AMD 7970M Issues w/ Skyrim on Windows 7: Launcher never recognizes adapter?

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I'm trying to play Skyrim with my laptop's AMD 7970M. The Skyrim launcher doesn't appear to recognize the 7970M in the list of graphics adapters but device manager shows that it's installed and working as follows:

(Skyrim Launcher Lacks AMD 7970M.)(Device Manager Shows AMD 7970M.)
no_7970m_skyrim_launcher.jpgdevice_manager_shows_7970m.jpg

 

Right now, the Radeon Settings control panel shows me holding at software version 17.4.4 (Crimson ReLive):

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Here's other version information:

Radeon Settings Version - 2017.0424.2119.36535

Driver Packaging Version - 17.10.1731-170424a2-313748C-CrimsonReLive

Provider - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

2D Driver Version - 8.1.1.1599

Direct3D® Version - 9.14.10.01261

OpenGL® Version - 6.14.10.13474

OpenCL™ Version - 22.19.162.4

AMD Mantle Version - 9.1.10.0189

AMD Mantle API Version - 102400

AMD Audio Driver Version - Not Available

Vulkan™ Driver Version - 1.5.0

Vulkan™ API Version - 1.0.39

 

The Windows 7 laptop I'm working with here is up-to-date with Microsoft's latest updates but no matter what I do, the Skyrim launcher always and only shows the OEM graphics (twice) instead of my actual GPU. I've tried deleting Skyrim preferences, etc. to no avail and I'm just not sure what else to do. The last time I remember the drop-down showing the 7970M was back when I was using the AMD Catalyst 14.4 drivers back in 2016. Sadly, I still have those and tried them last night but for whatever reasons, it didn't help: the motherboard graphics still showed in the launcher twice and whenever I try to play Skyrim with both the TESV.exe and skyrimlauncher.exe set to "High Performance," the highest frames-per-second value I get is a max of about 60 (often fluctuating lower towards low 40s to mid 50s).

 

Any help with this would be appreciated but I'm curious if the launcher options even matter? Maybe the settings override that??? If so, I wonder why the Skyrim preference files show the Intel(R) HD Graphics 2000 adapter as being the display adapter being used?

 

Help would be appreciated and thanks in advance.