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Windows 7: Noob Question about default color profiles

10 Mar 2011   #1

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Noob Question about default color profiles

I was looking at my display settings and it recognizes my current main display as HP s2031 wide screen LCD monitor. So that's good because it's right.

When I clicked the advanced settings in that same window and proceed then to color management tab followed by clicking on the color managment button in that same tab, it then shows the drop down list of devices.

The first one is my default monitor which is HP s2031 wide screen LCD monitor as I mentioned before.

There are two color profiles listed in the box under this monitor but the tick box doesn't say to use either one of them on this device.

those two profiles, assuming that I was to check that tick box become managable once ticked but I don't know two things.

First, do I leave the thing unticked as it is and second, If I tick the box that says to "use my settings for this device" then which profile do i use?

These are the two profiles listed should I choose to tick that box.

HP s2031 LCD mMonitor(default) --- HP s2031.icm


sRGB IEC61966-2.1 --- sRGB Color Space Profile.icm

Also, is there a reason that the box is unticked to "use my settings for this device" in the first place, I wonder?

Of course, in the middle of this posting, I clicked that "change system defaults" button in the advanced tab and it did something. I have no clue what, it was so fast.

Geez. I told you I was a noob at this.

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10 Mar 2011   #2
James Colbert


It's likely that windows is already using the HP color profile. The RGB color profile is an image profile (of the color space assigned to the image), the standard profile for jpg images. For instance, I use the ProPhoto RGB color profile for all of my images until I save to jpg, at which time the sRGB IEC61966... profile is applied.

The HP profile is a device profile, created specifically for your monitor.

You can create your own color profiles for your devices using calibration software. You would check the 'Use my settings' option if you wished to use a profile you or someone else created, meaning really, any profile other than that windows assigned.

If you have no need for different color profiles (i.e., to ensure that your monitor or other device is displaying accurate colors, which you would need for image editing, etc.) and are happy with the appearance of your display, don't worry about it. If you're just curious and want to change the profile, you can always check the 'Use my settings..." box and choose any profile you like, switching it back if you don't like it. Try the HP profile first to see if you see any difference, although, as stated, it's likely already in use, esp. since Windows correctly identifies your monitor.

It may be wise, however, to create a System Restore point before making such changes, just in case things go south.

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10 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Ok. Thanks for that bit of feedback. I'll fudge around with it and try to see what makes a difference and what does not. I cannot really tell much, if any, difference in changing color profiles.

I did make a backup thankfully right before I started messing around in there. Basically, I was just curious. Didn't see the point in all of the different profiles for different devices.

like my HP printer for instance. It has an Adobe color profile. Weird. Well, if i "use my settings" it does. If not it's greyed out an not accessable unless the box is ticked. I didn't put it there so it's technically not mine. I don't know. Like I said. weird.

Just have to mess around with it like you said I guess.

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10 Mar 2011   #4
James Colbert


You really don't want the Adobe profile unless that's what you use for your images. Unless you know what you want and how to get it, experimenting is as far as I would go.

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