How To Fix Windows Photo Viewer Displaying Yellow Or Orange Tint For White and Transparent Images


Recently, my work machine displays any image in Windows Photo Viewer with extra yellow or orange tint. It’s not over saturating or color imbalance.  It replaces any white or transparent color into those ugly yellow or orange tint color. Initially, I thought it might be due to some out dated graphic driver, or my monitor settings problem. But I soon realize this is not because of my video card nor display driver out dated nor my physical monitor. The problem is a Windows Photo Viewer specific issue. You can determine that by switching to a different photo viewer, and you will see your photo are displaying correctly.


So Why Windows Photo Viewer is Displaying any white or transparent color into yellow and orange ?

Apparently, this is due to an incorrect color management display profile. Here is a fix if you ever encounter such issue.


Go to Control Panel > Color Management


Within the Color Management, pick the corresponding display (if you have more than one display). Enable check “Use my settings for this device”, then go to “Add…


Select “sRGB IEC61966-2.1” click OK


Now make sure you set the new ICC Profiles “sRGB IEC61966-2.1” to default, by clicking “Set as Default Profile


Now if you go back and view the image again woha ! You now have a clear image displays all the color correctly.

Hope that helps if you ever need to change and fix the display. Sometimes the problem is not where you think might be at.



  1. Thank you very much for the great advice!! I was in the middle of editing photos for a deadline when I noticed the yellow tint (started using a 2nd monitor)… got super confused and thought have to redo all my work, but this article saved my life!

  2. Also very thankful to you Jonathan. It was really a strange problem I was not understanding its reason.

    I appreciate Windows Photo Viewer as a very handful quick image viewer, and not wanting to change it, because: I browse often through huge folders in my PC, filled with images, and often, after spoting an image, I want to open it in full window, without waiting for a big program to initialize. And besides, I want to be able to move along the adjacent images in full screen back and forth really quick, as to compare small changes between them.

    But precisely after retouching several images, and wanting to compare the mood differences, I got strucked, and also scared about having lost my time in those “ugly” change colors. Until I reopend the images in the other sofware I worked them in detail (GIMP) and saw everything was right as artistically intended. Also Windows Paint showed them correctly (the one did’nt fit my need to move along adjacent images in full screen), just but Windows Photo Viewer was wrong.

    Nice to have applied this solution. IT WORKED INSTANTLY !

  3. Thank you so much! I’ve been putting up with this for years, and using 2 different photo viewers as I prefer the way the Windows one works, just the colours were slightly off! Now, thanks to you the colours are just right 🙂


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here