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Windows 7: Upgrade

23 Apr 2011   #1
craig46

Winows 7 Ultimatex64
 
 
Upgrade

Just upgraded to Win 7 Ulimate x64 bit and what I now have is a screen that is to dark to even go online with (doing this on another laptop) where can I find the solution/fix to this and what is causing it ?
It's a Gateway laptop that came originally with Vista x 64 bit


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23 Apr 2011   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi, welcome to the forums

Most/all laptops have a [FN] key which when pressed along with another [F] key will produce an built in action. You should have (normally in blue) buttons marked with the standard contrast/brightness icons, try [FN] + [one of those keys]
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23 Apr 2011   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Hi, welcome to the forums

Most/all laptops have a [FN] key which when pressed along with another [F] key will produce an built in action. You should have (normally in blue) buttons marked with the standard contrast/brightness icons, try [FN] + [one of those keys]
Yes, but the software that controls what some of the function keys do isn't part of Windows.

Gateway may have a utility available for download that gives the desired hotkey functions, but we'd need a model number to point to a download location.
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23 Apr 2011   #4
craig46

Winows 7 Ultimatex64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Hi, welcome to the forums

Most/all laptops have a [FN] key which when pressed along with another [F] key will produce an built in action. You should have (normally in blue) buttons marked with the standard contrast/brightness icons, try [FN] + [one of those keys]
Yes, but the software that controls what some of the function keys do isn't part of Windows.

Gateway may have a utility available for download that gives the desired hotkey functions, but we'd need a model number to point to a download location.
Hi.
Thanks for the replies, guys all I know is it's an M-Series. The label on the bottoms a bit worn !
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23 Apr 2011   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

See if this will help you find the info about your Model, etc

SIW - System Information for Windows

SIW | System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala
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24 Apr 2011   #6
craig46

Winows 7 Ultimatex64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
See if this will help you find the info about your Model, etc

SIW - System Information for Windows

SIW | System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala
*SIGH* Just got back, switched it on "Operating System Not Found" Guess that's what happens when you buy a used laptop online and try to upgrade over a pirated version!! Thanks anyway, guys
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24 Apr 2011   #7
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Buy a legitimate copy of windows, then do a clean install...
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24 Apr 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello craig46, welcome to Seven Forums!



If you have a legitimate Windows 7 to install do a complete wipe of the entire Hard Disk Drive to over-write all the old code and do a clean install, have a look through the information below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, then boot the Windows 7 installation media to use Step One of this tutorial at the first link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.

Whether you use diskpart to run either the clean all command to completely wipe a HDD / SSD or just the clean command to remove the format configuration data and don't use diskpart to create at least a single partition to do the installation to, letting the Windows installer do the format you will end up with the new Windows 7 System Reserved partition, if you want to make your own decision whether this partition is added, study these two (2) options below.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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24 Apr 2011   #9
craig46

Winows 7 Ultimatex64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Buy a legitimate copy of windows, then do a clean install...
That's my point I HAVE a legitimate copy of win 7...I think the version I was trying to upgrade from was pirated...I ain't an techie y'know. The guy sold me the laptop with a "legitimate" win 7 Pro" and I thought I would buy a legitimate upgrade to ultimate. That's when I asked my original question about screen brightness.
Now how the hell do I format a laptop that tells me Operating system not found ?
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24 Apr 2011   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I explained that to you in my post #8 above;


We are all volunteers here and do not help rude people.
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