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    Red face Windows 8 and Monitor Dimming after install

    Many have found their monitors placed into a "dimmed" mode after installing W8 and nothing you do changes the problem. There is a solution. After you install W8, do your activation and then: Go to your manufacture's website or your Graphics website and download the W7 graphics driver. Install the W7 graphics driver into a new directory and then through Device Manager, select the GRAPHICS listing, right click on the existing W8 graphics driver and request an update. Choose the directory into which you have loaded your W7 graphics driver you downloaded and tell the computer to select this driver. Your monitor should regain it normal brightness and can be managed as normal.

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    I have a sneaking feeling that the 8.1 upgrade downloaded from the store contains updated drivers,
    possibly gathered from a pre-assessment scan prior to the download.

    Before I upgraded to 8.1, I had a updated GPU driver sitting on WU. I had no intention of installing it at the time.
    Now it's magically installed on my post 8.1 setup.

    Check your last known version with what is now in device manager.
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Windows 8.1, 64 bit
    Motherboard: DX58SO2*Chipset: X58 Express/Intel ICH10*BIOS: SOX5820J.86A.0888.2012.0129.2203*Processor: Intel Core i7 CPU X 990
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 580*Memory: Corsair 12 GB, 4x3@1600*PSU: Corsair HX1000*Hard drives: REVO X2 160GB*OCZ VERT X3 120GB*5 mechanical storage drives (12 TB) total.

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