How to solve Microsoft Vista and custom ICC profile issue


Image by Thomas Hawk

Ever since I switched to Microsoft Windows Vista from Windows XP I have been running into problems with my custom monitor profile. No matter what I did Windows Vista was switching back to the default profile every time UAC was invoked.

The obvious way to solve this problem is by disabling UAC. To do so

  1. Run msconfig
  2. Switch to the “Tools” tab
  3. Scroll down and select “Disable UAC”
  4. Click Launch and restart your computer


However yesterday I was faced with a client that needed to have UAC enabled, to comply with his company policies, and was suffering from the same problem. So I found out that the “real” problem was not UAC but the fact that the screen was turning off and back on. This can easily be solved by modifying the computer’s local policy ! Here is how to do it

  1. Run gpedit.msc (doesn’t work on vista home edition)
  2. Browse to Computer configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options
  3. Find the policy called “User Account Control:Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation”
  4. Double click on it and set it to “Disabled”

Changing this policy will disable the blank out that happens before the regular UAC prompt and Windows Vista will not reset to the default profile losing the custom ICC profile you configured.

What I wasn’t able to fix yet is how to fix that problem after restoring from hibernate or sleep so if you know how to do it drop me a line.

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