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Discus and support The error is the following: "C:\Users\%Dell%\Desktop is unavailable. If the location is in... in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; I have tried everything to make my desktop reappear, it's missing in W10. I have executed the scan command, nothing happened. Tried to copy the desktop... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by Mar ....., Jan 25, 2023.

  1. Mar ..... Win User

    The error is the following: "C:\Users\%Dell%\Desktop is unavailable. If the location is in...


    I have tried everything to make my desktop reappear, it's missing in W10. I have executed the scan command, nothing happened. Tried to copy the desktop icon to the C:\windows\system32\config\ systemprofile, restarted the PC, still nothing appeared. Tried to change the location with the regedit command, still no solution. I even attempted to search for a restoration point but realized there were none option not enabled. Can someone help?

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    Mar ....., Jan 25, 2023
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  2. C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop is unavailable error on Windows 10

    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:

    • Open File Explorer and navigate to: C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile and check if it has the
      Desktop folder there.
    • 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:

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

    If you need further assistance, let us know.
     
    Jezhel Uga, Jan 25, 2023
    #2
  3. "Location is unavailable" for C: folder.

    Hi Jeff,

    This error message usually appears when the hard drive files get damaged or corrupted.
    Restoring folder's default location or recovering the data and formatting the disk would help diagnose and address this problem. Make sure to log in as the administrator. Follow the steps below:

    • To restore to default location.
    1. Go to C:\Users.

    2. Open the folder name with your user name.

    3. Right-click on the desktop and select Properties.

    4. Under the Location tab, click the Restore Default button.

    5. Once done, restart your PC.

    • Verify the permissions set on the file.
    1. Open File Explorer.

    2. Right-click the file folder and select Properties.

    3. Go to Security and select Advanced.

    4. Check the box for Replace all child object permission entries with permission entries from this object at bottom.

    5. Click Apply, then OK.

    Once done, try accessing the folder again and let us know how it goes.

    Regards.
     
    Vanessa Yar, Jan 25, 2023
    #3
  4. The error is the following: "C:\Users\%Dell%\Desktop is unavailable. If the location is in...

    "C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community, and we in Community will try to resolve your issue the best way we can.

    To resolve the issue, I would suggest that you refer to the steps provided below and check if the same error occurs.

    Method:

    Step 1: Navigate to "C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile”
    and check if the Desktop folder exist.

    Step 2: In the event that you cannot find the folder, create a folder name it as
    “Desktop” or copy it from “c:/user/default/Desk

    Note: Once you open the User folder the Default folder will be hidden. To unhide click on the “View” tab and check the “Hidden Items” box.


    Also after you have created the folder, it will be required that you give full permission to the folder. Follow the steps below to give permission.

    • Right click on the folder, click on the “Security” tab and then click on the
      “Edit” button.
    • This will navigate you to “Permission for Desktop”.
    • Select “Everyone” and then click on the “Add”
      button.
    • In the “Enter the object name to select” dialog box type
      “Everyone” and click on “Check Names”.
    • Once done click on “OK”

    Hope this information helps. Do revert back to us with the outcome, so that we can assist you further.
     
    Vanessa Sohtun, Jan 25, 2023
    #4
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