Windows 7, wipes out my custom color calibration with automatic updates 🙁
A friend of mine and I keep having an issue with Windows 7, automatic updates wiping out our monitors calibration and resetting it to Default (which in my case is too blue) I’m not 100% sure what my friends issue is, but in my case I have finally resolved the issue. It was what we in the I.T. industry call an ID Ten T error (idiot).
With WinXP Pro I saved my custom calibration profile in the device vendors software settings after running the calibration process. That worked flawlessly for years, but not anymore. I recently read an article on the Microsoft Technet site (for IT engineers) Oops, the introduction of Windows Vista, color management changed completely. MS now suggest you change your procedures as follows:
1.) Run your favored monitor calibration application as per manufactures instructions.
2.) Save the newly created color profile with any name not already on your system. (Do Not name the file “Default”)!
3.) Go into Start/Control Panel/Color Management/
4.) Click Advanced/Change Systems Defaults.
5.) Select the profile you just created in step one.
6.) Check the box: All Users, as you wish.
7.) Click OK and reboot the computer.
The MS Technet site also recommends that you back up the file to your “My Documents” folder. Unless your color management system stores the newly created color profile within the software somehow, the location should be: C:WindowsSystem32spooldriverscolor Your_file_name.icc
Other Questions and Misconceptions:
Q. – Why should I care? My monitor was calibrated at the factory which uses better equipment then you or I can afford!!
A. – The term “Monitor Calibration” is pseudonymous with the procedure and actually doesn’t physically affect your monitor at all.
Each operating system will vary slightly even on identically manufactured computers. Macintosh’s are extremely tight, but everyone else falls far short dependent on a number of personal settings. Even Mac’s can benefit from custom calibration, tailored to your own environment and working conditions.
What we are doing here is creating a neutrally balances system, with respect to your: Screen Resolution, Color Depth (aska 16bit, 24bit and so on) Video Graphics Card (or integrated chipset) and to some degree the ambient light in the roam in which you are working…
As an example:
I have a 25” Iyama Vision Master Pro, specifically designed for photoshop and graphics. Calibrated everything looks fantastic. Now I plugin my laptop and I can see a heavy blue cast. Does this mean I need to tweak all of the monitors color settings until it looks perfect? No, not at all!! I need to align my laptops video card/drivers with the attached external monitor.
NOTE: When attempting to calibrate a laptop to an external monitor, be sure your display properties are set to Monitor 2, before proceeding. You don’t want to wipe out your mobile, stand alone profile you created earlier. 🙂
Q. – I’ve always been told Laptops cannot be calibrated, so why should I care?
A. – This may have been true at one point in time, but is no longer the case with newer systems. It was also the case with first gen LCD monitors and no longer relevant with today’s technology. There can be exceptions out there, but I haven’t seen any and I work on a lot of systems per, Laptops, Desktop workstations and Servers.
As an example:
I have new Thinkpad. With the default color profile supplied by Lenovo, everything looks fine. But once I started posting edits on the internet all of my friends are calling: “Dave, all of your work is way to orange/red”. I run the calibration software, on the very last step I have to ability to see Now and Before, with the click of the mouse. Yikes, my factory default was way to blue. I had been over compensating to make skin tones more pleasing, without realizing I was actually pumping up the red/yellow to humiliating levels…
Q. – What is the most critical thing to calibrate? And how often do you check it?
A. – Black Point Calibration, is the most critical, especially with CRT monitors. Black Point Calibration is the easiest to adjust without expensive third party calibration systems. READ THIS
Q. – Some of these systems are very expensive, which economy system do you recommend?
A. – You get what you pay for and it’s your work, your name and reputation out there for the world to see, do as you wish.. LOL
I’m using a really old Spyder Pro 2, calibration system. I paid $149 several years ago. Version 4 is out now, I have no idea what it costs. A good friend of mine is using a $1,200.00 “Macbeth color eye” WOW, This seriously Rocks!! It not only profiles his monitors, but tweaks the printer profiles within a minute and after one test sheet, every print is as shot, perfection…..
Hope this helps