Color Tone/Hue of Images in Lightroom has Changed after Windows 10 Upgrade

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I just installed the Windows 10 upgrade. Everything went very smoothly with one exception - the color balance/tone/hue of my images in Lightroom 2015 has changed has taken on a saturated orange tint. The white balance of the same images on my web site are correct so the color calibration of my monitor is still accurate, and the same images that I've exported out of Lightroom and view in a separate app are also correct. For some reason, the overall color tone/hue in Lightroom and Lightroom alone has changed. Any ideas would be welcome
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Most likely that means that Windows changed the display profile.
Your web browser most likely is not using the display profile.
Can you test Photoshop, or another application that actually uses the display profile?
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I did an entirely fresh monitor calibration last night after having tried to figure out why I was getting two different color balances - that fixed the situation and Lightroom is now consistent with everything else again. Thanks for the response.
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I have the same problem on Windows 10, updated from Windows 7. The upgrade did not preserve my monitor information and my monitor profiles were lost. I reprofiled, using a colormunki. Colors are correct in Photoshop CC2015 but have a reddish tint in Lightroom CC.

When I use the edit in photoshop feature in lightroom I made sure my photoshop color setting working space was ProPhoto RGB and I noted that Photoshop was reporting in the color settings dialog that the creative cloud applications were not synchronized for consistent color maanagement. The solution suggested was to go to Bridge and synchronize under color settings. I did this, selecting the default, North America General Purpose 2. This changed my Photoshop color settings to sRGB working space and turned off confirmation for profile mismatches. This did not solve the problem.

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A tint in LR would suggest that LR is still using the U3011.icm profile and that profile is incompatible with LR. That doesn't quite make sense if you're already reprofiled and have a new CM profile as the default. Have you restarted your computer since you reprofiled and set the CM profile as the default?

You might try setting your older ColorMunki profile as the default and see if it works any better--maybe the ColorMunki profile process doesn't work in Windows 10.

You might also try removing the U3011.icm profile from the list just so it never gets used.

As a last resort set sRGBxxxxxx as your default monitor profile--you'll need to add it from the list and include printer profiles to see it.

If that does work, then retry your ColorMunki one, and see if the problem returns, if so then maybe the ColorMunki profile doesn't work for Windows 10. You should be creating an ICCv2 Matrix profile in ColorMunki if possible.
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A couple other things to try:

Since the "tint" is more reddish, maybe it is a display WB problem D65 vs D50, and you could try reprofiling with an obviously bluer color temp like 9500K and see if things change at all in LR. That would tell you if LR is trying to use the profile and failing or if something else outside the profile is happening.

An idea of what that could be is if your video card control panel (nVidia or ATI Catalyst, etc) has a custom setting for LR and that has some color adjustments applied accidentally.
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Thanks for the help Steve. I tried all of the above to no avail. However, I was not correct in stating the files had a reddish tint. In fact, they are just more saturated, by 5-6 in the RGB 0-255 Photoshop eyedropper. For example, a neutral tone will be 105,105,105 in Photoshop and 111,111,111 in Lightroom.

I am also confident this is not a develop settings issue in lightroom as I have checked every setting and made sure not to have any develop presets run on import. When opening in photoshop from lightroom, lightroom is doing the rendering.

Would it be worth ditching all my LR preferences?
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Do the images look the same in LR and PS?

How are you eyedroppering in LR? Normally it gives percentages under the histogram.
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I have both Photoshop and LR side by side and use the photoshop eyedropper to sample both programs. The LR image looks slightly more saturated visually. I first noticed it on some images where I use photoshop to build a gray border that is RGB 45,45,45. I reimported the file into LR to print and noticed the border was lighter.
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In PS, do you have ProPhotoRGB selected as your workspace or AdobeRGB or sRGB ?
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Normally ProPhotoRGB, but as I described, I also tried sRGB - no difference.
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I may be forgetting something, but I am unable to eyedropper outside of the PS document window. If I have the eyedropper selected and move the cursor over LR, it changes from an eyedropper to a hand or magnifier and LR zooms in and out as I click.

I can take a screenshot of LR next to PS and open that in PS then assign the display profile to it, then eyedropper the corresponding place in each image and get the same numbers.

If you're using LR 6/CC 2015, then it can use the GPU and perhaps if that is turned on things eyedropper differently. Same for PS. You could try turning off the GPU for each and see if things are more the same using software rendering only.
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In Photoshop click on the foreground/background mask in the toolbox. The eye dropper will appear to select a color from the image. Click the eye dropper on the photoshop image and then drag to anther program. Photoshop will continue to report the RGB in the color selection dialog.

I tried turning GPU on/off. This really has me puzzled. I am using the latest CC versions of Photoshop and LR.
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I found out what was the problem. I'm using a Dell U3011 monitor, which has a menu setting for preset modes, which had been set to adobe RGB. Somehow this was switched to warm. Not sure why this impacted Lr and not Photoshop...