Windows 7: Calibrate your display

In part one of our overview of Windows 7, we looked into Federated Search. In part two, we looked into the improvements in UAC. In part three, we look into the new Display Color Calibration tool included in Windows 7.

Windows 7 includes the option to calibrate your display. Calibrating your display ensures that the colors are displayed correctly on your monitor. You can control factors such as gamma, adjust brightness and contrast and color balance. The wizard is very simple to use and each step has detailed instructions and steps to achieve correct color representation.

You can access the Display Color Calibration(DCC) tool from the Control Panel:

Below are some of the wizard screenshots:

Notice in the above screenshot that you can compare your current calibration settings with your previous calibration settings.

The Display Color Calibration tool is a treat to photo/video editing users as they can easily adjust the screen's color appearance. But still it is sometimes necessary to tweak your display settings using your graphic card vendor's control panel. In future, graphic card vendors can make use of the DCC tool to calibrate the display.

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That's supposed to be the color calibration? When I read the title I was excited but that's just weak. What Windows needs is a similar color calibration found on OSX where you can adjust the colors as well.

well in osx apple knows exactly what kind of video card they have. So you should compare the calibration in video card drivers (which have color options) with osx calibration

neoraptor said,
well in osx apple knows exactly what kind of video card they have. So you should compare the calibration in video card drivers (which have color options) with osx calibration

and the blame goes round and round, politics and excuses.

neoraptor said,
well in osx apple knows exactly what kind of video card they have. So you should compare the calibration in video card drivers (which have color options) with osx calibration

Microsoft certifies the drivers in Windows, just as Apple certifies the drivers in OS X, therefore Microsoft knows just as much about the video cards used in Windows as Apple knows about those used in OS X.

offroadaaron said,
and the blame goes round and round, politics and excuses.

It isn't a blame game. It is stating a fact. Apple officially supports a limited selection of video cards. With Windows you have the primary manufacturers and then many many generic manufacturers with their own custom drivers, software and hardware changes.

roadwarrior said,
Microsoft certifies the drivers in Windows, just as Apple certifies the drivers in OS X, therefore Microsoft knows just as much about the video cards used in Windows as Apple knows about those used in OS X.

Microsoft certifies SOME of the drivers for Windows. Last I checked you can install non-certified drivers. Personally I'd prefer to leave color correction up to the hardware (monitor) and the individual manufacturer's software to ensure everything is done accurately.

It is also worth noting that the integrated color correction in OSX isn't perfect. I'd recommend SuperCal on OSX or ideally an external hardware measuring device if you want accurate calibration.

On my Flatron screen the default colour settings are 6400k and it does not matter how it's setup I just can't see icons in explorer very well, the edges fade into the background. Mabye there should be some infomation for users about colour temp? The brightness and contrast configs are too subjective, they should replace those tests with when these two shades of black merge.

This is a great new feature I'm excited about. This should have been a part of Windows years ago. I can't tell you how many times I've looked for a decent freeware application to calibrate my monitor, only to end up on sites singing Adobe's calibration tool praise and glory.

MarkusDarkus said,
Look. It's the same guy from the MCE display calibration video.

Yep, Microsoft took that to Control Panel in Win 7