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All your files are exactly where you left them

If you have recently updated Windows 10 then after the PC boots up you may have seen a series of untitled message on a blue screen which are as follow:

Hi.
We have updated your PC
All your files are exactly where you left them
We’ve got some new features to get excited about. (Do not turn off your PC)

All your files are exactly where you left them

The problem with these messages are that users don’t know where they came from as these were unannounced and untitled messages. Also, users are reporting that it takes nearly 15-20 minutes on the screen before another message comes up which says “Let’s start” and then Desktop is shown.

Although these messages are not from ransomware or virus as few users were afraid of this possibility, so don’t worry they are officially from Microsoft only. There is nothing to worry about as after few minutes you will get your Desktop and these messages just imply that you have finished installing updates.

In Windows 10 you couldn’t turn off Automatic Updates as you were able to in previous versions of Windows but in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education edition you could easily do this via Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). Windows 10 Home Edition does not have so much privileges and they don’t have Gpedit.msc, in short, you couldn’t turn off Automatic updates. But that doesn’t mean you could stop the optional updates. So let’s see how to stop optional updates in Windows 10.

All your files are exactly where you left them

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Stop Optional Updates in Windows 10 Home Edition

1. Right-click This PC or My Computer and select Properties.

Right-click on This PC or My Computer and select Properties | All your files are exactly where you left them

2. Then click on Advanced system settings from the left-hand side menu.

Click on Advanced system settings from the left-hand side menu

3. Switch to Hardware tab and click Device Installation Settings.

Switch to Hardware tab and click Device Installation Settings | All your files are exactly where you left them

4. Check mark on the No (your device might not work as expected).

Check mark on the No (your device might not work as expected) and click Save Changes

5. Click Save changes and then click OK.

Method 2: Disable Automatic Updates in Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Edition

1. Press Windows Key + R then type “gpedit.msc” and hit Enter.

gpedit.msc in run

2. Navigate to the following path by double clicking on each of them:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

Under Windows Update in gpedit.msc find Configure Automatic Updates

3. Once you’re inside Windows Update, find Configure Automatic Updates in the right window pane.

4. Double-click on it to open its settings and then select Enabled Now.

Configure Automatic Updates | All your files are exactly where you left them

5. Now choose how you want to install your updates in the dropdown below above setting. You can turn OFF Windows update permanently or you could get a notification when an update is available.

6. Save your changes and if in future you want to revert back the changes just go to the Configure Automatic Updates settings in gpedit.msc and select Not Configured.

7. Reboot your PC.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix All your files are exactly where you left them error message but if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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