Windows 10 KB4532693 update is allegedly deleting files

It appears that there could another issue with Windows 10
KB4532693 – and it’s a nasty one, potentially involving the
loss of some user data such as the desktop files. First off,
it’s important to understand that this is simply based on a
small but a growing number of user reports.

As we
reported yesterday, Windows 10 KB4532693 security update
reverts certain system settings to their defaults and also
removes files from the desktop. For many users, Windows 10 has
renamed main user profile folder and files can be restored from
C:Users profile folder ending in .000 or .bak name.

While many users are able to restore their files from the
temporary folder, some users who have lost all desktop files
are unable to get around that profile folder.

In some cases, users have completely failed to find any sign of
the vanished personal data after installing Windows 10

In our comment section, two users confirmed that the update has
deleted their personal files:

“My desktop is black, icons are gone, Taskbar and Start menu
are also empty. Uninstalled the update and my data is still
missing, I cannot find it anywhere,” one user wrote. “I call
BS, some users of Surface have no temporary accounts, their
data is gone,” another user confirmed the reports.

In a thread on Microsoft’s answer forum, users claim they lost
all files from the desktop:

“I was on the phone with Microsoft for 4 hours. Surface Pro 7
about 2 months old. There’s no user data, no temporary account,
no restore points. Uninstalling the update didn’t work because
my user data is gone.  Microsoft is calling in the morning
because they think my personal services are free. I know the
only option is to flatten the Surface and start over, like
Groundhog Day the movie. I have two desktops upgraded from
Windows 7 that survived, if that helps.”

“Thank you, Microsoft for the latest updates which totally
wiped all settings from my system on each startup. Everything
reverted to basic settings [and] all my programme information
and settings were also deleted from every programme on my
system. Several apps were deleted completely, keyboard
settings, language screen res everything gone. Updates now
turned off, an angry user wrote.

Windows 10 KB4532693

The recent updates haven’t gone well for a bunch of customers
and Microsoft is being criticized for its poor Windows Update
approach once again.

Microsoft hasn’t commented on problems with deleted and hidden
files when upgrading to Windows 10 Build 18363.657 and
18362.657. The only known issue that Microsoft has documented
on its support document is a bug affecting Windows Server
container images

It’s also worth noting that we don’t know if it’s possible to
restore the data deleted/hidden by the patch. While previous
issues with Windows 10 updates have also been critical, this
particular issue could be more concerning as it puts consumer’s
data at risk.

Disclaimer: The article is completely based on user
reports. Windows Latest makes no claims, guarantees about the
accuracy or completeness in this article or linked pages, and
shall not be held responsible for anything we say in this

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