Windows 7 has a built in monitor calibration program called the “Color Management”. This program can be run or invoked in several ways and is VERY easy to use as long as you can read and look at pictures. 😉 Here are the four ways I know how to open “Color Management. I’ve listed them from the easiest to hardest IMO.
- START ORB – SEARCH LINE – Color Management
- Control Panel – All Items View – Color Management
- START ORB – SEARCH LINE – dccw and then hit Enter
- File is located: “C:\Windows\System32\dccw.exe”
Color management allows you to import and create new ICC profiles for your monitor VERY easily. To run the “Calibrate Display” wizard click the advance tab and hit the big “Calibrate display” button.
One thing to note: if you are running more then one monitor on your system it is important you are running the calibration test window on the screen you want to configure. While this might seem logical I have seen people “configure” both monitors from the same screen. They obviously #failed and I hope I can help them.
If your monitor company gives you and ICC monitor profile file save the file to your desktop. Right click the file and select “Install Profile”.
Back in the “Color Management” tool:
- Click on the device’s tab
- Put a check in the box “Use my settings for this device”
- Click “Add” and then file the ICC profile you installed from the step before.
- Hit Close.
Hope this helps with your monitor calibration. If you need more accurate calibration for things like photoediting you should look at devices like the Spyder 3 Pro.