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Microsoft has once again been criticised for breaking customers’ computers with the latest Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Some users on social media and Microsoft Community forum claims that Windows 10 April 2018 Update makes it impossible for the system to boot to desktop.

It looks like that the Windows 10 April 2018 Update breaks down a number of computers and users are not able to boot to desktop. The users claim that after installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update, the desktop screen throws an error message “Location is not available – C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is unavailable.”

The thread on Microsoft community forums was created on May 14 but in the past few days, the number of reports has grown significantly.

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, the company might soon detail the workaround.

“Desktop is unavailable” after installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update

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).

  • Boot to Advanced Startup Options menu: Hit F11 as soon as the PCs powers on and the advanced startup menu will show up.
  • Tap on System Restore option to restore your computer to the previous version of Windows 10.

If nothing works, you can always reinstall Windows 10. To reinstall the OS, you will need a Windows installation media. First and foremost, download Windows 10 April 2018 Update ISO files. Follow the steps that we have outlined in our article and create a bootable DVD or USB stick, boot from it on your machine to reinstall Windows 10.

It’s not the first time reports of botched Windows 10 updates have surfaced online. Earlier this month, a patch released for Windows 10 April 2018 Update was causing a black screen on some PCs.

We have reached out to Microsoft for a comment and we’ll update this post if we hear back.

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