It just feels intrusive.
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  4.    05 Nov 2017 #4

    In my case it just happened out of the blue. No updates, no software installs, nothing; just so.
    And, yes, this is not just intrusive; it's a catastrophic bug for something like that to even be possible. We are talking hours, potentially days of work lost.
    Like I said, it's Windows 10 we are working with here; nobody cares, as long as you have an OS that can show people cute kittens on the internet in their Start Menu.
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