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Microsoft Investigates for the Lost Windows 10 Certificates

The recent information document of Windows 10 states that some of the certificates related to the system, as well as users, might go missing while users update their systems to a newer version of Windows 10.

The users who used outdated media and sources to update their Windows 10 systems will certainly get affected by this. Undoubtedly, this kind of issue will certainly affect the Windows 10 systems that might have been updated through the media that lack the latest (October 13, 2020, as of now) Cumulative Update or from an outdated installation source.

Even though these media and sources for the installation of Windows 10 do include the latest updates, they are not limited to physical storage units, ISO images, or updated management utilities.

However, the issue didn’t come to notice in the systems that got updated by the Windows Update for Business or simply Windows Update.



Microsoft is currently investigating the user certificates and the Windows 10 system.

Fix Is on Its Way – Microsoft Will Release It Within a Few Weeks

The lost Windows 10 certificates will undoubtedly affect both server and client platform versions of Windows 10. The release information document states that a list of versions that will get affected on the client-side will be:

Windows 10 – version 20H2

Windows 10 – version 2004

Windows 10 – version 1909

Windows 10 – version 1903

However, the affected version on the server-side will be:

Windows Server – version 20H2

Windows Server – version 2004

Windows Server – version 1909

Windows Server – version 1903

Windows 10 Release Information

For a decent amount of time, Microsoft did not disclose anything information regarding the fix. It has now confirmed the fix on which it is working, and the user may very soon receive new and well-improved installation media and updated bundles.

What Is the Solution as of Now?

There’s a workaround that Microsoft has made available for the affected users. If you are among those affected by this issue, don’t worry; you can use built-in recovery features to go back to the previous version of your operating system.

You can follow the below-mentioned steps for the same:

  1. From your PC’s Start Menu, you need to go to the Settings option.
  2. Press the Update & Security option.
  3. Go to the Recovery section.
  4. Further press the “Get Started” option that you will find under “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.”

Please note that, in most cases, to switch back to the previous version, you get only a 10-day timeframe to perform the recovery. You need to be in that particular time frame that was configured previously to let this workaround work for you.

Furthermore, if you have successfully managed to switch back to the unaffected Windows 10 version, you can now go for the latest version of Windows 10 again, but do make sure that this time you download it from the official installation media sources only.


This was all about the issues that the users might face because of the lost Windows 10 certificates. Microsoft is working on it, and very soon, within the upcoming weeks, the issue will get resolved. However, till that time, there was a workaround that the users could follow on their systems. In case you have downloaded the Windows 10 latest updates from the outdated source, make use of the built-in recovery features to switch back to your previous OS version.


Source:-   Microsoft Investigates for the Lost Windows 10 Certificates

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