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Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows 10 Insider build that makes some changes to color management on the platform. Specifically, the company is expanding color management support for apps that have issued with HDR.

In a blog post, Microsoft explains that HDR mode has a negative effect on creative apps and this update gives users more options:

“HDR mode changes the behavior of some creative and artistic apps that use International Color Consortium (ICC) display color profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom Classic, and CorelDraw (amongst others),” Microsoft notes. “In the past, these apps were limited to targeting the sRGB color gamut.”

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This update is rolling out as part of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21382, which is now available on the Dev Channel. That means we don’t know which Windows version this update will come to. The Dev channel handles all previews, so this could be for the May 2021 Update or the upcoming version 21H2 (Sun Valley).

Microsoft says users can access this ability to choose which color management tool apps use on Windows. Doing so is a little complicated and involved right-clicking and heading to application properties and the “Compatibility” tab. In the Settings section of the tab, there is a new option labelled “Use legacy display ICC color management”.

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More Changes

Elsewhere in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21382, Microsoft has made the following changes:

  • As some Insiders have noticed, Device Manager now has the ability to view drivers alongside of devices. The new driver focused “Devices by drivers”, “Drivers by type”, and “Drivers by devices” views enable users to view, install, and remove drivers, while the new “Add drivers” action enables users to add and install new drivers across all applicable devices. Managing drivers directly is more intuitive in many situations than working with them by way of the devices they are installed on, so we hope that developers and power users alike will enjoy the added flexibility. This change was added in Build 21343.
  • The Start menu will launch to help people get to the apps they want quickly after a clean install or upgrade is finished.
  • We’ve updated the new generic folder icon in File Explorer so it will now show an indication when the folder has contents.
  • We’ve updated the touch keyboard to use the Segoe UI Variable font and made some small adjustments to the icons.”

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