Windows photo viewer – bad image quality in windows 7


Why do your photos have an odd color cast in the Photo Gallery in Windows but look fine in Internet Explorer?

Fix image quality in Windows

The photo viewer in Photo Gallery is a color managed environment (it can use a color profile to render a color-accurate representation of your photo).  The XP Viewer and IE (and many other applications) are not color managed. Color management can be a complex topic. It’s possible that there is an incorrect color profile embedded in the photo, or perhaps you have an incorrect color profile applied to your display device. Following these instructions may fix the problem:
  1. Control Panel->Hardware and Sound->Color Management
  2. Select your display device
  3. Check the box “Use my setting for this device”
  4. Click Add
  5. Choose “sRGB IEC61966-2.1” (this is the color profile that IE is using)
  6. Set it as default.