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Win 10 has missed a few of the old stand-by features

I just upgraded about 3 days ago. Yes, there is a learning curve to anything new. I did expect much of the old and of course some new.
Too many, a lot of the old standby stuff is gone.
While I can change my resolution I can't change my aspect ratio. On another website one person suggested that NVIDIA automatically download when upgrading to Win 10. Sorry guys I didn't know what NVIDIA is or does. He went on to say that we could change a setting in the NVIDIA 'control panel'. I can't even find NVIDIA in my Win 10. any all my images/graphics are either squished or stretched, over size or undersize. There is no sweet spot where all is perfect with respect to graphics in Win10. Never had that problem with Win 7.

I wanted to upgrade to stay with the times. Like the good old XP we know that Win 7 will fade away, so it's to move ahead or be left out.
I thought for sure that all these engineers would have done things right the first time and do some BETA Testing before they launched a new product.
An upgrade should have been seamless for a novice like me and others.
I did see a prompt where I could go back to Win 7 but now that prompt is gone (after 3 days). One guy at a local computer shop said I might need a new video card since my existing won't work with 10 as it did with 7.

Not sure what to do now.
Any suggestions?

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All good here.

But these are on laptops or LCD screens so we can't change the output pixels without the wrath of what happens off native LCD resolution. Here's a link about that.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_resolution

In days of old with CRT displays you could push that around but not so much with LCDs. Also I wonder if you looked for a show all resolutions.

Since I can't find what PC, display or video card I can't offer much except it's all good here.

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setting ratio in win7?

Never done any ratio setting...where do you do that on win7, remember? So same resolution on win10 won't give you the same ratio?

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ya, no ratios there either

Sorry I'm not that savvy. But I do know that I have checked each and every resolution setting in win 10 and none of them look right. win7 was fine, no problems.
Honestly, I don't remember aspect ratio on win7 either but I do remember setting that ratio somewhere. No my monitor doesn't have it either. I think someone said that in passing and it was a term I remembered and it stuck with me

I really only need to know what it is that I should do

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Never found "ratio" in XP, 7,8 or 10.
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In Win 7

go to Control Panel > Display > Change Display Settings
My display was auto detected properly but can change things

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Well Nvidia is the manufacturer of

your graphics card. Nvidia has to supply a driver for Windows to be able to send commands to Windows. Now typically if Nvidia isn't going to support a graphics card WIndows 10 installation will tell you and won't install. You also have to use Nvidia's graphic utility to adjust aspect ratio.

So the guy at the video store may be right or he may be wrong. You need to contact Nvidia support but before you do you need to know what grpahics cards model you have and you can find that in the device manager.

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What a mess

I've been using computers since 1993 with Windows 3 which relied on DOS input. Windows 7, in my opinion is/was superb, but now we're stuck with 10.
The interfaces are complex and messy, and we're bombarded with unwanted commercials. programmes are self installing without permission, and it seems to be more vulnerable to malicious attacks: thank goodness for Comodo.
10 seems to be aimed at kids wanting to tell the World what they're having for breakfast. There's a reason for it being given away for free: Microsoft must be making a fortune from advertising revenue.
I still have my 13 year old laptop running XP, and the laptop I'm writing this post on will soon be running good, not so old Seven again.

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Well... Where to Begin?

You provided very little information in your query.

First of all, there has never been a product in computer history as extensively beta tested as Windows 10 has been. The beta testing was VERY widespread and went on for more than a year.

Secondly, you need to get to know your computer a little better, and obtain a little more general knowledge of how computers work. Whenever a new O/S is loaded on an existing computers, you need to attend to such matters as device drivers. Some will need to be updated. Others may not. Your graphics card driver usually does, as do your printer drivers.

If you do not have an nVidia graphic card, nothing about nVidia is relevant to you. First determine whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit. You can do this by right-clicking on "My Computer," selecting "Properties," and seeing what it says under "System Type." Most drivers and software come in 32-bit and 64-bit versions -- 32-bit versions will usually work (but with reduced performance) on 64-bit systems, but 64-bit versions will NOT work on 32-bit systems.

Then, I would suggest getting a freeware system info application like hWinInfo (one of those things that have 32- and 64-bit versions) at http://www.hwinfo.com/download.php and running it to see exactly what your system actually has installed on it.

Especially pay attention to the graphics card brand and version. Go to that manufacturer's website and download and install the appropriate driver. That should solve your aspect ratio problem.

There are a number of freeware driver applications that will help you update your drivers en masse. Many people are happy with one called "Driver Booster" (http://www.iobit.com/en/driver-booster.php). I personally do not like these programs but then I built my own computer and I know exactly what I've got. They are VERY useful for novices.

