FIX: Store Apps or Files Missing after Windows 10 Update 1709 (Solved)

The following issue is occurred on a customer's computer, after installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (v1709): Windows displays the error "We can't sign into your account" after sign-in and all the user's  personal files and the installed Store Apps are missing. After investigating the problem, I discovered that Windows 10, during the update, has created – for unknown reasons – a new temporary profile and then loads this profile as the default profile for the user. Yes, it is another Windows 10 bug and the update should be renamed to "FAIL Creators Update" Smile

Store Apps or Files Missing after Windows 10 Update 1709

 

This tutorial contains instructions to resolve the" We can't sign into your account" and "Files or Apps Missing" problems after updating your PC to the latest version of Windows 10 1709 – Fall Creators Update.

How to fix: Store Apps or Files Missing – Cannot Sign in to account (Windows 10).

Note: Before you continue to the instructions below, sign-out and sign-in to your account again. Microsoft says that this action may fix the problem. To sign-out from your account, right click at the Windows flag and go to Shut down or sign out > Sign Out. Then Sign-In again. If the problem persist, continue reading.

Part 1. How to Restore Missing Files Apps After Windows 10 Update.
Part 2. How to Restore Missing Store Apps After Windows 10 Update.

 

Part 1. How to Fix Corrupted Profile in Windows 10.

First of all check if your missing personal files are located on another location on the drive "C:". To do that:

1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to "C:\Users\" folder and see if your personal files exists there.  Inside the "C:\Users" folder, explore one by one all the listed folders (except the "Public" folder) and their subfolders, until you find out which one contains your personal files. (Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc.). *

Note:  Commonly the personal files, for each user account can be found under the "C:\Users\%AccountName%" directory. (e.g. If your account name is "Admin" then look inside the "C:\Users\Admin" folder to find your files).

2.  If you can see your  personal files at the "C:\Users\%AccountName%" folder, then continue to the steps below to restore your personal files and settings back.

3. If you cannot find your files at the "C:\Users\%AccountName%" folder, then explore the contents of  "C:\Windows.old\Users\%AccountName%" directory. If you can find your files there, then the only ways to restore your apps and files, is to restore Windows 10 to the previous version or to transfer your personal files from the "C:\Windows.old\Users\%YourAccountName%" folder to you current profile folder "C:\Users\%YourAccountName%" and then to reinstall all the programs and apps from the begging.

Step 1. Enable the Hidden Administrator Account

1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator. To do that:

a. In the Search box type: cmd (or command prompt).
b. Right click on the command prompt (result) and select Run as Administrator.

run command prompt as administrator

 

2. Inside the command prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:

  • net user administrator /active:yes

Enable Administrator account

 

3. After that you should view a message that says that your command was completed successfully.
4. Close Command prompt.

 

Step 2. Modify User Profile Settings in Registry.

1. Sign Out from the current account and Sign-In as Administrator.
2. Open
Registry Editor. To do that:

1. Simultaneously press the Win image + R keys to open the run command box.
2. Type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

 

regedit

 

3. Inside Windows Registry, navigate (from the left pane) to this key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

4. Right click at the "ProfileList" key and select Export.

registry export backup

 

5. Type a name for the exported registry key (e.g. "ProfileList") and save the file to your desktop. *

* Note: If something goes wrong at the end of the process, just click at the exported registry file to restore the registry settings back.

backup registry

 

6. In registry editor, double click at "ProfileList" key to expand its contents.

7. Now, under the ‘ProfileList’ registry key you should see two (or more) subkeys named "S-1-5-21" followed by a long number (e.g. ‘S-1-5-21-1001432958-3492499226-3494023764-1001).

8a. Click each "S-1-5-21-xxxxxxx" subkey and look at the right pane, at "ProfileImagePath" value to find out which "S-1-5-21-xxxxxxx" subkey shows the path for your old profile, which contains your personal files and folders.

8b. Once you find which "S-1-5-21-xxxxxxx" subkey, contains the path (location) for your files, select it on the left pane and Delete it. *

* For example, lets suppose that your account name is "Admin" and your personal data are located at the "C:\Users\Admin" folder.

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9a. Now find which "S-1-5-21-xxxxxxx" subkey, has the value "YourAccountName.YourComputerName" * on the ProfileImagePath.

* e.g. At this example the account name is "Admin" and the computer name is "DESKTOP-I238D3P", so the value data on the ProfileImagePath key is "C:\Users\Admin.DESKTOP-I238D3P".

fix corrupted profile windows 10

 

9b. Double-click at ProfileImagePath on that "S-1-5-21-xxxxxxx" sukey, and remove the ".ComputerName" entry from the data value. *

* e.g. Rename the value "C:\Users\Admin.DESKTOP-I238D3P" to "C:\Users\Admin"

fix corrupted profile registry windows 10

 

10. Click OK and then close Registry Editor.

 

Step 3. Replace NTUSER.DAT, NTUSER.INI & NTUSER.DAT.LOG files.

1. Open Windows explorer.
2. Click the View tab and go to Options > Change folder and search options.

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3. At "Folder Options" select the View tab:

a. Check the Show hidden files, folders, and drives checkbox.
b. Clear the Hide protected operating system files check box. (Click Yes to confirm)
c.
Click Apply to folders and then click OK.

show hidden system protected files Windows 10

 

4. Navigate and to "C:\Users" folder.
5. Open the folder that has a name similar to "YourAccountName.YourComputerName" *

* e.g. The "C:\Users\Admin.DESKTOP-I238D3P" in this example.

 

restore missing files after windows 10 update

 

6. Select and copy the following files:

    1. NTUSER.DAT
    2. Ntuser.dat.log1
    3. Ntuser.dat.log2
    4. Ntuser.ini

 

fix missing files after windows 10 update 1709

 

7. Paste the copied files at the folder "C:\Users\YourAccountName\" * (replace the files in the destination).

* e.g. The "C:\Users\Admin" folder in this example.

restore files after windows 10 update 1709

 

8. Restart your computer.
9.  Sign Out from the Administrator account and Sign In to your account. (e.g. the "Admin" in this example). You should now login to your account without any problems and with all your personal files and the Store Apps back! *

* Notes:
1. If both your personal files and the Store Apps are still missing, then restore Windows 10 to the previous build or – better – backup your files to an external storage device and then perform a clean Windows 10 installation.
2. If only the Store Apps are missing, then read the instructions at Part-2 below to re-register the Store Apps.

 

Part 2. How to Restore missing Apps after Windows 10 Update.

1. Right click at the Windows flag image and select Windows PowerShell (Admin)

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2. In Power Shell type (copy/paste) the following command and press Enter.

  • Get-AppxPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register "$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode}

install default built in apps

3. Close PowerShell and see if your Apps are restored and working. If the problem persists, then restore Windows 10 to the previous build or – better – backup your files to an external storage device and then perform a clean Windows 10 installation.

That's it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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