Changed Screen Resolution What To Do Windows 7

Good day!

I will describe a fairly common situation in which I often get questions. So …

Windows 7 is installed on the usual “average” laptop by modern standards, with an IntelHD graphics card (maybe plus some discrete Nvidia), after the system is installed and the desktop appears for the first time, the user notices that the screen has become it’s small in comparison with what it was (note: i.e. the screen has a lower resolution). In the properties of the screen. the resolution is set to 800 × 600 (as a rule), and the other cannot be set. And what to do in this case?

In this article I will give a solution to a similar problem (so that there is nothing tricky here :)).


This problem, most often, occurs precisely with Windows 7 (or XP). The fact is that their kit does not have (more precisely, there are much fewer of them) built-in universal drivers (which, by the way, are in Windows 8, 10. which is why there are significantly fewer problems with drivers when installing these OSs). over, this also applies to drivers for other components, not only cards.

To see which drivers have problems, I recommend opening the device manager. The easiest way to do this is to use the Windows control panel (just in case, see the screen below on how to open it in Windows 7).

START. control panel

In the control panel, open the address: Control Panel \ System and Security \ System. On the left of the menu there is a link to the device manager. open it (screen below)!

How to open Device Manager. Windows 7

Next, pay attention to the “adapters” tab: if “Standard VGA graphics adapter” is present in it, then this confirms that you do not have drivers in the system (because of this, low resolution and nothing fits on the screen :))

Changed Screen Resolution What To Do Windows 7

Standard VGA graphics adapter.

Important! Please note that the icon indicates that there is no driver for the device at all. and it does not work! For example, the screenshot above shows that, for example, there is no driver even for an Ethernet controller (i.e. for a network card). This means that the driver for the card will not be downloaded, because there is no network driver, but you cannot download the network driver, because there is no network In general, that node is still!

By the way, the screenshot below shows what the “Adapters” tab looks like if the driver is installed (the name of the card. Intel HD Graphics Family will be visible).

There is a driver for the card!

The easiest way to solve this problem.. this is to get the driver disk that came with your PC (laptops, however, they don’t give such disks :)). And with it, everything is quickly restored. Below, I will consider the option of what can be done and how to restore everything even in cases where your network card does not work and there is no Internet to download even a network driver.

1) How to restore the network.

Absolutely without the help of a friend (neighbor). will not do. In extreme cases, you can use a regular phone (if you have internet on it).

Essence of the decision in that there is a special program 3DP Net (the size of which is about 30 MB), which contains universal drivers for almost all types of network adapters. Those. roughly speaking, having downloaded this program, installed it, it will select the driver and the network card will work for you. You can download everything else from your PC.

2) Auto-install drivers. useful / harmful?

If you have Internet access on your PC, then auto-installing drivers can be a good solution. In my practice, of course, I met both with the correct operation of such utilities and with the fact that sometimes they updated drivers so that it would be better if they didn’t do anything at all

But in the overwhelming majority of cases, updating the drivers passes, nevertheless, correctly and everything works. And the advantages of using them are a number of:

  1. Save a lot of time on the definition and search for drivers for specific equipment;
  2. can automatically find and update drivers to the latest version;
  3. in case of unsuccessful update. a similar utility can roll back the system to the old driver.

In general, for those who want to save time, I recommend the following:

  1. Create a recovery point in manual mode. how to do this, see this article:
  2. Install one of the driver managers, I recommend these ones:
  3. Perform using one of the programs above, search and update the “firewood” on your PC!
  4. In case of force majeure, just roll back the system using the restore point (see point-1 a little above).

Driver Booster is one of the programs for updating drivers. Everything is done with the first click of the mouse! The program is given at the link above.

3) Determine the model of the card.

If you decide to act manually, then before downloading and installing drivers, you need to decide what kind of card model you have installed in your PC (laptop). The easiest way to do this is to use special utilities. One of the best, in my humble opinion (also free) is Hwinfo (screenshot below).

Card Model Definition. HWinfo

We assume that the model of the card is defined, the network is functioning:)

By the way, if you have a laptop. then the driver for it can be found on the website of the laptop manufacturer. To do this, you need to know the exact model of the device. You can find out about this in an article about determining a laptop model:

3) Official sites

Here, as it were, there is nothing to comment on. Knowing your OS (for example, Windows 7, 8, 10), a card model or a laptop model. all you need to do is go to the manufacturer’s website and download the required driver (By the way, it’s not always the newest driver. the best. Sometimes it’s better to install the older one. because it is more stable. But it’s rather difficult to guess here, just in case I recommend you download a couple of driver versions and try it experimentally ).

card manufacturers sites:

Notebook manufacturers sites:

4) Installing the driver and setting the “native” screen resolution


As a rule, it is nothing complicated. just run the executable file and wait for the end of the installation. After rebooting the computer, the screen blinks a couple of times and everything starts to work, as before. The only thing I also recommend that you make a backup of Windows before installation.

Change permission

A full description of the permission change can be found in this article:

Here I will try to be brief. In most cases, just right-click anywhere on the desktop and then open a link to the card settings or screen resolution (which I will do, see the screen below :)).

Windows 7. screen resolution (right-click on the desktop).

Next, you just need to choose the optimal screen resolution (in most cases, it is marked as recommended , see screen below).

Screen resolution in Windows 7. the optimal choice.

By the way? You can also change the resolution in the settings of the driver. usually it is always visible next to the clock (if anything. click the arrow. “Show hidden icons”, as in the screenshot below).

IntelHD driver icon.

This completes the mission of the article. the screen resolution was to become optimal and the workspace grow. If there is something to supplement the article. thank you in advance. Good luck