Windows 10 Creators Upset

Yes, I titled that correctly. Upset.

So, my Lenovo all-in-one desktop is okay, so far, with the Creators Update. Haven’t broken out the Paint 3D yet to try it, but it’s there.

My Lenovo Yoga 2 in 1 tablet, on the other hand, will not rotate the screen any more. It’s landscape, in one direction, only. Since I primarily use this for documents, especially ebooks, this is not acceptable.

So, I went hunting for solutions. Turns out, Windows 10 has caused rotation problems from the beginning. The Creators Update just hit it for my 2 in 1.

I found https://www.tecklyfe.com/fix-rotation-lock-grayed-windows-10/ 

This had a list of 9 things to try. That’s right: NINE. Doesn’t sound simple, does it? Here goes:

Option #1 – Rotate to Landscape (Flipped)

The fix for me was to put my 2-in-1 laptop into tent mode, which kept the device in landscape view except flipped. Once I did this, I was able to click on the Action Center and the Rotation Lock button was clickable. Once I selected Rotation Lock, it was locked in the flipped landscape mode even after I put the laptop back into laptop mode. To fix this, I right-clicked on the desktop and went to Display Settings. Under Orientation, I changed Landscape (Flipped) to regular Landscape.

If your device doesn’t auto-rotate into Landscape Flipped mode, you can try right-clicking on the desktop and went to Display Settings. Under Orientation, and change Landscape to Landscape (Flipped), then check your Rotation Lock button.

Nope. Can flip but it won’t rotate back when the rotation lock button is set to Off. Tried several things but still not cooperating.

Option #2 – Rotate to Portrait

Using the same steps as above, try using Portrait Mode instead of Landscape (Flipped) mode.

Nope. Portrait mode stays in that mode, even with the Rotation Lock off. Leaving it in this mode is a poor alternative; sometimes I need landscape mode.

Option #3 – Reset Your Device

Users have reported that Rotation Lock function isn’t even showing in the notification area on their Microsoft Surface. You can try to reset your device. To do that, follow these steps:

  • Turn off your device.
  • When device turns off, hold Volume Up and Power button.
  • Choose reset and save option and exit.

After you’ve done that, Rotation Lock should now appear in Notification area, and it should work properly.

Not my problem; mine is not a Surface and I can get the Rotation Lock to show, just not affect anything much. Tried it anyway, but no use.

Option #4 – Disconnect Your Keyboard

If Rotation Lock is grayed out on your Surface Pro 3 or Dell XPS 2-in-1 device (or similar device), you can try disconnecting your keyboard. Users have reported that after the keyboard is disconnected that the Rotation Lock button starts working normally.

Not my problem. Disconnecting the separate ergonomic keyboard by pulling the USB link plug didn’t affect the rotation.

Option #5 – Switch To Tablet Mode

Some users claim that problems with grayed out or missing Rotation Lock button can be fixed simply by switching to Tablet Mode. If your device doesn’t switch automatically to Tablet Mode, you can do the following to access Tablet Mode manually:

  • Click the Action Center button in the Taskbar.
  • When Action Center opens, click the Tablet Mode.

-or-

  • Open Settings > System > Tablet Mode.
  • Make sure that Make Windows more touch-friendly when using your device as a tablet is turned On.

No, I have access to the Rotation Lock. It doesn’t matter, but it changes settings. I’ve tried the on-screen lock and the button on the side of the laptop; neither unlocks the rotation.

Option #6 – Change LastOrientation Registry Value

  • Press Windows Key + R and type regedit. Press Enter or click OK.
  • When Registry Editor opens, you need to navigate to the following key in the left pane:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation
  • In the right pane, find LastOrientation and double click it.
  • In Value data box enter and click OK to save changes.
  • If you see SensorPresent DWORD available, double click it and make sure that it’s value is set to 1.

Already set this way. Changed and changed back. No effect.

Option #7 – Check Sensor Monitoring Service

Problems with Rotation Lock and rotation can be caused by certain services, so let’s check if those services are working properly. To do that, do the following:

  • Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
  • When Services window opens, locate Sensor Monitoring Service and double click it.
  • Change the Startup type to Automatic and click Start to start the service.
  • Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

Tried. No effect.

