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!


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