Photoshop: Jpeg is 3 to 5 stops darker in Windows Photo Viewer

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Recently updated to 1701.1.1 and noticed a glitch. When I either export or save to web as a jpg the image is at least 3 to 5 stops darker. Anyone else seeing this. Trying to go back to previous version but it's extremely slow connection!
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Can't reproduce on my machine... need more info. What is the color profile assigned? What settings are you exporting with?
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Ok, this photo was saved using save for web as jpg. It looks fine here and in PS. But then I view it using windows photo viewer it looks really dark. I also looked at the rest of my photos and all are coming out dark in the viewer. Ok, tried a different viewer and it's normal. Sorry about that as it was always my default viewer and was fine. Now I have to figure out why!!


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It depends on the version of Windows you are running. Seeing as it's "windows photo viewer", I am assuming you're on Windows 7 or 8. Windows photo viewer do not support custom icc profiles so if your monitor was calibrated then you would find this. 
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Once I tried a different viewer it was fine. You were right about wpv not using the icc
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In your "Save-For-Web" dialog, what are your "Embed Color Profile" and "Convert to sRGB" checkboxes set at?
Try changing the dropdown "Preview:" to be "Internet Standard RGB (No Color Management)" and see if it goes dark like you saw in your previewer app.
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Windows photo viewer turned out to be the culprit. My monitor was calibrated with a spyder 4 pro and the viewer was fine. however I just upgraded to a I1 display pro2. Am thinking the I1 did a much better job and the ICC it created threw the viewer for a loop. If I use windows photo instead it and PS look the same