Lightroom: Imported photo is at least two stops overexposed after reinstall

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HELP! I am not sure this is the message post to ask the question, but I recently uninstalled LR5.7 and reinstalled in on my Macbookpro computer. When I import a photo, the photo is at least two stops overexposed upon entering the Library....i.e. folder. What can I do. I did not set up anything in the settings at all. I dare not try until I get help. HELP ;)

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom 5: User Develop Presets discarded after upgrade.
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Right after an Import finishes, are the toning sliders set to non-zero values in Develop--Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks?

And if so are they the same for each photo in the Import set or are they different?

If they are the same then you are applying a Develop Preset to the import set using the Apply During Import / Develop Settings list over at the right of the Import panel.

If the toning settings are non-zero and different from each other, then you likely have Auto Tone happening immediately for each imported image. This is controlled with the LR / Preferences / Presets / Apply-auto-tone-adjustments checkbox where you'd want to disable that setting in Preferences.

If the toning sliders are all zeros then it could be something else less common like a camera setting or bad monitor profile.
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Cindy McCann

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Thank you, Steve!! You've helped me solve the problem. I unchecked the auto tone box and now photos are importing as they should.