Lightroom: Color shift between Library and Develop modules

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There is a slight shift in color balance when viewing a photo in the Library module and when the same photo (with no changes) is displayed in the Develop module. I first noticed this after upgrading from the CC version of LR 6.1 to CC2015.3 (I skipped the 6.2 version). I just upgraded to 2015.4 and the issue is still present.
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Particularly noticeable with really saturated colors (e.g. red)? If so, that's just because there's a change of color space. The color space in Develop is much wider than the Adobe RGB used for the previews in Library module.
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Not particularly. There is a very noticeable yellow shift (warmer temp?) on all photos when moving from Develop to Library. When the photo is exported, it matches the photo as displayed in develop so that is good but I can't just look at the Library module anymore to see an accurate rendering.

I also upgraded to Windows 10 (my hard drive crashed and had to be rebuilt) between the time the modules matched and when I began noticing the issue but it doesn't make sense that would cause the issue within LR. Otherwise, all hardware is the same.
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Have you recalibrated your monitor since your OS upgrade? And have you checked the graphics card manufacturer's website for an up to date driver?
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Thanks for your responses!

I hadn't thought of this and I haven't recalibrated the monitor (and, to be honest, I never calibrated it before -- not entirely sure how -- I'll look that up tonight and try it). As for the drivers, the service that rebuilt the system, said they loaded all the latest drivers (but who knows what they really did...). I'll also check that tonight.

I guess it makes sense that if there is a color space difference between Library and Develop, that it could be some hardware/driver issue that was set one way before and is not set quite right now.

Thanks again!
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Are you on Windows 10?
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Yes, Windows 10.
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Upgrading to Windows 10 often causes a display profile to be installed that is incompatible with LR, causing noticeable differences between Develop and Library. To quickly troubleshoot this, see Victoria's article: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/article...

Then think about investing in a calibrator to calibrate your display.
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Thank you very much... that sounds like what I need!
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Awesome, that did the trick!! Thank you John and Victoria!!!