Windows Photo Viewer : Yellow Tint [SOLVED]

Opening a picture in Windows Photo Viewer gives is yellow tint. This happens because of an incorrect colour profile. It might happen after installation of a new monitor software or a buggy video driver.

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Windows Photo Viewer. A picture with a yellow tint.
Windows Photo Viewer. How a picture should actually look
Windows Photo Viewer. How a picture should actually look

To rectify go to Control Panel and Colour Management, as shown below.

Colour Management with an incorrect colour profile
Colour Management with an incorrect colour profile

First click Remove and take out the default profile after accepting the prompt as shown.

Remove the default profile
Remove the default profile

Next, select add and choose sRBG IEC61966-2.1 and click OK.

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The selected profile will show up as shown. Click Close and check if things are back to normal.

Correct Profile
Correct Profile

Microsoft has a tool to correct the problem. It is called Microsoft Fix It Tool for Yellow tint. It can be downloaded from the following URL

http://support2.microsoft.com/mats/windows_photo_and_slideshow_diag/en-us

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Run the tools as an Administrator. It gives you two options. The fix works pretty OK, whichever way you choose. Recommended is the ‘Apply the fix for me’ option.

Two options
Two options

You might see this at the end of the run. But just check if the pictures are showing correctly, and you are good to go.

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