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.