I had similar bad experiences with my work laptop, until I could get Windows 7 on a new laptop.
I was with a small workplace and given a laptop for work, one of those cheap ones you get at the local electronics store. It had Windows 8, a whole host of preloaded crapware, and was incredibly clumsy.
When I complained, I was given a small budget to get my own laptop. I got a refurbished Lenovo Yoga, one of those two-in-one things that could open fold back the screen completely on itself, and pretend to be a tablet if you ignored the keyboard on the back. Conceptually great, but also came with preloaded crapware, the biggest of which was this monstrosity known as Windows 8.
Moreover, there was a big problem for people like me who needed to close up the laptop, tuck it under my arm to walk into the next room, and open it up again without the laptop powering down.
If you held the laptop the wrong way up, the software would detect that you had rotated the screen, try to act like it was an iPad, and turn all the windows 90 degrees, squeezing them into the now-narrower-and-taller screen. The windows would get narrower to fit, but wouldn't grow taller to take up available space on the screen. It also took about 2 seconds for the software to realize that gravity had changed direction. The upshot was that when I walked into the next workroom, sat down, and opened my laptop, the windows would be sideways or upside down for a few seconds, and then rotate to the correct orientation but not size. I actually had to write an AutoHotkey routine to resize windows.
I tried to install Linux on these. I was able to boot from flash USB drive and install, but it would not naturally boot the installed Linux without the USB drive. It refused to boot GRUB and give me a boot selector.
I bemoaned the loss of Windows 7 (which is still a Microsoft product but a lot more predictable and came before the Let's-Make-Windows-A-Tablet-GUI era) and the ubiquity of crapware, until I was given a slightly higher budget to get a Dell laptop after bitter complaining.
Lo! and behold! The Dell Vostro small business laptop was available with Windows 7! It had no crapware, and the BIOS not only allowed but actually defaulted to legacy non-secure boot which allowed me to install Linux. (Some of the BIOS settings actually mentioned Linux: "such-and-such a setting should be used for Ubuntu", the BIOS said.) The Windows 7 must have been through some loophole, because this Dell laptop comes with a "recover disk" for Windows 8 and not Win7 (even though the computer comes with Win7 installed). It comes with a "generate your own recovery disk" software so that you can restore Win7 -- I guess somehow Dell's not allowed to provide a Win7 disk.
I am so happy that I can actually take shelter under Windows 7 and hopefully ride out the Win8/Win10 crapfest until something reasonable comes along. I swear if Linux had anything like AutoHotkey, I'd stop using Windows altogether.