The screen on my brother's laptop (running Windows 7) is cracked and completely unusable. He was going to use one of the extra VGA monitors we have until he can get it repaired or replaced, but the monitor does not become the 'primary' monitor when connected--his desktop (and the monitor settings window) are still on the laptop's screen. Pressing Fn+F8, which looks like it should be that 'change monitor' button, didn't do anything. He's been using the TV in my room, as it uses HDMI and does become the primary monitor when connected, but that's not a very practical solution.
And we have no other HDMI monitors.
And the laptop won't run the VGA monitor and the TV at the same time (it just ignores the TV).
How could we make the VGA monitor the primary monitor instead of the built-in screen, before connecting it? My first guess would be to find and edit the appropriate config file, but according to this question, it looks like multi-monitor settings are stored in the registry, and the format looks really confusing.