Microsoft says Windows 11 has a color rendering issue, fix arriving in late January

midian182

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What just happened? Windows 11 arrived with a relatively minor set of issues and Microsoft has been working hard to address them one by one since the official launch. Most recently, the Redmond firm has confirmed a problem affecting color profile management and color rendering on the new OS. A patch is already in development but it won't arrive for at least another month.

As reported by Windows Latest, the bug is preventing some image editing programs from rendering colors correctly on certain HDR displays. The problem is especially apparent with white shades, which can often display in bright yellow or other colors.

Microsoft writes that the issue occurs when certain color-rendering Win32 APIs return unexpected information or errors under specific conditions. It emphasizes that not every color profile management program is affected, and color profile options available in the Settings page of the stable Windows 11 build, including Microsoft Color Control Panel, are expected to function correctly.

Microsoft said it is working on a fix for the color issue, which affects Windows 11 version 21H2, though it’s not expected to arrive until late January.

Elsewhere, the Windows 11 KB5008215 patch that arrived on December 15 has brought user reports of several other problems, including one that sees it failing to install. There are also reports of SSD/NVMe performance issues still being found, despite the bug being present since August.

If you’ve made the jump to Windows 11 but are missing some of Windows 10’s distinctive elements, check out this feature on how to make Windows 11 look and feel more like its predecessor.

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captaincranky

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Ah, no problem. Just subscribe to Photoshop, and turn over color management to Adobe. I mean, that's if you absolutely, positively, have to have the Windows edition after the last Windows edition ever, Windows 10
 
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Dimitriid

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For anyone working with audio/visual workloads (As in seriously working so not counting amateurs doing a bit of youtube or game streamers, full offense intended) Windows 11 seems to be a great argument for migrating over to Apple and giving the M1 Pro a chance.
 

captaincranky

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For anyone working with audio/visual workloads (As in seriously working so not counting amateurs doing a bit of youtube or game streamers, full offense intended) Windows 11 seems to be a great argument for migrating over to Apple and giving the M1 Pro a chance.
Also a great excuse for Adobe porting all their stuff over to Linux. That way, nobody has to buy new machines, and at Apple's prices, no less.
 

Theinsanegamer

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For anyone working with audio/visual workloads (As in seriously working so not counting amateurs doing a bit of youtube or game streamers, full offense intended) Windows 11 seems to be a great argument for migrating over to Apple and giving the M1 Pro a chance.
Great except the M1 pro is a laptop chip, and doesnt compare to desktop workstation chips in sustained performance. And that assumes your software of choice is ARM optimized on mac OS. Most professionals are not doing heavy lifting on a 13" thin and light laptop.

Which, given apple's continued giving of the professional community the finger, is somewhat unlikely. There's a reason much of the pro community has seen a windows shift, outside of professional audio work.
 

captaincranky

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Which, given apple's continued giving of the professional community the finger, is somewhat unlikely. There's a reason much of the pro community has seen a windows shift, outside of professional audio work.
Apple was very popular with imaging pros way back in the 90's, because of their better color management. That pretty much ended with XP. Now it would seem these a**holes in Redmond, have taken, "one small step backward for Windows, but one giant leap toward the toilet for M$".
 
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captaincranky

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If you’ve made the jump to Windows 11 but are missing some of Windows 10’s distinctive elements, check out this feature on how to make Windows 11 look and feel more like its predecessor.
What is it that most of we jaded adults say? "Same sh!t, different day".

The last time around, somebody was peddling software to make Win 7 look like Win 10.
Consider me "the blackjack dealer of Windows versions". I'm obliged to stand on a "7" showing..
 
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Theinsanegamer

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Apple was very popular with imaging pros way back in the 90's, because of their better color management. That pretty much ended with XP. Now it would seem these a**holes in Redmond, have taken, "one small step backward for Windows, but one giant toward the toilet for M$".
Apple maintained a good working relationship with both video and picture production through the 00s. Once jobs died and ives took over, the company began a slow march towards being trend starbucks computers and moved away from the dependable software and hardware that had endeared them.

Even then, the liks of the macbook retina were still very popular, it wasnt until 2015-2016 that the exodus really began when multiple software hangups were never fixed, and windows software caught up (with more powerful hardware being made available, see also the atrocity that was the tashcan mac pro). Audio has never moved since microsoft shat up audio with vista and never fixed it.
 

captaincranky

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, see also the atrocity that was the tashcan mac pro).
Nuh-uh, I think they could have sold a zillion of those, if they had only taken the time to put a gold plated flush lever on it. Maybe with a cute half bitten apple engraved into it. :poop:
 
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captaincranky

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Compared to what? Looks more like the opposite, it arrived with the most issues of any OS
Read the whole article. Windows 11 (supposedly), did arrive with "relatively few issues". They've apparently tweaked it to make it run worse.
 
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Thretosix

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Read the whole article. Windows 11 (supposedly), did arrive with "relatively few issues". They've apparently tweaked it make it run worse.
Everyday there is a new article reminding me why I'm avoiding this downgrade. At this rate Windows 11 won't be ready until 2030, 5 years after Windows 10 support ends.
 

axiomatic13

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If you have an NVidia GPU you can fix this rather quickly by going into the NVidia Control Panel app / change resolution / use NVidia color settings / and then change the output color depth to something else, then back to default. That seems to get things back to sRGB.
 

Nobina

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If you have an NVidia GPU you can fix this rather quickly by going into the NVidia Control Panel app / change resolution / use NVidia color settings / and then change the output color depth to something else, then back to default. That seems to get things back to sRGB.
I remember using this and it was terrible because it would reset randomly and I would have to apply it every boot or so.
 

axiomatic13

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I remember using this and it was terrible because it would reset randomly and I would have to apply it every boot or so.
I have multiple PC's and laptops. This only happens to me when I have an HDR monitor attached. My theory is that when an app that can use HDR starts you switch from sRGB to rec 2020 and on the switch back to sRGB Windows gets confused on the return and will leave 10 bit on while going back to sRGB.