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Windows 7 - Installing a Color Profile

Colour profiles define a set of parameters for optimizing your computer's display. All display devices have their own optimal colour profiles which vary depending on the model. To enjoy the highest possible display quality from your monitor, it's important that the colours it displays match reality as closely as they can. Few people bother to install the correct colour profile for their monitors, instead using the default colour profile provided by the operating system. For most users, this is perfectly adequate. However, if you want to get the most from your hardware, you should consider downloading and installing a more suitable colour profile.

The best place to find the optimal colour profile is normally at the website of the manufacturer of your monitor. Many manufacturers provide a database of colour profiles for the monitors they build. Rather than being listed as colour profiles, they are often simply referred to as monitor drivers. Check out the manufacturer's website and see if there are any drivers or colour profiles available for your precise model. Normally, these downloads will be in the form of a compressed archive. Extract this to a folder on your computer.

Open your start menu and click on "Control Panel." In the top-right, choose "Large icons" or "Small icons" from the drop-down box beside "View by." Double-click "Color Management."

From the drop-down box beside "Device," choose the device that you want to change the colour profile for. By default, your primary monitor will be selected, so you probably won't want to change this. Check the box beside "Use my settings for this device" and click the "Add" button below.

Click "Browse" and navigate to the location of the files you extracted. Choose the device colour profile for your monitor and click "Add." Once you do this, the new colour profile will be applied immediately and you will probably notice a change in your monitor's appearance. Click "Close" to continue.

If you are using multiple monitors, you should repeat the process after selecting the additional monitor from the drop-down box back on the main window of the colour management utility.

From now on, you should be able to enjoy using a better quality display, especially when working with photos, playing video games or watching movies.


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