How To Fix C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop Is Unavailable On Windows 10 1803 Login

The Windows 10 1803 update has a bug whereby it cannot find the folder located at C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop. The error makes it so you cannot access anything on your desktop and this error can appear if you’re updating from an older version or doing a clean install. The error surfaces once you’ve gone through the entire update process. Here are two ways to fix the problem.

Control Userpasswords2

Tap the Win + R keyboard shortcut to open the run box. In the run box, type cmd.exe and tap Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open Command Prompt with admin rights. In Command Prompt, enter the following, and tap enter.

control userpasswords2

This will open the User Accounts window. Click the Add button and add a new user. You can add a local user or a Microsoft account and assign it admin rights if you want. You can do this later as well if you want. Once you add a second user, restart Windows, and login with it. This is the easiest way to go if you don’t want to lose your files and have to install apps again.

Clean Install

If the above method doesn’t work, you still have two options and you may lose files and apps via one of them. You will need to create a install disk for Windows 10. Use the media creation tool and create a USB that can install Windows 10, connect it to your system and turn it on. It will ask if you want to upgrade the current installation. Select the upgrade option and when prompted, choose the option to keep both files and apps.

If you get the error again, try the previous solution one more time after you attempt the update from the USB stick. If that doesn’t work, you’re going to have to do a clean install of Windows 10. To keep your files save, you should try booting from a live disk to back up the files you want to save. Your apps will be lost once you finish installing Windows 10.

The error message for this bug is called “Location is not available” but there are several bugs that have this exact same name. The above solutions work only if the location that the error reports as unavailable is C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop. This same error appears for other locations too and they may or may not have anything to do with the April update. They will also have their own solutions though it’s safe to say a clean install will fix them all.

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How To Close Multiple Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

Windows 10 has virtual desktops. You can create and close virtual desktops with a keyboard shortcut. Windows 10 normally doesn’t warn you when you’ve opened one too many virtual desktops. It does have a limit to how many virtual desktops you can open but you’re highly unlikely to ever reach that limit. Virtual desktops are great but their performance, specifically how quickly you can switch between them and how  many you can open before they start to impact your system’s performance depends on your hardware. If you’ve opened one too many virtual desktops, you need to close them quickly and free up your system’s resources. Here’s how you can close multiple virtual desktops at once.

Close Multiple Virtual Desktops

If your system is snailing by, you can use the Win+Ctrl+ F4 keyboard shortcut to close a virtual desktop. Repeat this shortcut until all your virtual desktops are closed, or until you manage to trim them down to a number your system can handle. Closing a virtual desktop does not close any apps or windows that are open on it.

If you have one too many virtual desktops open for the keyboard shortcut to be a convenient way to close it, you can use a PowerShell script. Microsoft has a PowerShell script called CloseAllVirtualDesktopInWin10 that you can download and run to close multiple virtual desktops.

Extract the script, right-click it and select Run with PowerShell. Double-clicking the .ps1 file will not work as by default Windows doesn’t let you run PowerShell scripts like that.

You might see a prompt in PowerShell asking if you want to allow the script to run and that it is blocked by the execution policy. Allow the script to run and it will close all your virtual desktops. The time it takes will vary because again, this is about your system’s capabilities.

It goes without saying that this script isn’t meant for routine use. It’s for when your system freezes to the point where individually closing virtual desktops one at a time will tax your time. For ordinary everyday use, you should stick to the keyboard shortcut.

To be clear, the system freeze or delay you experience has to do with your system’s capabilities and not a limit that Windows 10 has imposed. You should be able to open 4-6 virtual desktops regardless of how dated your system is but its capabilities will be impacted by the apps you have running. If you have resource hungry apps running on your system, it will affect how many desktops you can comfortably open and switch between without lag.

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How To Hide The Reserved Drive Visible After Windows 10 1803

When you install Windows on a laptop or desktop, it creates a small reserved drive. You never have to intervene or specify how big or small this drive ought to be. Usually, it’s just 500MB, or less but it’s essential. If you use an SSD instead of an HDD, you may not see the reserved drive but it’s there. It seems that after the Windows 10 1803 update the reserved partition is appearing when you go to This PC and Windows 10 is now warning you that you’re running out of space on the reserved drive. You can make it stop if you hide the reserved drive.

Hide Reserved Drive

Hiding a reserve drive is really easy and the tool needed to do it is built into in Windows.

You can hide the reserved drive from the Command Prompt, or using Disk Management. In either case, you need administrative rights.

Command Prompt

Open Command Prompt with administrative rights. Enter the following command;

Diskpart

Next, enter this command;

List volume

This will list all drives, assigned and unassigned on your system. You can check in This PC what the drive letter is for the reserved drive but the information the List volume command gives you is reliable. It will also tell you which drive is the reserved drive.

The reserved drive should be assigned a letter. Take note of the letter it is assigned and enter the following command. Replace the letter X with the letter of the reserved drive the List Volume command gave you.

remove letter=X

Disk Management

In Windows Search, type Disk Management. You will get a Control Panel result for creating and formatting hard drive (and SSD) partitions. Select it.

