April software brings May downers; hold off on the Windows 10 April Update for a bit

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2018 - 01:51 PM |
Tagged: windows 10, april update, avast, oops

Some machines are having a wee spot o' trouble with the new April Update from Microsoft, rendering their machines fairly unusable.  It seems that after the update your desktop is replaced by an error message, "C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is unavailable" and you are no longer able to use Windows Explorer.  There are numerous ways to recreate the desktop file under your systemprofile directory, however many of these could lead to losing files on your desktop, which is why you are better off following the instructions in this Reddit post.  

So far there have been numerous theories about what is causing this issue but many have proven inaccurate and the remainder are not overly compelling.  Long story short, if you have been holding off on installing this update, you should continue to do so; likely a decision you have already made a while ago.

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"The problem, which first appeared in a posting on a Microsoft support forum on 14 May, has gained a bit of traction over the last two days with users taking to social media as they go through the three stages of installing this update: frustration, fury and despair."

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May 23, 2018 | 02:04 PM - Posted by WhyMe (not verified)

There's not a month that goes by now days where we don't hear about problems with Windows updates, how much things have changed from the days when Windows was generally consider a fairly reliable OS.

May 23, 2018 | 02:28 PM - Posted by unacom

Explorer.exe has been crashing/restarting a lot since I made a clean reinstall of Windows 10 with this update. Though I wouldn't call it a problem, I just lose some icons in the taskbar, no biggie.
But it's a symptom of a bigger issue. It was not really all that great with just a straight upgrade from the previous version. There were things that were borked. And if I have to make clean reinstall every time for stuff to not break, I'm going back to Windows 7 and staying there. It's not worth the hassle.

May 23, 2018 | 03:58 PM - Posted by odizzido2 (not verified)

I don't know why people on W10 put up with it honestly.

May 23, 2018 | 04:19 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

people who got a new machine with win10 don't really have a choice. Lot's of people have various reasons for not tryign to switch to another OS on a new machine. I think it would be way to much of a headache and time waster to even try that ever again.
I did once awhile back with the laptop HDD partitioned, one for Windows and the other for Linux. And it was a sersious PITA to find and then get the wireless working on the Linux side.
Iknow, VM's are a thing, but for project I worked on, it had to be done that way.

May 24, 2018 | 05:03 AM - Posted by Prodeous

Same boat, two systems had to be rolled back.

One couldn't even boot due to Bad Pool Loader (new Ryzen APU build) and second very unstable, even rebooted during attaching image to facebook..

The more complicated things get the harder it is to test them. Still was expecting a tad more from MS.

May 24, 2018 | 08:10 AM - Posted by CK (not verified)

The April 2018 Update also break the ability to control display brightness, which is then stuck at max, especially on older Intel 1st gen HD Graphics chips (Arrandale processor family).

May 24, 2018 | 08:55 AM - Posted by Gunbuster

Microsoft stop calling it an update. It's a full reinstall/migration as evidenced by the big old windows.old folder!

May 24, 2018 | 12:20 PM - Posted by CK (not verified)

I haven't seen a folder like that on any of the twenty some computers where I've applied the April 2018 Update. Maybe you're special! ;-)

May 25, 2018 | 11:54 AM - Posted by Donkey (not verified)

What do you mean by hold off on the update? I don't get a choice. Windows installed it one day when I was turning off the PC and there was no option to skip it.

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