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Windows 10 1903 update stuck at splash screen – SOLVED

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

I waited several weeks for Microsoft to work out the bugs on their new build of Windows 10, but I still had a problem when I tried to update.

My Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro with the 500 GB SSD drive only had 26 GB free. I figured that would be enough. Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn’t.

I had BitLocker active on my SSD, but I figured that wouldn’t be a problem. Maybe it wasn’t. Maybe it was.

In any case, as the install proceeded, my Lenovo was stuck at the splash screen — the little dots spinning, and then, apparently frozen.

I let it sit for a few hours, then tried to reboot. And it did the same thing — overnight.

The next day, I pressed the tiny button that takes you to the boot menu, and I tried to restore an earlier install only to read that since I had encrypted my drive with BitLocker, I would not be able to restore anything — except the factory settings.

That’s unacceptable.

Getting Back Into Windows

In desperation, I downloaded the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft and booted from the USB drive. There, I was given the option to restore to a previous installation — and it worked.

Windows 10 was up and running again — minus the 1903 upgrade.

But you need that upgrade, right?

So, after getting back into Windows, here are steps I took to install the 1903 update of Windows 10.

  1. Free up lots of space on the HD. (I moved over 200 GB of music and pictures from the encrypted drive.
  2. Turn off BitLocker (this took me several hours).
  1. Create an image of the drive — just in case. (You might use Rescue Free.)
  2. Now, reboot the computer and install the update as you would normally.

This worked for me — but that’s not saying it will for you.

Afterward, I turned on BitLocker. This took just a couple of minutes.

As always, this information it provided “as-is” without warranty, expressed or implied. Any loss you suffer is the fault of the person pressing the keys on your keyboard. 🙂

Force the Facebook App to Use External Browser

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The other day I clicked a link in the Facebook Android App and it took me to Facebook’s internal browser. I feel sure I had changed this to open links in Chrome instead, but it was opening it in the Facebook web browser.

At first I didn’t even notice it. When I did, I thought, it wasn’t a big deal.

But then, one web page it opened wanted me to enter my credentials for that page.


So I searched the web to change it.

How do you get the Facebook App to use Chrome for external links?

Every time I thought I found the solution, it was for an older version of the app. In those older versions, it was a high-menu-level option. In today’s Facebook App, it’s buried clear at the bottom of a settings page under a rather poorly designated heading.

Here’s how to change it:

  1. Open your Facebook App.
  2. Select the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines in the corner).
  3. Scroll down and select Settings & Privacy.
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Scroll down and select Media and Contacts.
  6. Select “Links open externally” setting to On.

And there you have it.

That’s how to make the Facebook App open websites in Chrome instead of their internal browser.

You Probably Haven’t Been Hacked

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Have you received the message on Facebook that says, “I’ve been hacked”? Or “You’ve been hacked! You’d better change your password”? It’s probably not the case.

Here’s what’s probably happening….

A bad actor sets up a Facebook account in Willis’ name and steals Willis’ profile picture.

Then he looks at Willis’ existing friends and makes friend requests of them.

Willis has not been hacked. Willis is being impersonated.

Willis’ friends have hundreds of Facebook friends so they don’t remember whether they are friends with Willis or not, so they accept the request.

Then Fake-Willis sends them a message: “Hey – I am stranded in Costa Rica with no money. Can you wire me some?!”

So Willis probably doesn’t need to change his password.

He (and his Facebook friends) need to report the Fake-Willis account to Facebook.