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Windows 7: Windows 7 Pro x64: Bad image color temperature in Windows Photo Viewer

16 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Windows 7 Pro x64: Bad image color temperature in Windows Photo Viewer

Hello everyone,

This is a strange issue I can't seem to solve:
For browsing pictures, I used 'Windows Photo Viewer' as long as I remember; since it is fast, and does the job.
However, since I installed Win7 Pro x64 in summer 2010, images are shown with a 'too warm color temperature', i.e. 'too red'.
This is only the case in Windows Photo Viewer; when viewed in e.g. Paint the image looks perfectly fine. See the attached screenshot.

I re-installed Windows last week after I bought an SSD, but the problem still persists (or, again).
I forgot to check if this issue was there before I installed my video card drivers; as I suspect it might have something to do with the nVidia 'Desktop color settings'.
Namely, I had an issue before, where sometimes my monitor would look 'dimmed' except for my cursor (I know, right?).
Re-starting would solve it, but sometimes the issue returned. Googling gave me the answer: under 'Adjust desktop color settings', change the radio button from 'Other applications control color settings' to 'Use NVIDIA settings'.

I hoped this would also fix the strange Windows Photo Viewer issue; but unfortunately, it did not.

At my work I don't have this issue in Win7, and it seems I'm out of options :)
It is quite an annoyance, since pictures look like crap.

Does anyone have an idea?

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16 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Ahh wait, I feel stupid now. I searched a lot for this before, and couldn't find anything. Now, I can find tons of threads on this.
If I solve the problem myself, I will mark this thread as 'solved'!

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16 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Yep, solved the issue like so (found in this thread: Windows Photo Viewer Background Yellow Color-Fix:

Its to do with the color management system.

Heres how to correct it:

1. open control panel
2. type color in the search bar and click on the green color management link
3. in the dialog that appears tick the box under your monitor name which says "use my settings for this device"
4. click on the add button
5. There will appear a list of color profiles. You want to select sRGBIEC611966-2.1 and click ok
6. click on the set as default profile button and then close button

Repeat this procedure for each monitor you may have.
Worked for me.
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