Colour Management Not Working in Windows 11

An attractive display always seeks attention owing to its colour profile. Every display carries colour management feature for colour accuracy. It’s extremely important for graphics designers, photographers, and other professionals who can’t compromise colour accuracy and other related parameters of colour management. Reportedly, upgrading to Windows 11 results in a ‘Colour Management not working’ problem.

After a lot of research, it has been found that the operating system has issues with software such as Google Chrome and Adobe Photoshop. Since every monitor comes with different colour management, users need to install an identical colour profile.

Such colour profiles are available at display manufacturers and third-party sources. However, you can retain colour accuracy through Image Colour Management, International Colour Consortium, calibration hardware, and much more.

Let’s see what you can do to overcome the Colour Management issue on your Windows 11 PC.

Update your Windows 11 Operating System

Glitches are quite common after you have upgraded your PC from one operating system to another. Generally, Microsoft releases updates and security patches if users complain about malfunctioning devices. You can install the patches to recover your Windows device from the Colour Management not working issue.

Here’s how you can update your Windows 11 system:

  • Launch the Settings app by applying the key shortcut: Windows + I.
  • Choose Windows Update from the left navigation menu of Settings.
  • Next, you need to click on the ‘Check for updates’ button on the right side of the window.
  • This will reveal if any new updates are available for the Windows 11 OS.
  • In case, any updates appear after the scan, continue downloading and installing the update.

Lots of users have confirmed that the Colour Management not working issue disappeared after a successful update of Windows 11. Try this yourself and check if it helps.Try Reinstalling the Colour Profile

Mostly, manufacturers offer dedicated colour profiles to be downloaded by users on their PCs. You have to simply go to the website support section of the manufacturer. After that, you need to search for the colour profile through the display’s model number.

Reinstalling the colour profile will free the system from unwanted issues. You can reinstall the colour profile using the following steps:

  • Go to the Settings application. Select the System tray and then choose Display.
  • After that, you need to choose your display. Scroll down to locate the Advanced Display option and click on that option to open it.
  • Afterwards, select the link that says, ‘Display Adapter Properties for the Display’.
  • Select the tab named Colour Management under the Graphics Properties windows.
  • Click the Colour Management option and choose the monitor in that section.
  • Next, click the Add button and choose the ICC file or colour profile to apply that.

Reset the Defective Application

If you have found no solution for the Colour Management not working problem, then it might be the definite application. The application might be problematic and you might need to reset it. Go through the following guidelines to reset the application:

  • Head towards the Settings application on your Windows 11 device.
  • Next, choose the Apps option from the left navigation panel.
  • After that, you need to select Apps & Features from the right panel of the window.
  • Look for the defective application. Once you find it, click the three-dotted icon next to it.
  • Thereafter, click Advanced Options from the menu. Then, click the Reset button.
  • Go for the Reset option again if a prompt shows up.

This will reset the application. Check if Colour Management starts working after resetting the particular application.

Update Graphics Card Driver on your Windows 11 PC

Corrupted or outdated graphics card drivers are a known cause of the Colour Management not working instance. If you are still facing the same issue, it’s time to update your PC’s graphics card driver. Check out the steps below:

  • Right-click the Start menu button. A Context menu would appear, and you have to select Device Manager from there.
  • Next, double-click on Display Adapters. After that, right-click the graphics card driver and select the option called ‘Update Driver’.
  • Go for the Automatic Search option when a window pops up.

Finish updating the graphics card drivers by following on-screen instructions.

Reinstall the Graphics Drivers

Updating the graphics drivers might not have eradicated the Colour Management not working issues on Windows 11. Try reinstalling graphics cards drivers and see if the Colour Management works:

  • Launch the Quick Access menu by pressing the Windows and X keys simultaneously.
  • Select the Device Manager option from the Quick Access menu.
  • Locate Display Adapters and double-click on it.
  • Next, right-click the Graphics Adapter option. Choose the Uninstall Device from the Context menu.
  • Check the box next to the option named ‘Attempt to remove the driver for this device’.
  • After that, click the Uninstall option and reboot your computer.

Windows computer will automatically install a compatible graphics driver to replace the uninstalled one. Reinstalling the graphics driver would also repair a corrupted graphics card driver.

Roll Back to Previous Graphics Driver Version

Users have reported that updating the graphics driver can result in the Colour Management not working issue. Therefore, rolling back the current graphics driver update to its previous version might solve the problem. Follow the guidelines below:

  • Press the Windows and I keys at the same time to explore the Settings app.
  • Next, click the Windows Update option from the left navigation panel.
  • Go to the Update History option to check out all the recent updates.
  • Click the Uninstall option for the pacific driver that you want to roll back.

Click the Uninstall option again to uninstall the current driver version. Now, check if the Colour Management not working issue has disappeared or not.

Uninstall the Most Recent Windows Update

Perhaps, the newest version of the Windows update might be causing the Colour Management not working issue. The incompatibility of the Windows update triggers the issue. Uninstalling the latest Windows update will help you to get rid of the trouble. Here’s what you have to do:

  • Open the Settings app on your Windows PC.
  • After that, you have to click the Windows Update option from the left pane.
  • Head towards the Update History option. This will show you all the recent updates. Scroll down and locate the update that you want to uninstall.
  • Click on those updates that you want to uninstall. Look for those Windows updates that start with KB in their initials.
  • To uninstall them, right-click those updates and click the Uninstall option.Revert back to Windows 10

If none of the above solutions helped you to overcome the Colour Management not working issue on Windows 11 PC, then there’s only one way left. You have to revert your operating system back to Windows 10 from Windows 11. Since Windows 11 is responsible for the issue, it’s better to get rid of it. Reverting back to Windows 10 will relieve you from the Colour Management problem. You might keep checking on the updates page. Microsoft might eliminate the bug soon, and then you can install Windows 11 on your PC.

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