C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop is unavailable error on Windows 10

This morning when i opened my lappy, it started like the first time i am using (windows 10). Desktop blank, invisibleicons except recycle bin., Task view icon on the task bar. If i press anything like the wondows button or if i press cortana it never pops up. Help me please

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Hello Vik,

This C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop is unavailable error may occur due to corrupt or missing Windows files.

To troubleshoot the issue, you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to: C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile and check if it has the Desktop folder there.
  2. If the Desktop folder does not exist, then create a new folder and rename it as Desktop or copy it from C:\users\Default\Desktop.

Note: By default, C:\Users\Default is hidden. To unhide click on the View tab and check the Hidden Items box.

After you have created the folder, it is required that you give full permission to the folder. You can follow these steps to give full permission:

  1. Right click on the folder, select Properties then click on the Security tab.
  2. Click on Edit.
  3. On the Permissions for Desktop window, select Everyone and then click on Add.
  4. In the Enter the object names to select dialog box, type Everyone and click on Check Names.
  5. Click OK.

If you need further assistance, let us know.

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Last updated October 4, 2020 Views 67,723 Applies to: