Lightroom: Why do my Images look different in the library module after I have edited them in the develop module

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Bob Rossi

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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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The library previews are prebaked in the lossy 8-bit JPEGs in the AdobeRGB color space; whereas in the develop, the previews are rendered from raw in 16-bit ProPhotoRGB and color converted to the color space of your monitor displays. This is so that you get performance benefits not needing to always render the previews on the fly while you're in the library module.

You might see some differences in details and colors between the two, depending on the photos. For the most part, the difference is very minimal.

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/color-faq.html
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Bob Rossi

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On my office PC the difference in the two modules is minimal, on my home PC they are significant. That's why I am curious about setting being different but I can't seem to see any settings that would effect this.
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Walsh Restoration

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I have the same problem with latest version of Lightroom standalone 6.  Which of the two versions is saved when the image is exported though?  If it's the develop version it doesn't really matter.
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Library and Develop should look the same so it doesn't matter which is being exported because it's the same image. 

So your question is, if Library and Develop look different, which is the right one?  My answer would be you can't tell so you need to fix things to Library and Develop are the same.  There are multiple reasons why:  bad monitor profile that causes Develop to render wrong usually with a color cast, bad GPU driver (turn off the GPU in Prefs / Performance) that probably causes Develop to render wrong, corrupted preview cache so the previews don't get updated, so Library is wrong, etc.