Option #8 – Disable YMC service

If you own Lenovo Yoga device and you have problems with rotation and Rotation Lock button, you can fix these problems by disabling the YMC service. To do that, you need to follow these steps:

  • Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
  • Locate YMC service.
  • Double click the service to open its properties and set Startup type to Disabled.
  • Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

Tried. No effect.

Option #9 – Remove Intel Virtual Buttons Driver

It has been reported that Intel Virtual Buttons driver causes problems with rotation and it also makes the Rotation Lock button grayed out. So far, only solution is to uninstall the driver and to do that you need to follow these steps:

  • Open Device Manager. You can open Device Manager by pressing Windows Key + X and choosing Device Manager from the list.
  • Once Device Manager opens, locate Intel Virtual Buttons driver.
  • Right click it and choose Uninstall.

Apparently I don’t have this driver, period. Not anywhere in the list.

Okay, try elsewhere. Lenovo has something for somebody’s later model laptop:

Re: Lenovo Yoga 3 pro 1370 screen won’t auto rotate

‎03-22-2017 04:36 AM

You have to go to registry under:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation

and change LastOrientation to 0. You have to also remove SlateEnable key.

Interesting – the LastOrientation has reset to 1. I change back to 0. Shutdown and reboot. Nope, still not rotating. Okay, try again and remove the SlateEnable this time around. Shutdown after that – whoops, wants to do an update. No idea if that will help or hinder. Nope – didn’t matter at all.

So, I am stuck with no rotation unless I do it manually any time I need to:

  1. Right-click on display
  2. Go to Display Settings
  3. Under Orientation lock the setting so the choices are available
  4. Change to Portrait
  5. Unlock the setting

Fortunately, I get by with Portrait most of the time on this laptop, but it’s a nuisance. All settings say the rotation is unlocked, but it just won’t work.

Given that I’m not going to use Paint 3D on this laptop, I certainly hope the security updates are worth it. Microsoft has a long-standing challenge of getting one operating system to run on a variety of machines (I see updates are no longer available for some of the Atom processors at this time). Lenovo ought to be popular enough to get a solution at some point, but given that we’re all trying pretty much the same list of things, it might be a long while, if ever, before I see it. It’s not crippling, just a nuisance, but it serves as a reminder that our high-tech variations can work against us.

The odd part is, it initially loads in landscape (the Lenovo logo, etc.) and then switches to portrait. It did that before this update, but it still does that. It just won’t acknowledge the position of the laptop automatically.

Ah, well.  I watched the movie Passengers this weekend. The computers on the spaceship needed human manual intervention as well, so I guess I’m glad over 5,000 people aren’t going to die if I fail to manually rotate my screen.

 

 

 

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Windows Updates gripe

Rant mode = ON.

So ZDNet has a post saying we should not disable automatic updates.

At least they admit that vendors make it problematic.

Here’s what I’m talking about: last week I had to write a check to a plumber and print it on my computer, since that is how I handle that.

What would I have done, if at that moment, Windows 10 had decided it needed a half hour or so to do updates, like it or not? It wouldn’t be the first time that I booted up and found the system was going to stall me while it did something like that. Just a few days later, it did exactly that – fortunately, I wasn’t in a rush then. But still…

The post says “Ideally – and I know I’m asking a lot here – patches shouldn’t require a reboot, or reboots should only be done when absolutely necessary. And ideally, if a reboot is required the operating system should return to the state it was prior to the reboot, complete with whatever apps and documents that were open.” That’s far too weak a requirement!

THAT’S what bugs me right now — I have no control over this when it requires a reboot. That’s obstructive as well as irritating.

Now, I am pretty good about getting updates. And the ones which don’t require a reboot install themselves. But this business of forcing a delay while working up to it is a pain in the fundament!

Until Microsoft and other vendors can find a way to avoid that, they are going to have people looking for ways to disable updates in order to avoid the interruption.

