The Nvidia color settings may reset while playing a game in full screen. The resolution to such a problem is to change a setting.

Display > Change resolution > Output dynamic range.

Set this value to “Full“. In most cases it will fix the “shaddy” look on your monitor. This will also make sure that the color settings “stick” when you make any display or resolution change in the game.

This generally does not make a difference for VGA display with low resolutions. But if you are using an UHD or HDMI TV kind of devices, this is going to make a change.

When you set the “Full” range and click on Apply, ‘Full Range RGB 0-255’ signal comes into force.

Solve Nvidia Color Settings Reset Problem

Many of the HDMI color problems with NVIDA and AMD graphic cards can be solved by following any of these solutions –

  • By creating a custom resolution of an HD device, on the same page, you can make sure that the ‘Full Range RGB 0-255’ signal over HDMI can be ensured.
  • If the “scrubbed” image look appears while playing game, you can “adjust desktop color settings” under Display. Just make sure the digital color format is set to YCbCr444, instead of RGB.
  • A small utility called ‘Nvidia Full/Limited Range Toggler’  exists, which can implement the “Full” signal successfully. You just have to click the ‘Set Full Range (0-255)’ button.
  • For an AMD graphic unit, you can use a DVI to HDMI cable, which will solve the pixel format problem.

Windows default color system profile is maintained even in Windows 10 computer. If you don’t have a video graphics card, this profile activates on boot up.

An ICC color profile which is given by the International Color Consortium, is a set of data that characterizes a color input or output device.

So a profile essentially a mapping from a color space to the PCS (Profile Connection Space) and from the PCS to the color space.

Adjust desktop color settings Nvidia

The following settings in the NVIDIA Control Panel also will fix the color problems.

  • 3D Settings > Adjust image settings with preview . Check the option – Use my preference emphasizing: Quality
  • Display > Adjust desktop color settings : Use NVIDIA settings.
  1. Brightness : 40 to 60
  2. Contrast : 40 to 50
  3. Gamma : 1.1 to 1.15
  4. Digital vibrance : 50
  • Video > Adjust video color settings : Advanced
  1. Dynamic Range : Full (0-255)
  2. Dynamic contrast enhancement : On (Tick)
  3. Color enhancement : On (Tick)
  • Video > Adjust video image settings 
  1. Edge enhancement: 7 to 10 (NVIDIA setting)
  2. Noise reduction : 10 to 12 (NVIDIA setting)

Generally the above settings should make a game “gambler” ecstatic with his Nvidia control panel color settings.

If you follow the first fix, there should be no reason for Nvidia color settings keep resetting after making any change in the game settings.

But each BIG player has his own notion of color settings.

He can contact other players with similar monitor or hardware configuration and apply those environmental changes.

Typical Nvidia Color Settings for Gamers

Set Nvidia Color Caliberation – Fix Reset Problem

In the Control Panel we have an item called Color Management. Under this we have 3 tabs.

1. Devices
2. All Profiles
3. Advanced.


In the Devices tab, your display device (monitor) is associated with the graphics card you are using like (NVIDIA GeForce 210). The color profile associate with the device is also displayed here. You can add other profiles here and make them as default.

You can also install different color profiles on your Windows 10 computer. Some of which come by default. Some are display and some printer profiles.

The Advanced settings are difficult to understand.

Games Changing Color Profile

Generally these color profiles are of significance to gamers. When you use different Windows games, it uses the graphics card color profile like Nvidia.

But the user experience gets a backseat if it resorts to the default Windows color profile.

Also you may have multiple monitors for which you want to control each color profile using NVIDIA control panel.

For one you would like to have default color and other another profile. This can be achieved using the graphic’s card control panel in Windows 10.

So we must make sure that the Nvidia color profile doesn’t change even after a boot up.

Also during running of the game, it can change the default profile.

To avoid all these hiccups, we should stop the default “Calibration Loader Task” which initializes the Windows Color System at user logon.

Disable Calibration Loader Windows 10 – Stop reset Nvidia Color Settings

1. Open Task Scheduler by pressing the Windows button and typing it.
2. Then navigate to the following task.
3. Task Scheduler Library\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsColorSystem\Calibration Loader
4. On the right-hand side, you can see the “Disable” item.
5. Disable the task as shown in image.
6. Now your Nvidia color profile loads when you reboot.

After the above task has been disabled, you can set the Nvidia default color settigs as below.

Nvidia Control Panel Color Settings

The following changes can be controlled.
1. 3D Settings
2. Display
3. Stereoscopic 3D
4. Video

Under the first category you can adjust the following.
1a. Adjust Image Settings with preview
1b. Manage 3D Settings.
1c. Set PhysX Configuration

Under Display, you can make changes like
2a. Change resolution
2b. Adjust desktop color settings
2c. Rotate Display
2d. Set up digital audio
2e. Adjust desktop size and position
2f. Set up multiple displays


Further you can adjust video settings like
4a. Adjust video color settings
4b. Adjust video image settings.

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  1. This “fix” does not solve the issues with the PC still reseting the profile back to windows own when playing games in fullscreen. I have browsed the web for solutions, this solution was also provided on another thread with some extra steps. None worked, games still use windows default greyed out profile.

  2. Razvan Popescu says:

    i have no clue if this works, but the post is very busy.
    can you write concise solutions?

    1. Palla Sridhar says:

      @Razvan. Thanks for the comment. The fix to nvidia color settings reset problem was mentioned in the first para. Also you can disable a particular task mentioned in the article. You can try these two solutions to fix the issue.

      1. Razvan Popescu says:

        thanks for follow up. i did, i probably tried 20 things. im a tester by profession