Yellow tinge in Windows Photo Gallery

I recently experienced a problem with Windows Photo Gallery, using Windows Vista. It somehow added some yellow tinge/overlay to all my pictures. That is, it didn’t add it to the pictures physically but displayed them that way, as can be seen in the screenshot under. I did some good old digging on the Internet and found a solution on the MSDN board. If you have the same problem shown in the picture below, check out the third post in this thread (Update 17.4.08: I now noticed this thread is either moved or deleted) for info on how to fix it. The problem is a result of Windows Photo Gallery having problems with certain colour profiles (ICC profiles). Installing new profiles from, in this example, Adobe should solve the problem. Thanks goes out to the user “Dan” for this!

Windows Photo Gallery with yellow tinge

The process is recreated here for easy reading:

  1. Download newest ICC profiles from Adobe here. (If you feel like it, you can also download Adobe Color Management Module)
  2. Copy all profiles to C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\color
  3. Enter Color Management settings in Windows (Display settings > Advanced settings > Color management > Color management button)
  4. Check “Use my settings for this device” after selecting your display (if you have more than one, that is)
  5. Click “Add…” and select profile “sRGB IEC61966-2.1” (I guess, eventually, Adobe will update it, probably changing the two latter numbers, for instance -3.0 etc). Click OK
  6. With the new profile selected click “Set as Default Profile”
  7. Dan suggests to delete your old monitor profile, but I am unsure whether this is necessary
  8. Reboot, and that should do the trick

Hope this is helpful!

Update: I came across a Microsoft official support article about this. It can be found here.


  1. v useful – thanks. (Haven’t actually rebooted yet but hope it will work!)

  2. Hi mate. I have this yellow tinge, more like the difference between a jpg and a gif. Too little amount of colors in certain area’s. The point is is still have the problem and I’m running sRGB IEC61966-2.1 in the first place.

    Any other suggestions, apart from throwing vista down the pan,…’s poo

  3. What do you mean by “more like the difference between a jpg and a gif”? Do you only have the tinge appear on one of the formats?

    Chosing the profile mentioned in the post above worked fine with me. One error I did though when changing the profile was that I chose the wrong monitor, as you can assign different profiles for your different monitors. Are you running more than one monitor? If so, make sure you have the proper profile for both monitors.

    You could also try and chose any other of the profiles Adobe provide. They are, as far as I know, known to be good. And if they look weird or shows any miscolouring, you could allways change back.

    Let me know 🙂

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