Fall Creators Update deleted my pics/docs! (not really)

onedrivepictures folder in my pcAfter receiving the fall creators update of windows 10, I noticed that the pictures and documents folders in MyPC had become copies of the ones in the onedrive folder.

And the contents of the folders had 2017-10-21 users folder documents and picturesdisappeared. Not an ideal result.

But I found them.

Local Disk (C:) > Users > UserAccountName

The folders had exactly the same name as before, which made it extra confusing. But the contents were the same as before the update, not the same as the OneDrive version.

UPDATE: This is an error that has happened to some people that received the Fall Creators Update. Its not supposed to be this way.

The correct fix for this problem is to delete and recreate the accounts you want to repair.

Its a bit of a hassle, but it will fix the error, and probably clean up a bit of account mess in the background:

  1. Back up the files in the account you want to fix. Make sure you back up all the folders and files in MyPC that will be permanently deleted. Also back up all the files in OneDrive if you want to copy them back and avoid syncing all that data. And do that anyway just to be safe.
  2. delete the account you want to fix.
  3. restart the computer. Should not be necessary, but a restart here will just be that extra bit of cleaning up before making the new account. Its just good practice in these very early clunky days of human computing.
  4. recreate the account. copy your files back into their desired locations.

 

If you don’t want to delete and recreate each affected account ….

What can be done? Here is one solution, but it is NOT IDEAL … its a clunky workaround that will probably be a continuing source of problems.

I right clicked on those 2 folders and added them to the library of the corresponding name. Then in file explorer I right clicked in the left pane and selected “show libraries”.

Then in libraries I could see both folders are there with identical names, but different content. This is not the most ideal situation.

I renamed the folders in “Users”, to LocalPictures and LocalDocuments.

2017-10-21 library documents and pictures

This made the library show these names and its easier for me to see which folder is which.

Im not sure if this is happening to everyone that upgrades, but I sure wish to have a location only for local pictures and local documents, that are not synced to OneDrive.

I would prefer that the folders in MyPC were always local only, and separate from any OneDrive folders.

The default Documents folder, for apps that create folders and save files, is now the OneDrive folder – which is synced. Before the update, apps created folders in the local one by default. You may want to change this location in the app settings, if possible.

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Fall Creators Update deleted my pics/docs! (not really)

Windows OS: stuck cursor location

I had a cursor experience that I name “anarchic cursor”.

My cursor got stuck in the top left corner and using wither my mouse or touchpad couldn’t get the cursor to move far away from that, for long. the cursor would just snap back to the corner. There was also visual feedback in the top corner, of clicks and taps at the location it was stuck in. Later on the visual feedback also showed clicks down the left side of the screen, directly below the location of the original top left point.

Clearly, this was an issue of false clicks, generated either by hardware or software.

  • I tried using only the mouse, and only the touchpad. no change.
  • I noticed that the frequency of the error changed over time, and the location spread down the left side. This was not a consistent error. This suggests a hardware cause, rather than software.
  • I searched online on another device for clues. Some solutions were software based, some were hardware. but it seemed to have a variety of causes.

Eventually, there was a period that the error was so bad that I couldn’t even sign in to an account, and I couldn’t do anything. I shut my laptop in frustration. When I opened it moments later, and pressed the button to wake it, the problem was gone.

For my device, the issue was caused by hardware. It is likely the laptop touchscreen digitizer electronics were generating false clicks. The shock of a firm lid closing seemed to stop the false clicks. But this may also be an indication of the age of my laptop, and the flex cable that connects the screen and digitizer to the laptop board. If I get this issue again and it is more persistent, I will try cleaning the connections. If that doesn’t change the error behavior at all, I will investigate further.

Of all the different things I have read, it seemed there were these causes:

  • certain OEM software placed on the computer by the manufacturer, interfered with the cursor displaying properly.
  • generic mouse/touchpad/digitizer drivers from windows clashed somehow with certain brands, and was fixed by installing drivers downloaded from the OEM website. Later versions of Windows 10 are good at installing the correct drivers for the brand and model. It is likely that downloading drivers from OEM websites is a thing of the past for most people.
  • hardware issues causing false clicks, generated by the laptop electronics for the touchscreen digitizer, touchpad digitizer or mouse.
Windows OS: stuck cursor location

Why I got a Windows 10 phone in late 2017

I just got a Windows 10 phone and I’m very happy with my decision.

You may think it’s crazy to get a Windows 10 phone these days.

Because it surely seems that Microsoft has abandoned windows phones completely:

  • W10M has been put on a separate development branch and many are calling this being ‘put out to pasture’.
  • Microsoft says it will support W10M until the end of 2018, putting a time limit on it, in its current form.
  • Only one new W10M device has been released recently.
  • Tech media keeps talking about W10M being dead.

Knowing all this, why would I get a W10M phone at this time?

Because it’s the least bad option!

  • After a few months using android as my daily driver, I just can’t bear it anymore.
  • I was still using my old W8.1 Phone for most text heavy things, because android was almost unusable for this.
  • My W10M phone will get OS and security updates for more than 1 year. HTC will NEVER update my android phone and NEVER patch any of the many known security vulnerabilities.
  • W10M is just so nice to use, so intuitive. I can type so much faster than I would ever be able to on my android. Cursor control is easy and intuitive – on android it’s a fight.
  • I will never grow to hate my W10M and I won’t feel like I struggle with it when I use it – unlike my android phones which annoyed me so much.
  • My W10M phone was cheaper than my budget android. I chose a 650 because it has a good reputation, unlike the 950. It’s no beast, but it does what I need and the screen is amoled.
  • It’s just the many little things that make W10M so much nicer to use than android. Many little helpful things, such as cursor control, text entry experience, smooth operation, it usually works as it should and is expected to, its really stable, etc.
  • Sure windows has nice looking live tiles and all that. Totally unimportant to me – UX is where its at.

Sure, we all know android has more features and important apps. I can use my android for those few apps. There’s about 5 of them.

It’s pretty important to add, that before I first used windows phones, I thought android was ok. It was annoying, but I had no comparison. Then, a few days after getting my Windows phone, I was shocked at how much better the user experience is. I can never go back from that. And I have never wanted to.

When the end of 2018 comes around, and if I still have my W10M phone (fingers crossed!), then I can decide what to do. But I hope that I don’t have to choose from only 2 platforms – iOS and android. That would really be a tragedy.

I want W10M to continue, because I don’t hate it.

Why I got a Windows 10 phone in late 2017