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Windows 10 April 2018 update causing “location is not available”

Till the start of windows 10 April 2018 update rollout process, Users complain a number of issues such as chrome freezes system, Black screen after install updates, Intel and Toshiba SSDs incompatible with windows 10 version 1803 and more. Now again users report installing Windows 10 April 2018 update causing error “Location is not available” And makes it impossible for the system to boot to the desktop.

As users report on Microsoft forum

PC is working really normal before update, But installing windows 10 April 2018 update Showing error “location is not available
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you’re connected to the network or internet, and then try again. If the location still can’t be found, it might have been moved or deleted. – OK


Note: With Windows 10 update KB4284835, Microsoft has fixed an issue causing systems to boot to a black screen after upgrading to the Windows 10 version 1803. Also fixed an issue where users report after upgrade to windows 10 April 2018 update desktop became blank and shows “location not available” Where company explains that the issues occurred because of the compatibility issues with previous updates to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

“Addresses an issue that caused the system to start-up to a black screen. This issue occurs because previous updates to the Spring Creators Update were incompatible with specific versions of PC tune-up utilities after installation”.

location is not availableafter installing Windows 10 version 1803

Microsoft hasn’t yet acknowledged the bug but since the number of systems impacted by the issue has grown significantly in the last few days, hope Microsoft address the issue soon. But If you’ve upgraded your computer to Windows 10 April 2018 Update and the desktop is unavailable for whatever reasons, you may need to restore the operating system to the previous version (Fall Creators Update version 1709).

If you are able to access Windows settings from there you can use the Rollback option ( under update & security -> recovery ) to uninstall windows 10 version 1803 Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.

Go back to the previous version of windows 10

If unable to access the settings menu then Boot into Advanced Startup Options menu or hit F11 as soon as the PCs powers on advanced startup menu will show up. Here Tap on the System Restore option to restore your computer to the previous version of Windows 10.

Also from Advanced options, you can use Go back to the previous build option to uninstall windows 10 version 1803. And for time being defer windows 10 update to prevent windows 10 install the latest version.

Go Back Previous build Advanced options

If nothing works, you can always reinstall Windows 10.

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