Failed Windows Update resulted in Windows backup commandeering my backup external drive folder


JM_Win11

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Windows 11 Version 22H2 (OS Build 2261.3447) x.64

On April10th, I OK'ed a windows update. It rebooted OK. I backup my files myself on a few external drives. Coincidently, I had need to restore an old file. So I mounted my external Drive (K:). When I clicked on my backup folder, Windows backup came up and asked me to backup or restore. I have never used this nor do I use OneDrive. I could find no way to access my folder. I panicked. I thought I had lost all my backups. I turned off all the Windows Backup features I could find. Still no luck. I rebooted, same problem.

Then I noticed that a Windows Update had failed to install. So I retried the install. When complete, the failed install was gone, disappeared. The last update on History was April 9 (the day before), but thankfully I now had access to my folder. The only remnant of this install I could find was the icon on my backup folder had changed. In my case, my backup folder name is the same as the Win11 "Device Name" XPS9520, which may be a contributing factor?
I have attached a screen shot of the external drive with the changed icon. And I can't seem to change it back to a regular folder icon.

Any ideas.

I am losing my faith in Windows Update.

Win11 Issue.jpg
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 Version 22H2 (OS Build 2261.3447) x.64

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS15 9520
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-12700H 2.30 GHz
    Memory
    16.0 GB (15.7 GB usable)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel IRIS Xe Graphics; NVIDIA GeForce RTX Ti
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell XPS 15 SHP1515 Display; Dell G2722HS (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (recommended)
    Hard Drives
    PC801 NVMe SK hynix 1TB, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    McAfee
Many of us lost faith in the Windows Update many, many moons ago...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10, Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Z2 G5 Workstation
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700
    Motherboard
    HP Model# 8751
    Memory
    32gB (DDR4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek basic audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD (Viewsonic)
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    (3) NvME SSD, (1) SATA3 SSD
And I've not had serious problems that required reset nor reinstall.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
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