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Windows 10 Color Calibration Keeps Resetting (FIXED)

The way colors look on a monitor has to do with the hardware but also with the color profile and the color settings on the device. A monitor’s color profile can be changed but you only have pre-configured profiles that you can download and install. A more flexible way to change how everything looks is to change the contrast, saturation, and brightness.

Setting colors i.e., the brightness, saturation, and contrast isn’t always easy which is why you can use color calibration tools to do the heavy lifting for you. Windows 10 has a color calibration tool built-into it and it can fix how colors look.

Windows 10 color calibration

Windows 10 Color Calibration Keeps Resetting?

The color calibration tool will fix whatever changes you’ve made to the color settings on your monitor/screen. That said, sometimes the changes made by the tool don’t stick and the display reverts back to its pre-calibration state. Here’s how you can fix it.

Windows 10 Color Calibration Keeps Resetting?

Windows 10 Color Calibration (FULL FIX)

1. Reinstall graphics driver in compatibility mode

If your system is old, the generic display drivers that Windows 10 installs may not be right for it. It can cause the color profile to reset repeatedly.

  1. Download the graphics driver for your system. 
  2. Right-click the file and select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Enable the ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ option.
  5. Open the dropdown and select Windows 7.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Run the file and install the driver.

2. Turn of third-party apps

Windows 10 can be modified with third-party apps. Modifications range from simple modifications of icons to installing entirely different themes. These apps can modify quite a few things but they can also interfere with display settings. 

If you have third-party apps installed that drastically modify the OS, disable or remove them.

If you have Nightlight enabled, turn it off.

  1. Open the Settings app (WIn+I keyboard shortcut).
  2. Go to System>Display.
  3. Turn the Nightlight switch off.

If you have the F.lux app installed, disable or uninstall it. Calibrate the colors again.

3. Update or rollback graphics driver

A driver update may have caused the color calibration to reset or it may be an outdated driver. Both can cause problems with a display.

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Expand Display Adapters.
  3. Right-click your on-board graphics and select the Properties option.
  4. Go to the Driver tab.
  5. Click the Roll Back Driver button.
  6. Restart the system.
  7. Alternatively, if rolling back doesn’t work or the option isn’t available, select the Update driver option.
  8. Search online for driver updates and install them.
  9. Restart the system.
  10. Calibrate the display.

4. Disable Calibration scheduled task

Windows 10 has a scheduled task that resets the color calibration. You should disable it and your calibration will stop resetting.

  1. Open Task Scheduler.
  2. Expand Microsoft\Windows\WindowsColorSystem from the side panel
  3. Double-click the Calibration Loader Properties task.
  4. Go to the Triggers tab.
  5. Double-click the At log on trigger.
  6. Uncheck the Enabled box and click OK.
  7. Double-click the On Connection to user session trigger. 
  8. Uncheck the Enabled box and click OK.
  9. Restart the system.
  10. Calibrate the display again.


Problems with color calibration are normally caused by third-party apps. If you have apps that change the color profile, they may be to blame. If you have apps that run in a lower resolution (think older games), they may be resetting the color profile. If the problem occurs only when you open a particular app, it is likely to blame. 

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