Disk Management is really just a graphical interface for doing the exact same thing you did in Command Prompt in the previous section. Look for the reserved drive, and right-click it. From the context menu, select ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths…’. The drive in the screenshot below is NOT the reserved drive. The screenshot only illustrates the option form the context menu that you need to click.

Another smaller window will open where you need to click the ‘Remove’ option. This will not delete data from the drive. It will still be there and Windows will be able to use it whenever it needs to. It will simply remove the assigned letter so that the drive is no longer visible in This PC and Windows 10 doesn’t prompt you to clear up some space in it.

If you do not see a reserved drive in This PC after upgrading to Windows 10 1803, it simply means that whatever bug this is, it isn’t affecting you. Reserved drives are supposed to be hidden so that their content cannot be deleted.

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How To Remove Adobe Creative Cloud From Windows 10

It seems every single popular app has a cloud solution bundled with it. Cloud drives are no doubt popular but that doesn’t necessarily mean a cloud option needs to be added to every single app that we use. Users generally tend to favor one or two cloud drives and use it to sync files, regardless what type they are. Adobe is one such company that bundles its cloud solution with its apps. You might buy a Photoshop or Illustrator license but when you install these app, Adobe Creative Cloud is installed as well. This app makes a place for itself in the File Explorer navigation pane, and in the system tray It’s always running. Here’s how you can remove Adobe Creative Cloud but still keep your apps.

Remove Adobe Creative Cloud

In order to remove Adobe Creative Cloud from your system, you need to download the official uninstaller app for it. It’s provided by Adobe and it can be downloaded here. Clicking the link will begin the download.

Once downloaded, you need to extract the zipped file. Make sure that you do not have any Adobe apps open. Run the EXE inside the extracted folder. It will show you a warning saying you have apps that use Creative Cloud and removing it will affect them. What this essentially means is that the apps e.g. Photoshop and Illustrator will not be able to save files to Adobe’s Creative Cloud which you weren’t using to begin with.

Accept the on-screen prompt, and proceed with the uninstaller. You will get an on-screen prompt telling you the app has been uninstalled.

Remove Adobe Creative Cloud From File Explorer

Once you remove Adobe Creative Cloud, you will no longer see its icon in the System Tray, and you will not see it listed in Startup tab in Task Manager. Unfortunately, you will still see it in File Explorer. The uninstaller doesn’t edit the Windows Registry on its way out so the folder is still there. To remove it, open the Windows Registry by typing regedit in the run box or in Windows Search. Navigate to the following location;

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\

Look for a key named {0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-960EE002A5DE}, select it, and delete it.

That’s about it. Open File Explorer and Creative Cloud will no longer appear in the navigation pane. If you ever install Creative Cloud again, the registry entry will be added back automatically.

If you use Adobe Creative Cloud but do not want it to appear in File Explorer, you can skip the uninstaller and just edit the Windows Registry to remove it from the navigation pane.

If you have any files saved to this folder, they will not be deleted. The folder is still there and you will need to remove it manually.

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How To Enable Fingerprint And PIN Login On Windows 10 1803

The Windows 10 April Update resulted in dynamic lock devices no longer working for some users. For Windows 10 users connected to a domain, it seems the fingerprint unlock and PIN login has stopped working. When users go to the Settings app to enable fingerprint and PIN login, the options are greyed out. There’s a pretty simple fix for this but it involves editing the Windows registry.

Fingerprint And PIN Login

In order to edit the Windows registry, you need administrative rights. Open the registry by typing regedit in Windows search, or in the run box.

Navigate to the following location. You can paste it in the location bar in the Windows Registry Editor and jump straight to it.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

Here, look for a DWORD value named AllowDomainPINLogon. If it’s not there, right-click System and select New>DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it AllowDomainPINLogon, and set its value to 00000001.

Restart your system and then open the Settings app. Go to the Accounts group of settings. Select the Sign-in Options tab, and the fingerprint and PIN unlock options should be enabled.

This seems like a bug but it was done deliberately. Ideally, adding the DWORD value back to the Windows Registry should resolve the problem. Windows 10 should still remember your PIN and your fingerprints after the update however, that’s not the case for everyone.

If after adding the DWORD value, Windows 10 doesn’t recognize your PIN or saved fingerprints, remove them all and add them again. This is something slightly similar to the dynamic lock problem which had to be resolved by removing the devices used to lock/unlock devices, and then adding them back again. This solution works for users who are connected to a domain. If you’re not connected to a domain but experiencing this same problem, you can try this fix but there are no guarantees that it will work.

If you’re still unable to use a PIN or a fingerprint to unlock, check with your network administrator. There might be additional measures in place to prevent the feature from working. If your hardware ie.. fingerprint scanner is particularly dated, it may be that the new update is not compatible with it. There’s no simple way to tell if the device is compatible or not. You can try checking on the manufacturer’s website or by using an external scanner to see if it works. If it does, the problem is likely with your device. Try rolling back to an older driver for your fingerprint scanner and it might work again. If it doesn’t, you might need to look at getting an external scanner or upgrading your system.

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