How to Fix Desktop Is Unavailable After Windows 10 Update?


OS Updates are rolled out to enhance computer capability. But, unfortunately, several Windows 10 users have experienced a terrible situation after updating their Windows 10 system with the latest update version 1803.

Yes! Most of the Windows 10 user installed the Windows 10 update edition 1803 and started facing the error message “C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is unavailable.”

So, in this informative blog, it is explained how to fix the “Desktop is unavailable” error message after updating windows 10 n simple techniques.

6 Easy Ways to Fix Desktop Is Unavailable After Windows 10 Update Issue:

  1. Restart, Run Virus Scan, and Login with Local Admin Account

Rebooting computer solves most of the error messages and issues at the earliest. So, restart your Windows 10 system once to fix the error code “Desktop is unavailable”. Also, log in through the local administrator account, in case you have logged in from Microsoft account.

Later, run a virus scan on the updated Windows 10 PC/laptop using the efficient antivirus software.

  1. Copy Default Desktop Folder

Open the File Explorer and switch to View tab.

Enable Hidden items checkbox.


Go to C drive (system drive) -> Users and Default.

Copy the Desktop folder.

Navigate to C drive (system drive) -> Windows -> System32 -> config -> systemprofile and paste the copied Desktop folder.

Restart the system.

  1. Clean Boot

Together press Windows and R keys.

In the Run window, type msconfig and hit the OK button.

Switch to Services tab and enable Hide all Microsoft services option.


Click the Disable all button, then OK and reboot the computer.

  1. Run SFC

From the Start menu, search Command Prompt.

Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.


Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.


Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth and press Enter.


At last, type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter.


Wait for the completion of the process.

  1. Update Windows Manually

If in case, the automatic Windows 10 update is not completed successfully, problems/errors appeared in mid of the updating process, system encountered a boot loop while updating, or Explorer fails to start then try to update the windows 10 manually.

To do this, you need a bootable USB drive and Media Creation tool.

Caution: Be careful while updating or upgrading Windows using a bootable USB drive. Since several users reported that they have lost data while upgrading to Windows 10 using the USB drive. So, it is recommended to backup your important files before starting the process.

Steps to Manually Update Windows:

  • Download Microsoft’s Media Creation tool for your 34-bit/64-bit Windows from Microsoft’s official site.
  • Run the tool’s exe file and create installation media for another PC
  • Connect your USB drive and select USB flash drive option (not an ISO file)


  • open USB drive and run EXE file
  • Follow the on-screen instructions till you see “Installing Windows 10” message on the screen
  1. Roll Back to Earlier Windows 10

If none of the above methods help you in solving the error Desktop is unavailable after Windows 10 update, then you are left out with last 3 options.

Rollback Windows

  1. Roll back to previous Windows 10 version
  2. Resetting windows (without preserving files)
  3. Reinstalling Windows 10

Resetting Windows without preserving your files and reinstalling Windows 10, cleans out your system. It means you have to the backup entire thing on the Windows 10 system and then reset or reinstall it.

Later you have to configure everything from the scratch. So it is suggested roll back to the previous version first. If that won’t work or your Windows 10 won’t boot after an upgrade, then either reset or reinstall your Windows 10 system.