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  • Have you seen this? Win10 1803 error: “C:\…\systemprofile\Desktop is not available” and an empty desktop

    Posted on May 21st, 2018 at 20:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing more and more reports of people who are upgrading to Win10 1803 and end up with an error message that dates back to 2009 or earlier: The message has changed a bit over the years. The latest version I’ve seen (warning, highly NSFW link) says:

    C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable.If the location is on this PC, make sure that the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure that you’re connected to the network or Internet, then try again. If the location still can’t be found, it might have been moved or deleted.

    Here’s one of several older versions:

    C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.

    Which is all rot, of course.

    When the machine comes back up, the screen’s black — no Start menu, no desktop, no apps, no restore points, no nothing. And all of the usual advice for bringing your system back doesn’t seem to work.

    If you find yourself facing a dead desktop and a bunch of bafflegab about unavailable locations, please drop a note here. We’ll see if we can grab a log file or two to help narrow down the problem.

    Thx, Susan Bradley, Patch Lady

  • Sorta-low-cost Surface tablet coming

    Posted on May 16th, 2018 at 08:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Mary Jo Foley nailed it:

    Microsoft looks to be ready to try to tackle the low end of the PC market with a new low-end, low-cost Surface line-up. But the big question is why.

    So we can expect a tablet the size of a small iPad Pro, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, for $400. Plus $100 for the pen. Plus $120 for the keyboard/cover.


  • How and where to find ISOs for old versions of Windows 10

    Posted on May 15th, 2018 at 06:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You’ll find lots of torrents and pirate download sites, but I still strongly recommend against using them (yes, even if you check the hashes).

    Instead, read this article by Ed Tittel and Kari Paajolahti. They look at downloading through the UUP Dump MiniServer and HeiDoc.net (an old friend). They both offer links into Microsoft’s own copies of the old ISOs.

    That’s the way to go.

  • Microsoft 365: Wherein Windows takes a back seat

    Posted on May 11th, 2018 at 13:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you want to stick with Windows, here’s an important primer on where it’s heading.

    Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet.

  • Has your copy of Win10 version 1803 been updated?

    Posted on May 4th, 2018 at 11:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing reports – notably from Bogdan Popa – that there’s a Day 1 cumulative update rolling out to those of you who downloaded and installed 1803 from the Windows download site, or from Windows Update.

    The original release is build 17134.1. If you got the Day 1 update, you’ll be on build 17134.5. (Type About in the Cortana search box.) Those of us who stuck through the Windows Insider updates are on 17134.5. Many people are on 17134.1. I updated a VM, but it’s still on 17134.1, and I don’t really trust VMs to tell the whole truth.

    If you just got version 1803 — by hook or by crook, but not through the Insider program — could you check your version number for me?


  • April: Windows 10 share down, Windows 7 up

    Posted on May 3rd, 2018 at 20:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    At a time when Windows 7’s user share should be falling, and Windows 10 on the rise, Net Applications’ data for April shows the opposite.

    Gregg Keizer at Computerworld.

  • Watch out: Win10 1803 is getting rolled out to Win10 1709 PCs

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 12:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s announcement says:

    The April 2018 Update will be available as a free download beginning Monday, April 30.

    They didn’t say when good ol’ Windows Update would start kicking machines up. Many folks figured May 8, Patch Tuesday, but it looks like many folks were wrong.

    I’m seeing reports that Windows Update on version 1709 is now installing 1803, all over the world.

    Be careful out there. Get your machine locked down. There’s absolutely nothing in version 1803 that you can’t wait a month or two to get. Or a lifetime or two, for that matter.

  • You still have time to get a copy of Win10 1709

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 11:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Per a tweet from Paul Thurrott, the Download Windows 10 site is still offering version 1709. I just checked and it’s still there.

    If you think you may need a copy of 1709 in the future, hop over there and download an official ISO.

    Whatever you do, don’t burn it on a CD and then sell the CD as if it were a “genuine” 1709 CD.

    Update: as mentioned in the comments, the page is now offering version 1803. Sic transit gloria.