Very rarely will an O/S upgrade go as smoothly as installing Windows 8 over Windows 7 was (it was simpler and quicker than many software suite installations), and Windows 10 is actually a radical advancement in the nuts-and-bolts of it -- the most sweeping changes at least since Windows XP over Windows 98, and perhaps even since Windows 95 replaced Windows 3.x.

I would offer a word of general advice here. If you don't know what you're doing, have someone who does do it for you.

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still learning

I have a friend coming over this afternoon that has a better background than me and he too installed Win10 on his PC with no hitches.

When I criticized Win-10 I only meant that if Win-10 was an upgrade from win 7 then the software itself should have recognized what I have, or don't have, and the software would adjust any "imperfections" on my system. Or at the very least recommend what needs to be done.

When I had Win 7 installed from XP I didn't do it. I tried to contact the tech that did it and he's too busy with commercial accounts so I can't even get the time of day from him. So, now I move on to that friend this afternoon. If he can't figure it out, yes, I will take it to our local computer shop.
It was my attitude to ask here because if a person doesn't ask (even the dumbest questions) he'll never learn.
I thought with some guidance that I might learn and fix it myself.

1) I do have a 64 bit system
2) but I am now under the impression that I don't even have a NVIDIA card. I did a search on my system looking for anything NVIDIA and nothing shows up. Or, I do have one and it's out of date and needed to be upgraded as well

I also attempted to upgrade the drivers for NVIDIA and it got a wee bit complex and a warning popped up about the download coming from an UNTRUSTED site, so I bailed with the download...at this point.

The more I learn from trial and error and experimenting (under controlled situations)...then the more I learn. Technology is leaping forward leaps and bounds and trying to keep up is a task in itself.

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and personally I have upgraded over 5,

don't remember the exact count and everything went fairly smoothly except for one, no internet connection. In this case, all I had to do was to reinstall the LAN card driver. If you have problem, generally speaking it's a driver issue.

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what you have

Check manufacturer site for your make and model. Something we are still all wondering about ourselves.
Check windows device manager to see what it claims to have found.
Boot a Linux CD and run the command inxi -v7 in Terminal

NVIDIA is a maker of video chips, both onboard (soldered to motherboard) and discrete (buy, shove in a slot on motherboard). The chip determines the driver used.

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F I N A L L Y

I think I got it.

I set the resolution to 1600 x 900, same as my daughter's Win10. Then (by just playing around) I also set the text size from 100% to 125%. And then I tried it at 150%.
Tada. Everything turned out absolutely perfect.

There was a point when I downloaded from this recommended website http://www.hwinfo.com/download.php
and it prompted me as being a unsafe website. I could not kill it not matter what. So I waited for my Defender to finish and my anti malware to finish and shut off the machine. Upon a restart everything ended up perfect.

Just as an FYI. I did try that text size adjustment to 150% before this date but under different resolution settings, no wonder it didn't work. It took the right combination

Thanks to all you guys for your contributions

Now all I need is to speed this machine up. I already have a new modem that the cable company installed. I'm using a 1 TB hard drive and serval gigs of ram.
Any suggestions there?

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The two best ways to speed things up are RAM & SSD.

Depending on your needs, you could also consider a video card for gaming.

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here's what I have

1 TB hard drive
4.0 GB ram
Intel (R), Pentium (R), DUAL @ 2.20Ghz, 2.20 Ghz
64 bit Operating system
x64-based processor.

I'm obviously not into gaming, but will a gaming card make that much difference?
My YouTube stuff is ok and some of those online movies are ok. But where things fall apart is clicking on websites and the time it takes to have a website come to life. Same goes for the initial start up of the computer. Slow or what.

Do you still recommend a gaming card is might there be something else I should look at?

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No need for video card if you're not gaming.

Going to 8 GB would help, and putting Windows on an SSD would help startup and program loading a lot. Web page load time depends more on your Internet connection & you haven't said what you have. Then too some web sites are just simply slow. These forums can be slow loading at times because some things have to go through a number of servers. I have a fast cable Internet service, and some web pages are simply going to be slow due to their implementation.

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high speed internet

I have a high speed internet via our cable company.
I'll look into doubling my ram (just like the old days) I haven't looked at the mother board lately, so I'll see what it's capable of for being scalable, like an extra slot. If I only have one slot then that means removing the 4GB and buying a new 8GB, That's expensive, so is a new SSD. Of course either spend the money or don't complain. Right?
However, as long as I know where the problem lies then I can work towards it.
The TV in my home office also died so it's called priority time.
Thanks again guys

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high speed internet

still won't load slow websites any faster than before probably. some websites are just on slow connections. The speed bottleneck is on their side.

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Ok, no gamer here.

In your opinion, going ssd worth the trouble for the gained speed? 120GB or 240GB? I am think about that right now.

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image restore

I would just do a restore of the image you made prior to the upgrade.....You did do a image first I hope.............

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