HATED MY SURFACE PRO 8 WITH WINDOWS 11


micfly

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Not sure where to post this just wanted to vent a little. I know there are other similar posts out there...

"Long time windows user and Surface Pro user". I still have my Surface Pro 1 (and 3 and 5). I was excited to get my new Surface Pro 8 back in November 2021. But man was I disappointed with Windows 11. I had no idea when I bought it.

I use my Surface as a desktop i.e., keyboard attached, kickstand up, sitting on a table. And as a tablet i.e., no keyboard, sitting on a table or just holding it. On a table it was okay but as a tablet I was going crazy (With the taskbar stuck on the bottom) it's just too hard to use. Try tapping an icon on the taskbar with your finger hitting the table at the edge of the bottom of the tablet - way too cumbersome.

It just feels hobbled. It's missing so many features. I just felt like I went backwards. I felt miserable with this new Surface!

The usual goggling found these concerns and many other similar complaints. I saw many people trying to patch or reset W11 basically back to W10. Many posts mentioned ExplorerPatcher, Open-Shell, etc. but I hesitated downloading/modify my new computer!!!

Long story short, I was so frustrated I took the plunge and installed ExplorerPatcher. BAM! Back to the W10 feel or at least livable. I was able to move the taskbar to the top of the screen. It’s still hobbled to me, and some things are still broke (like the taskbar's control center -top cutoff) but I feel like I have a new computer now.

I HOPE MICROSOFT READS THESE!!!!
 
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    Tablet
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    Microsoft/Surface Pro 8
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1185G7 @ 3.00GHz 3.00 G
    Memory
    16 gb
    Screen Resolution
    2880x1920
    Hard Drives
    512 ssd
    Keyboard
    Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2
    Mouse
    Surface Mobile Mousr

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Hello, @micfly,

Welcome to ElevenForum.


I'm sorry to read of your disappointment. But pleased you seem to have found a 'somewhat' workaround. :wink:


Take care.
 

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badrobot

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Does Windows 11 have a tablet mode? Or is it the same UI as desktop?
 

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micfly

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Does Windows 11 have a tablet mode? Or is it the same UI as desktop?
There is no option to toggle in/out of tablet mode with W11. Here's a pretty good explanation.
 

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    windows 11
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft/Surface Pro 8
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1185G7 @ 3.00GHz 3.00 G
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    16 gb
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    512 ssd
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There is no option to toggle in/out of tablet mode with W11. Here's a pretty good explanation.
I see. It's supposed to be smart enough to detect if a keyboard is attached. I never buy touchscreen PCs. I can't stand smudgy screens. 😁
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    Motherboard
    MSI MPG Gaming Edge Wifi (X570)
    Memory
    32GB Adata XPG DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX 1070 8GB ROG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Ultrawide 34"
    Screen Resolution
    3440x1440
    Hard Drives
    Main Boot Drive : 512GB Adata XPG RGB Gen3x4 NVMe M.2 SSD
    PSU
    EVGA 600 Watts Gold
    Case
    Deepcool Genome II
    Cooling
    Deepcool Fryzen
    Internet Speed
    1Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    "Moderna"
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-4790K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Xtreme6 Z97
    Memory
    16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro
    Graphics card(s)
    MSI R9 290
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Ultrawide 34"
    Screen Resolution
    3440x1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung M.2
    PSU
    Thermaltake 475 Watts 80 Bronze
    Case
    Thermaltake Commander I Snow Edition
    Cooling
    Deep Cool Archer Air Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Armageddon MKA-5R RGB-Hornet
    Internet Speed
    1Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Moderna :)
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