How to Solve “Location Is Not Available” Error in Windows 10

The “Location Is Not Available” error occurs in Windows 10/11 when Windows is experiencing problems with your hard drive, and can be caused by many factors. For example, if you’ve saved multiple RAW image files to your hard drive, Windows could be causing the problem.

It could also be because your hard drive is encrypted in such a way that Windows does not recognize it. This is a common problem that many users face, and this guide will show you how to solve this error.

What causes the “Location not available” error message in Windows 10?

  • Faulty file system.
  • Faulty sectors on the hard drive.
  • A problem with the USB connection.
  • Disconnect the removable drive directly.

How do I resolve the “Location Unavailable” error in Windows 10?

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Using System Restore

  1. First, you need to create a restore point.
  2. Find “Create Restore Point” in the Windows search bar and press “Enter”.
  3. Click on the “System Protection” tab.
  4. Click the System Restore button in the System Restore section.
  5. In the System Restore dialog box, click Next.
  6. Select the Show other restore points check box.
  7. Select a restore point and click Next.

Give the user full control over the file or folder

  1. Find the file or folder. Right-click on it. Then select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Security tab and click on the User icon.
  3. Click “Change” to change the permissions.
  4. Under “Permissions”. Make sure that “Full Control” is allowed.

Take ownership of the file or folder

  1. Right-click on an accessible/inaccessible folder or drive and select “Properties.
  2. In the “Properties” window, select the “Security” tab. Click on the “Advanced” button.
  3. Click “Edit” and select a user name. Then click “OK” to save your settings.

Accessing safe mode when working over the network

  1. Go to the login screen.
  2. Press the Power button while holding down the Shift key.
  3. Hold down the Shift key and select Reboot in the power options.
  4. If your computer reboots, go to Advanced Options > Boot Options and select Reboot.
  5. Press F5 to enter Safe Mode with networks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Restore the default desktop settings.
  • Manually copy the desktop folder to the system profile.
  • Add the desktop location to the registry.
  • Use the command line to reset user rights.

  • Restore corrupted system files to your hard drive.
  • Reset the desktop location.
  • Move the contents of the profile to its location.
  • Create a new user profile.

  • Faulty file system.
  • Faulty sectors on the hard drive.
  • Disconnect the removable drive directly.