Windows 11 bug breaks color rendering when using some photo editors

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  • The Redmond tech company warns its users about another pesky bug.
  • Some people may experience color rendering failures on Windows 11.
  • This bug is only triggered when utilizing some photo editing software.
  • Also worth mentioning is that the problem affects certain HDR displays.
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We’re not sure if you heard of this yet, but Microsoft issued a notice related to a newly discovered color bug on its latest operating system.

According to the official Windows 11 known issues section, the problem seems to occur on certain HDR displays when using some image editing software.

This annoying problem seems to have its roots in some incompatibilities with color rendering Win32 APIs under specific conditions.

This bug affects certain HDR displays

Excited to try the latest Windows experience? Well, know that after installing Windows 11, some image editing programs might not render colors correctly on certain HDR displays.

This is frequently observed with white colors, which could display in bright yellow or other colors. This is pretty much the short version of the bug that drives Windows 11 users crazy right now.

This issue occurs when certain color-rendering Win32 APIs return unexpected information or errors under specific conditions. Not all color profile management programs are affected, and color profile options available in the Windows 11 Settings page, including Microsoft Color Control Panel, are expected to function correctly.

However, not every color profile management program is affected by the bug, as confirmed by the Redmond tech giant.

Furthermore, Microsoft isn’t exactly sure where exactly the problem had its start as it has left the Originating update column blank.

Or maybe it could be that the bug was present from the beginning and is only now starting to be reported on, although we highly doubt it.

Not all color profile management programs are affected, and color profile options available in the Windows 11 Settings page, including Microsoft Color Control Panel, are expected to function correctly.

If you are a Windows 11 user affected by this issue, then you’ll have to wait a while for a fix. Microsoft says that a resolution is coming in late January as it is currently investigating the issue.

But, surely a future release of the OS, which is expected to launch in late January, will resolve issues with HDR or image editing apps.

Also, if you’re a member of the Insider Program then you’ll have access to the fix sooner in newer builds.

As for the reports on Feedback Hub, the monitor color rendering bug appears to be completely fixed when running these preview builds.

Have you also encountered this problem while using Windows 11? Let us know in the comments section below.

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