In this article we will see how to install ICM profile of our monitor in Windows 10. If you have just bought a monitor and the colors do not have the quality you expected, surely you have been disappointed.
But we don’t have to worry because there is a way to recover the true colors thanks to the ICM profiles, and in Windows it is quite simple.
What is the ICM profile or ICC profile?
The first thing we need to know is what an ICC profile is and what use it has for us and our unbalanced monitor.
An ICC (International Color Consortium) profile or also found as an ICM (Image Color Matching) profile, is a file that contains all the parameters necessary to create a color profile of our monitor.
With it, the monitor will take the color values optimized for the particular monitor model that we have because it is assumed that this file will have the perfect color balance of the monitor. These files can come in extension “.ICC” or “.ICM”.
But how do you get the perfect color values on a monitor? Well, for that we’d need a colorimeter to calibrate our monitor.
These teams are responsible for capturing the colors and current settings of the monitor and compare them with a table of actual colors that the team has.
In this way the colorimeter creates an ICC profile with the most accurate and natural values that your monitor is able to give in terms of colors.
The problem here is that a decent colorimeter is a fairly expensive item (over 150 euros), and it doesn’t make much sense for a normal user who isn’t a designer.
Precisely for that reason what we would be better off is to look for an ICC or ICM profile on the internet from the manufacturer or from a user who has calibrated his monitor, and download it for direct use by us.
To search for an ICC profile on the Web, a good page where there are plenty of ICC profiles, is in TFT Central you can search to see if yours is there.
The ICM profile is independent of the operating system we have installed, since it belongs to the monitor’s own controller and it will be only he who “understands” its color profile.
Install ICM profile in Windows 10
The good thing is that from Windows 10, it is quite easy to install a color profile, since the system has an application or, better said, some screen configuration options to do this, and its name is the Color Manager. We can access the color manager in two different ways:
The first one is to open the start menu and write directly “Color Manager“.
The second one is from the screen options, so for it we are going to press with right button on the desktop and to choose “Screen configuration“.
In the screen section, let’s go to the end of everything and click on the option “Advanced screen configuration“. Next we will enter a new window where we will have to click on “Show the properties of screen adapter 1“.
Next, a new window will appear with three tabs, we will have to click on “Color Administrator” and then click on the only link available in its section. Finally we will have managed to access the Color Manager.
Load ICM profile in Color Manager
From now on we will work with this window. We must click on the “Device” drop-down list and select our monitor, which will be referred to as “Screen <number>: Generic PnP Monitor <our graphics card> “.
Next, activate the option “Use my settings for this device“. Then we can hit “Add…” to search for our downloaded ICC or ICM file.
If the file is not in the list that appears to us, we will have to click on “Examine…” and look for it directly in the directory where we have it stored.
Now it will be loaded in our ICM profiles list, so we only have to select it and click on “OK”. We already have our own profile loaded, then when we return to the previous window, select it and click on the button “Set as default profile“.
We still have one last configuration left, and it’s in the “Advanced Options” selection. We go there and click on “Change system default values…”. We’ll do exactly the same thing we did before, loading the profile to make it default.
Color changes may not take effect immediately, so it’s time to restart your computer. When it starts again, we will appreciate a different scale of colors in our monitor that could be more or less different from the previous one depending on how we had configured it.
Where are color profiles stored in Windows 10?
If what we want is to directly store the ICM file in the directory of the monitor driver we will have to know where it is located. The route where they’re stored is:
This is the natural directory where our monitor profiles are stored. If we place the file here, the Color Manager will automatically load them into the selection list.
Final result and reverse the changes
The end result should always be better than the one we have today, as ICM files are supposed to have a perfectly calibrated color profile using professional colorimeters.
It is important to know that not because of this, the colors will be “real”, as this will depend on each monitor and its performance, but we should notice much greater fidelity. These profiles do not modify contrast or brightness, we must do this ourselves from the OSD panel of our monitor.
If we’re not happy with the result, we can look for another color profile on another website or go to the Color Manager and uncheck the “Use my settings for this device” box.
This is how we can install ICM monitor profile in Windows 10, as you can see, is something simple and fast. You may also be interested in these related articles.
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