I want my desktop back

URGENT
Smoke coming out of my ears. I am furious!
Microsoft has done it again: taken over my computer so that I can't work or anything else.
After the latest update my desktop with all my work, my links, my important docs, the center of my work organization - is all gone and I can't get i back.
Instead there is that stupid building blocks system offering me to play games and other useless things. All my apps links at the bottom line are gone too.
I can't get out from this stupid playgroundPlease tell me how to get my desktop back. And keep it.
Knud FjeldstedManagerAsked:
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Omar SoudaniSenior System EngineerCommented:
What do you mean gone. You have a blank desktop now? Can you go to C: drive then click on users, double click on your username and check desktop can you find your files there?
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
above reply work (c:\users\oldusername), but do you get a message that this is temporary profile or your profile got corrupted?
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Knud FjeldstedManagerAuthor Commented:
Sorry for being unclear. It'a all there on the hard disk. But my screen is locked to that stupid modern windows interface. I want my desktop folder as my desktop. With all the icons I have arranged for efficient work. And all the links on the bottom line for my apps.
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
ok, follow me:
  • click start and type regedit (this will open the registry editor)
  • either press F3 and search forprofilelist or go to hkey_local_machine - software - microsoft - windows nt - current version
  • expand profile list folder
  • look for the long items (S-1-5-21-xxxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxx), IF YOU SEE 2 with the same name BUT one without extension and one with extension (.tmp or .bak), put .ext to the one without extension and remove the .tmp or .bak from the other one.
  • restart, you issue should be fixed.

if you DO NOT FIND same items, then please post an image for the folders inside you USERS folder.
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Knud FjeldstedManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanx for helping me. It was not exactly as described, so here is some more.
My regular user name is knud
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
ok, then the profile is not corrupted.
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Knud FjeldstedManagerAuthor Commented:
I want to tell Windows to let me have my regular, old-fashioned desktop when Windows starts. I am sure there is a way, and I'm sure there is a way to break out from the modern interface. I just can't figure out how.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Make sure, in Settings, Tablet Mode, that Tablet Mode has not been enabled. Make sure the top setting is "Use Appropriate" or "Use Desktop"

If you think something went wrong:

1. Run DISM.  Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and restart.

2. Consider rolling back the update.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Were you already running Windows 10?  Updates do not change your desktop (not for me).

Were you upgrading from a different operating system.
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Knud FjeldstedManagerAuthor Commented:
That is the strange thing: it was a small update which should not affect any settings in my Windows 10.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Perhaps just set up your desktop again.

Also remember that in 2018 (Meltdown and Spectre Threats), you need to update BIOS and Chipset (and also Video drivers).
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Knud FjeldstedManagerAuthor Commented:
Good points, John.  I'll take care of the updates.
Running DISM right now. (...) DISM reported nothing wrong.
I think that Windows (again again) may have misinterpreted my Wacom Pen as a touch screen and acted upon that.
BTW: I never roled-back an update before. How exactly do I initiate that?
Knud
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You said it was a small update, so rollback may need be needed.

Start, Settings, Updates, View Update History and uninstall the recent update.


Also, Right Click on My Computer, Properities, System Protection and System Restore:  Restore to a prior point.
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Knud FjeldstedManagerAuthor Commented:
"Make sure, in Settings, Tablet Mode, that Tablet Mode has not been enabled. Make sure the top setting is Use Appropriate or Use Desktop"

I knew it was a small adjustment I needed to do - I just couldn't find it.
Now everything is OK.
Thanxalot to all!

Knud
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Good that you were able to fix the issue.
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Knud FjeldstedManagerAuthor Commented:
One frustrating thing in this field is that most solutions are:
very simple - when you know how-to, but
almost impossible - when you don't.

Thanx to all - including Sam who was ready to fight a bigger monster than the one at loose here. I'll keep your test for a damaged profile in the back of my head.

Knud
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