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How To Fix Dark Or Bright Screen After Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Users who upgraded to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update began to see some serious color distortion on their screens. The colors looked as though a high contrast theme had been applied. It seems a distorted display wasn’t the only screen issue to surface after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Some users are also seeing a dark or bright screen after the update. This has nothing to do with the screen’s own brightness. Users who have a built-in display or an external display are unable to fix the problem by changing the brightness via the built-in screen brightness tools.

Fix Dark Or Bright Screen

The dark or bright screen problem looks like it’s a very bright or very dark screen but it isn’t. Increasing or decreasing the brightness to balance it doesn’t fix the colors. This is a gamma and saturation issue. Both gamma and saturation are color controls that displays have. Some will have a gamma control, some will have a hue/saturation control, and some might have both. There are two ways to fix this problem and any one, or both could work.

Graphics Card Control Panel

Check your graphics card control panel. If you have a dedicated GPU, you will need to look for the graphics control for the on-board graphics card. You should be able to access it from the context menu on the desktop. Right-click anywhere and select ‘Intel Graphics Settings’. Your on-board graphics card might be an Nvidia card and if it is, you need to access the Nvidia control panel.

In the settings window, go to the Display section and look for an option to reset everything to default. Don’t try to manually fix the saturation or gamma. It won’t work. Reset everything to its default value, and restart your system for good measure.

Calibrate Display

Open the Settings app and go to the System group of settings. Select the Display tab, scroll down, and click display adapter properties. In the window that opens, go to the Color Management tab. Click ‘Color Management’.

On the Color Management screen that opens, go to the Advanced tab. Click Calibrate display and follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate your display. This should fix the problem if the previous solution didn’t do the trick for you.

If all else fails, you can reset the color profile for your display. You should also disable any UI modifier apps that you have installed. If all else fails, consider a clean install of Windows 10, or have your graphics card checked on the off chance that it has been damaged.

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  • Adim Lutfi

    thanks it help alot

  • Jesse Angelo

    It helped but NEVER should have happened in the first place. This update is the WORST! Some of us use our computers for actual professions and aren’t just screwing around. Your update causes problems with my current software which costs me more money than your stupid OS costs. I want to update when I see fit not when the Microsoft monopoly makes me, It’s MY computer after all. You are nothing more than glorified cyber bullies and I hate you.

    • ReturnoftheBrotha .

      I liked the time when we could choose our updates or leave them alone. Darkening the screen pissed me off as I had it set right! I did not try the suggestions, but I will. I am not expecting it to work as it seems like a Windows thing and possibly an HDR related thing.