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Windows 7: Photo Viewer SLOW for anyone else?

29 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Photo Viewer SLOW for anyone else?

As the title says. Any one else experience Windows Photo Viewer being really slow to Render and browse through pictures?

I've had this issue for a while, and just recently figured out the cause and thought I'd share in case it helps others.

Windows Photo Viewer was really slow, even to open w/a SSD drive, yet all other Photo Viewing Programs seem to work OK.

With the new Win instal, everything was just fine.
Then went to being slow again. The only thing that had changed was that I had ran the Windows Color Calibration just before it all went bad.

So what I had to do to fix it:

Control Panel/Color Management/ Advanced Tab

Delete the Windows Calibrated Color Profile
Set the sRGB IEC61966 as default (Windows native default profile)

Reboot and all was fixed.

Run Windows Color Calibration and all goes bad again when rendering photos.

Anyone else experience this and have a better solution? Or if anyone has noticed this, it very well may be the cause for you as well.

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21 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7

SOLUTION - At some stage you probably color calibrated your display using the tool in Windows 7. As soon as you remove this calibration profile speed will return to normal.

Right Click Desktop -> Screen Resolution -> Advanced Settings -> Color Management -> Color Management -> Advanced -> Change System Defaults

Then click on the default profile (the one you are using now) and click Remove. The profile should have some string in it like 'calibrated' ( I forget, I just deleted mine ). Make sure the new default profile does not have the 'calibrated' string in it. When you click Remove you will probably note some change in the screen colors as another profile becomes the default.

Now suddenly the image viewer will be lightning fast.
Go figure.
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22 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I havent tried the Calibration tool since my last experience, or know if it has ever been fixed.

This was the solution for me as well. Still unsure exactly why it does this though.
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