Mind you, I am okay with shutting down and THEN having the computer delay while it works on updating; I can walk away and let it do that and then shut down.

But this tactic of forcing you to wait during bootup is not just a pain, it can actually delay critical work. What if I’m trying to write a check for a service person standing there? (“Just wait a fifteen minutes for the update to complete, and I can charge you another $89 labor on top of the existing bill.”) What if I’m trying to lock the library doors with an app since it’s a snow day, or some other emergency, and the doors will pop open before the update is finished tying up my computer? Come up with your own rush matters, and it’s easy to see how this system is not functional.

Updates will be more popular when they become less obstructive.

Rant mode = OFF.

One Windows 10 to bind them all, Part 2

First, a little rant.

AUTOMATIC UPDATES ARE NOT MY FAVORITE THING, SPECIFICALLY THE RESTARTS but also the added load at the wrong times.

I try to do something, and find it is interrupted by something automatically updating, and then demanding a reboot… who needs this?

Granted, a lot of people don’t do updates at all, so Microsoft and others prefer to force it on us for our own good (supposedly). It doesn’t help that some updates have side effects that discourage people from doing them at all, so whose fault is that?

I prefer to set mine so I can control when they are done, but even then, I have anti-virus updating interfere (from what I can tell) with something else I’m trying to do. It also doesn’t help to have programs do a delayed reaction — let you get started on something else and oh yeah by the way this is also running on its own whether you want it now or not.

All right, on to the show.

Still have a (newer) laptop to upgrade. This started with Windows 8.1.

I’m going to skip getting a dedicated backup program this time. So, Windows key + Q gets me the search box, enter File history, and check the resulting left column down at the bottom for System Image Backup. Backup to my external hard drive. Instructions are here although I skipped the DISM step. Also, if you’re backing up anything else to the external drive, uncheck the box for using the existing file.

Browser, enter “get windows 10” and look for the Microsoft.com entry. Collect from the link that has a number 9194 after it. Agree to the legal thing, compatibility check okay, and away we go at 1:12 p.m.

2:11 p.m and I’m at “Getting your upgrade ready”, downloading, 10%. This isn’t going to be fast, obviously. Of course, the laptop is a slower processor and less RAM than the desktop.

2:33 and the installation is starting.

2:43 and it’s “Checking your PC” in a blue popup box.

2:51 and checking for updates. Since I went to some effort to do all that just before the upgrade begin, it shouldn’t find any required.

At 2:59 it wants to uninstall the Cisco AnyConnect Network Access Manager. Since that isn’t functioning to allow me to connect to my computer at work anyway, I agree. Of course, this also means a restart. Well, that kills the install for the moment. Might as well go in after the computer comes up again and remove all the Cisco stuff before restarting. Need to find an alternative for remote connecting which doesn’t cost (much, anyway).

And at 3:27 we start all over again, using the desktop icon for Windows 10 installation this time, from the beginning. I am still compatible, and the downloading begins anew. <sigh!>

Restarting at 4:18 as directed.

And now the black screen with the circle and copying files. I’m going to walk away, slowly, quietly.

Came back later and it’s ready to continue the process – no more problems. I’ve found that once you finally get back to the desktop and all, it’s still a good idea to let Windows 10 keep working a bit, updating stuff, removing stuff. Don’t start anything right away. Some of the manufacturer’s apps were removed (Windows notified me that it was done) and I had to update my widgets app.

Next day I did a few settings adjustments:

Windows 10 has some optional features, some of which may be turned on. I turned off the suggested apps. I customized some of the settings, including the feedback that got a lot of people upset.

I turned on Cortana to try it out.  Since my desktop is used for music processing, the mic settings conflict somewhat with Cortana, but the laptop seems to be working with it. I’ll see how I like that. I might turn off the recommendations and just settle for voice commands. Wish I could set voices and accents without having to change my location, though.

There are some changes for annoyances. Setting the default browser to something other than Edge worked with the method here, when the “official” method in Settings just ignored my efforts. Edge is generally reported as not-ready-for-prime-time, and I prefer to have my extensions working. Also, I want to be notified to restart after updates, not have it forced on me in the middle of something else, if the system is updating automatically anyway.

