Top 6 Ways To Fix Washed Out Colors After Windows 11 Update


Although Microsoft frequently releases Windows updates to add new features and fix bugs, some updates can disrupt your workflow and experience if you’re not ready. For example, users have complained about washed out colors after installing Windows 11 update.

Washed out colors can interrupt workflow, especially for those creating content on the desktop. People who use graphics and image editing applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom or any other video editing application will need a nifty color profile for consistent output across all devices. Before resetting Windows and starting from scratch, you can follow the tips below to fix washed out desktop colors.

1. Download additional updates

You can download optional updates to your computer to resolve these issues. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I shortcut to open Windows 11 Settings menu.

2nd step: Select Windows Update from the left sidebar and click “Advanced Options” in the right pane.

Step 3: Select “Optional Updates”.

Step 4: You can download feature, quality, and driver updates from the following menu.

Microsoft usually ignores them with the main update. You can only install additional updates when something breaks down or doesn’t work as expected (faded color issue) after a big Windows update.

2. Adjust color calibration

It’s rare that people often change the color calibration of your computer or monitor. Some users never do. However, you will need to use the built-in color calibration tool to fix washed out colors on Windows. Moreover, you can choose between predefined profiles or create a custom one.

Step 1: Press the Windows key, type calibrate display colorand press Enter.

2nd step: Click the Next button.

Step 3: Follow the on-screen instructions and use the slider to adjust the gamma.

Step 4: Adjust brightness and contrast and complete the process.

Windows will revert to the previous calibration when you restart the PC. You need to set your default calibrated display.

Step 1: Press the Windows key, type color managementand press Enter to open the application.

2nd step: Select your calibrated display profile and select the “Set as default profile” button in the lower right corner.

3. Update display adapter drivers

Outdated display adapter drivers cause washed out colors on your PC. You need to download the latest display drivers from the web and install them using the Device Manager menu. Here’s how.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I key to open the Windows 11 Settings menu and click System in the left column. Then click View on the right side.

2nd step: Next, select View and open the Advanced View menu.

Step 3: Note the display adapter details in the next menu.

For computers with AMD graphics, go to the AMD Drivers & Support website and download the latest drivers for your compatible model. You can also download and install NVIDIA Geforce graphics drivers without the GeForce Experience.

You can also have Windows 11 fetch and update the best graphics driver for your computer. Here’s how.

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows key and open Device Manager.

2nd step: Expand Display Adapters.

Step 3: Right-click on the display graphics and select Update Driver from the context menu.

Step 4: Select “Search automatically for drivers”. Windows will search your computer for the best available driver and install it on your device.

Restart your PC and check if the colors look natural or washed out. AMD also offers dedicated software to automatically detect and install driver updates for AMD Radeon and Ryzen series processors. You can download the software from the same website mentioned above.

4. Reinstall display drivers

A corrupt or broken display driver can leave you with washed out colors in Windows. This can happen if you haven’t updated your graphics driver for a while. That’s why it’s a good idea to reinstall display drivers if display colors look washed out.

Step 1: Open the Device Manager menu in Windows (refer to the steps above).

2nd step: Expand Display Adapters and right-click Display Graphics.

Step 3: Select “Uninstall device” and confirm your decision.

Your display may look unusual with the wrong resolution and colors. You need to restart your computer now. Your PC will download the required display adapter drivers during the reboot process.

5. Disable HDR

Is your desktop display HDR compatible? Otherwise, you need to disable the default HDR mode in Windows 11. Forcing Windows 11 HDR settings on a standard monitor can result in washed out colors.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I shortcut to launch Windows 11 Settings menu. Click System in the left column and select Display in the right pane.

2nd step: Select Display and turn off the toggle for Use HDR.

Want to check whether your monitor or laptop supports HDR or not? Here’s a quick way to check that.

Step 1: Open the Advanced View menu in Windows Settings (refer to the steps above).

2nd step: Check your display’s HDR certification in the “Display Info” menu.

6. Adjust monitor settings

You can manually adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. of your monitor according to your preferences. Most monitors come with physical buttons to change display settings. Some monitors like Samsung’s M-series come with a physical remote to make such changes.

Work with correct color profile on Windows 11

Working with washed out colors in Windows 11 can lead to major inconvenience. Your edited images, videos or flyers will look completely different on your client’s device. What trick helped you fix the faded color problem? Share your findings in the comments below.


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