Screen resolution got small after reinstallation Windows 7. What to do?

the screen got small Good day!

I will describe a fairly common situation on which I often receive questions. So …

On an ordinary 'average' laptop by modern standards, with a Intel HD video card (possibly plus some other discrete Nvidia), install Windows 7. After the system is installed and the desktop appears for the first time, the user notices that the screen has become a little small compared to what it was (note: the screen has a low resolution). In the screen properties – 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 with Windows 7 (or XP). The fact is that there are no built-in universal video drivers in their bundle (or rather, there are much less of them) built-in universal video drivers (which, by the way, are in Windows 8, 10 – that's why, when installing these OS, problems with video drivers are significant less). Moreover, this applies to drivers for other components, not only video cards.

To see which drivers are having problems, I recommend opening the Device Manager. The easiest way to do this is using the control panel Windows (just in case – the screen below shows how to open it in Windows 7).

START - control panel

START – control panel

In the control panel, open the address: Control Panel \ System and Security \ System. On the left in 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 'Video adapters' tab: if the 'Standard VGA graphics adapter' is present in it, this confirms that you do not have drivers in the system (because of this, the resolution is low and nothing fits on the screen :)) .

Standard VGA graphics adapter

Standard VGA graphics adapter.

Important! Note that the icon icon - no driver shows 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 video card will not be downloaded. there is no network driver, and you cannot download the network driver. no network … In general, that is still a node!

By the way, the screenshot below shows what the 'Video adapters' tab looks like if the driver is installed (the name of the video card will be visible – Intel HD Graphics Family).

There is a driver for the video card!

There is a driver for the video card!

The easiest way to solve this problem is to get a disk from the driver that came with your PC (however, such disks do not give to laptops :)). And with the help of 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.

It will not be possible to do without the help of a friend (neighbor). As a last resort, you can use a regular phone (if you have the Internet on it).

no network

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

A detailed solution to the problem is discussed here:

How to share the Internet from your phone:

2) Auto-Installing Drivers – Helpful / Harmful?

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

But in the overwhelming majority of cases, the driver update goes through, nevertheless, correctly and everything works. And there are a number of advantages from using them:

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

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

  1. Create a restore point manually – see this article for how to do it:
  2. Install one of the driver managers, I recommend these:
  3. Perform, using one of the programs above, search and update 'firewood' on your PC!
  4. In case of force majeure – just roll back the system using a restore point (see point-1 just above).

Driver booster

Driver Booster is one of the driver update programs. Everything is done with a single mouse click! The program is given in the link above.

3) Decide on the video card model.

If you decide to act manually, then before downloading and installing video drivers, you need to decide what kind of video card 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).

Determining the video card model

Determining the video card model – HWinfo

We will assume that the video card model is defined, the network is functioning 🙂 …

An article on how to find out the characteristics of a computer: https: //

which laptop model?

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

3) Official sites

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

Websites of video card manufacturers:

  1. Intel HD –
  2. Nvidia –
  3. AMD –

Laptop manufacturers websites:

  1. ASUS –
  2. Lenovo –
  3. Acer –
  4. Dell –
  5. HP –
  6. Dexp –

4) Installing the driver and setting the 'native' screen resolution

Installation …

As a rule, it is not a big deal – just run the executable file and wait for the installation to finish. After restarting the computer, the screen will blink a couple of times and everything will start working as before. The only thing I also recommend before installing is to make a backup copy Windows –

Change Resolution …

You can find a full description of the resolution change in this article:

I will try to be brief here. In most cases, it is enough to right-click anywhere on the desktop, and then open the link to the video card or screen resolution options (which I will do, see the screen below :)).

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

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

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

Screen resolution in Windows 7 - optimal selection.

Screen resolution in Windows 7 – optimal selection.

By the way? You can also change the resolution in the settings of the video driver – usually it is always visible next to the clock (if anything – press the arrow – icon - open hidden icons 'Show hidden icons', as in the screenshot below).

Video driver icon

Video driver icon Intel HD.

This completes the mission of the article – the screen resolution should have become optimal and the workspace should grow. If you have something to add to the article, thank you in advance. Good luck!

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