How to fix Nvidia color banding issues on Windows 10 PCs

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Several weeks ago, many users started experiencing color banding issues once they installed the Windows 10 May 2019 Update on their PCs.

As reported, tones were being displayed incorrectly regardless of the monitor settings or graphics settings, so users concluded that the only possible explanation would be an issue with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

This claim is further backed by the fact that some users found that a clean reinstall of the OS, but only up to the 1809 update, solved the issue.

Regardless of the case, after weeks of testing, a more long-lasting solution has been found that seems to prevent this problem from happening any longer. And still allows you to have the Windows 10 May 2019 Update installed.

Users concluded that:

A calibration loader task is run right after startup / sign in to the desktop causing the image to become worse with color banding.

So, how can I fix this problem for good, you may ask?

Steps to fix NVIDIA color banding issues

1. Disable all ICC profiles

You can do this by:

  1. Pressing Start
  2. Open Control Panel
  3. Type “Color management” and click on the first result
  4. In the newly opened window, enter the Device tab
  5. Select the desired monitor from there
  6. Check the Use my settings box
  7. Click the Remove button.

This is why gamers should not download Windows 10 May Update on their PCs.


2. Tweak Calibration Loader settings

You can do this by:

  1. Pressing Start
  2. Open Control Panel
  3. Type “Task Scheduler” and click on the first result
  4. In the newly opened window, enter the Task Scheduler Library sub-menu
  5. Select Microsoft
  6. Click on Windowstask scheduler windows
  7. Enter WindowsColorSystem.
  8. Within that folder, there is a Calibration Loader task.windows color system settings task scheduler
  9. Right click on the folder
  10. Select Properties
  11. Select the Settings tab on the top
  12. Uncheck/Disable the “Allow task to be run on demand”
  13. Then right click on the task again and Disable it.
  14. Perform a system reboot

Following these steps may solve any color banding issues on Nvidia graphics cards caused by the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

If you know any other way of bypassing this issue, do not hesitate to share with the rest of the community in the Comment section below.

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