The Anonymous Widower

Is A Microsoft Surface Pro, Windows 10 and OneDrive A Toxic Combination For This WordPress User?

I have now got a brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro and quite frankly except for the large screen, it is a load of old crap!

I run Office 365 and store my files on OneDrive and I have done for nearly a year, but the combination seems to lock me out of my Excel files on the OneDrive all the time.

  • I can’t seem to Autosave like I used to, as it says that I am blocked.
  • It also keeps showing me non-responsive login buttons to OneDrive.
  • It tells me I am required to sign in to save the file, but won’t let me sign in.

Knickers and twist come to mind!

And then there’s WordPress.

I am trying to change a picture, which I want to upload into a post.

I get the Select File page, but it is totally unresponsive.

Luckily, I could change the picture using a Windows 7 laptop.

March 13, 2020 - Posted by | Computing | , ,


  1. Use an old laptop and load Ubuntu on it. It’s just like a modern version of the old Windows system with loads of online help. It’s free and comes with Libre Office which is compatible with Microsoft Office. It’ll keep you out of mischief for a week while you get used to it but only a week

    Comment by John Wright | March 13, 2020 | Reply

  2. Or a chromebook (some good ones available cheap secondhand, easy to wipe/reset using Chromebook powerwash feature), or chromium on an old laptop (for free, but doesn’t allow access to Google Play for apps unless you get bit tricksy).

    Chromebook/Chromium includes Linux, so you can run Libreoffice as well–google publishes the details online on how to enable Linux mode (in parallel to Chomebook) and then oneline commend to install Libre (or similar as long as packaged up correctly)

    More practically, my experience from work indicates that, contrary to what might be expected, a lot of the Microsoft websites work better on Chrome browser or Firefox browser, not Edge (even though Edge is now built from some of the same open source underpinnings)

    Comment by MilesT | March 13, 2020 | Reply

  3. This is a known problem with this machine. I would suggest you get a refund on the basis that it is not fit for purpose. I would buy a Lenovo Thinkpad with a 15″ screen. Run Windows 10 pro, and Brave as your browser. Add Chrome to use Drive and Pages. It is a semi-rugidised laptop with a good keyboard. Microsoft Surface machines have never had good reviews from users.

    Comment by jagracer | March 13, 2020 | Reply

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