With a fix for the 'temporary profile' bug still elusive, Win10 1903 and 1909 customers should check Pause Updates

Via now you’ve most certainly heard in regards to the disappearing-profile worm on this month’s Win10 1903 and 1909 cumulative replace. The buggy patch went out on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Experiences began rolling in in a while later on about desktops that have been cleaned, wallpaper changed, even information that disappeared. I wrote about it on Thursday morning:

Many of us are in a tizzy — their desktop icons are long past, they are able to’t log onto their standard Admin account, and their information maximum without a doubt aren’t the place they left them.

Since then we’ve noticed many masses of court cases and dozens of articles in regards to the mayhem. Finally ends up that the hapless sufferers had their Home windows profiles swapped out, changed via a brief profile. The buggy patch moved their cheese and concealed it the place all however essentially the most complicated Home windows boffin would by no means to find it.

Early on, Patch Girl Susan Bradley nailed the reason for the issue:

Lack of profile has traditionally been a race situation between the boot procedure and one thing maintaining information open. I in my opinion have noticed antivirus maximum frequently do that however it might be different such things as antiransomware coverage, staff coverage settings. Microsoft DOES take a look at their patches, they truly do. What they are able to’t do is take a look at for the myriad of unknown ways in which we arrange our computer systems.

(Techy observe: A race situation is a timing factor that arises when two or extra unbiased methods stomp on each and every different. They’re very tricky to diagnose.)

Preliminary reviews pointed the finger at a selected antivirus bundle as being the person who tangled with the KB 4532693 installer, however then we found out that now not all people operating that AV device have been getting bit. Then we had a sequence of news about native accounts (customers who aren’t signed on with a Microsoft Account) getting the particular remedy. Nope, that wasn’t the issue.

Microsoft hasn’t formally said the worm, as very best as I will inform, excluding two posts at the Solutions discussion board. On Feb. 12, Lawrence Abrams at BleepingComputer stated that a Microsoft rep advised him, “We’re conscious about the problem and are investigating the location.” On Feb. 17, virtually every week after the worm first seemed, Mayank Parmar at Home windows Newest stated:

In a dialog with Microsoft’s reinforce group, more than one workers advised us that Microsoft is conscious about the problem and are actively investigating the location. “Microsoft is conscious about this identified factor and our engineers are running diligently to discover a resolution for it,” a personnel said.

There were more than one reviews of customers dropping knowledge as a result of the KB 4532693 patch. I haven’t noticed that occur as but, in my opinion, so stay skeptical. A ways much more likely is that the knowledge were given crammed right into a .BAK or .000 or .zero03 folder within the C:Customers folder — where Home windows sticks profiles. If a Home windows buyer runs a Cleaner program whilst seeking to repair the misplaced profile worm, the backup could be long past.

Maximum distressing: Susan Bradley reviews on a reaction to a Microsoft reinforce case, wherein a Microsoft technician in particular discussed Home windows Defender as a imaginable supply of battle:

I mentioned the case with my tech lead and showed this to be a worm — 25270101 … to find the Home windows Defender Complicated Danger Coverage and Microsoft Defender Antivirus services and products, right-click each and every of them, choose Houses, and alter Startup Kind to Disabled, settling on OK after each and every alternate. Restart your instrument in commonplace mode and try to check in along with your authentic profile.

It isn’t in any respect transparent if Defender could be a part of the two-to-tango race situation. 

And, in fact, neither the Wisdom Base article nor the authentic Home windows Unencumber Standing web page says a phrase. 9 days later and the buggy patch remains to be being shoveled out the Home windows Automated Replace chute.

Now not all is doom and gloom.

For those who’re the usage of Pause Updates in Win10 1903 or 1909 to dam Microsoft’s patches, and your “Resume updates” date is a ways sufficient out — lately or later — you didn’t get both this buggy patch or the monstrous KB 4524244 UEFI “patch,” which was once pulled remaining week. However for those who’re depending on Pause Updates, now could be an excellent time to ensure it’s got down to the tip of the month or later. Heaven handiest is aware of when (if!) Microsoft goes to re-release KB 4532693 and connect the disappearing profile drawback.

For many of you, pausing updates till March nine turns out like an excellent concept. (For those who’re operating SQL Server, despite the fact that, you want to get the February patches put in. Sorry.)

To regulate your Pause Updates surroundings, first make sure to’re operating both Win10 model 1903 or 1909 (sort winver down within the Seek field and press Input). In case you are, click on Get started > Settings > Replace & Safety. You must see one thing just like the screenshot.

- With a fix for the 'temporary profile' bug still elusive, Win10 1903 and 1909 customers should check Pause UpdatesWoody Leonhard/IDG

In case your “Updates will resume on” date is prior to March nine, click on the “Pause updates for 7 extra days” hyperlink. (March nine is a fortunate quantity for the reason that subsequent Patch Tuesday is on March 10. Possibly Microsoft will repair this mess previous to that date. Possibly.)

Up to now, I haven’t advisable that you just prolong the “Resume updates” date via urgent the “Pause updates for 7 extra days” hyperlink as a result of Microsoft has lengthy warned that you’ll be able to handiest prolong updates after you’ve put in the these days to be had updates: 

After the pause prohibit is reached, you can want to set up the newest updates prior to you’ll be able to pause updates once more.

I’m extremely joyful — and stunned — to let you know that, no less than in my exams, that limitation not applies. It seems that to me as though you’ll be able to return in and pause updates for seven extra days at a clip, despite the fact that you have already got Pause updates set.

That’s remarkably just right information.

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