Haven’t used Win10 much here yet, but again, functions much like Windows 7 and desktop-mode 8.1. I tried setting the Personalization for tablet, but that just switches from the left slide-out menu to the 8.1 style tiles screen, which I never much liked, so turned that off again.

So I am up to date, as far as I can tell. Yay.

The one thing I’ve noted is that using the same logon (outlook.com) that Windows wants, for both my larger 22″ screen as well as my 11″ laptop, is that the Taskbar is forced to the same place on both, and putting it on the left side on a big screen works much better than on a laptop. Might be an incentive to make the Taskbar invisible when not required, but that would take some getting used to, for me. I understand that the idea was to have everything in the same place on all your PCs, but screen size is a factor that doesn’t necessarily optimize for this.

 

One Windows 10 to bind them all

The Kübler-Ross model postulates a series of emotions experienced by survivors of an intimate’s death, wherein the five stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Gee, kind of how many people approach a Windows upgrade…

Microsoft got a lot of backs up by pushing the upgrade so relentlessly. I tend to wonder if the idea was to be able to talk about how many people upgraded to Windows 10, in order to encourage others to change, especially after the poor reception of Windows 8 not pushing a lot of people off XP and 7. The “spying” thing didn’t help, especially since Microsoft didn’t hurry to assure everyone that it was just intended for quality and interaction — given the amount of info collected these days, it’s hard for anyone to simply accept good intentions as sufficient.

ComputerWorld had a post which didn’t seem very happy with Windows 10. It summed up a number of opinions, including some expert ones.

I tried the upgrade with my old Gateway laptop, and it was a struggle.  But, it finally succeeded.

I had to get a Windows 7 driver for my printer to work on 8.1.  The manufacturer’s website says that the Windows 7 driver should work on Windows 10. I copied it to Dropbox, so I can add it if needed.

Okay, July 3, holiday weekend, got a physical outdoor project done up (pending the rain stopping). Time to upgrade the desktop (a Lenovo B50-30 all-in-one). Documenting via my laptop.

Did my upgrades so I’m up to date.

Got the free Macrium, as recommended, created a recovery disk, and did an image to my external hard drive (all partitions), before anything else. Then cold boot, disconnecting my external hard drive.

Download Windows10Upgrade9194.exe direct from Microsoft (which was the current version offered; your mileage may differ).

Close the browser. Accept the terms, of course. 1:17 p.m. Checks compatibility, all good. Downloading Windows 10. And so it begins….

1:47 p.m. and it’s installing at 2%. 2:02 and 81%. My Internet connection crashed for my laptop where I’m writing this post, but I got back up — weather or something to do with the installation? Or maybe just low battery, so I plugged it in. No idea.

2:15 and ready to restart. My USB mouse doesn’t work.  Not entirely surprised. Oh, well, it’s a touch screen so I’ll use that.

Black screen, “Upgrading Windows”, countdown in a circle. Copying files. 2:19 p.m.

Copying files 37%, 11% in the circle at 2:26 p.m. Now at 2:43 it’s 32% circle and installing features and drivers. 53% at 2:54, so we’re past the dreaded 32% mark, anyway.  71% at 2:57 p.m.  92% and configuring settings at 68% at 3:03 p.m.

At 3:09 p.m. I have a blue Welcome to Windows 10 screen with my avatar and a Next button.  I take the default Express settings; I can change later. Still no mouse. Reboots.

And my usual logon screen at 3:11 p.m. Windows 10 logon screen.

“We’ve updated your PC” and et cetera. Reassurances while the changes continue. Task Bar reappears.

It wants to update my gadgets.  I do, and they appear. Restart, and get my mouse back.

Quicken, VinylStudio and Readerware working (at least, they come up). Both my inkjet and label printers. And my external hard drive.

Huzzah!

Frankly, Windows 10 is not all that different.  The all-tiles screen is gone, but on a desktop, that’s not really much used anyway.  The Windows key slides out a menu with tiles from the left, but again, not using that much.

I use the Settings to tweak. And I’m back in business, so far.