Photoshop: Why are my black and white images shown with a sepia hue?

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When I convert an image to black and white using Photoshop CS4 it has a sepia hue/Tint to the image, once the converted image saved the tint also saved amd can be seen in Windows (7) Photp Viewer, this tint is not shown when using Photoshop Elemerts 8 to either view a image that has been converted by Photoshop CS4 or a converted by photoshop elements 8.
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What are the exact steps you are using when you're converting your images to Black and White?
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If you converted the image to grayscale, and still see a tint to the image -- then that means that your display profile is incorrect, and Photoshop is trying to compensate for the wrong white point on your display (for example: making it yellow to compensate for a bluish display).

If you didn't convert to grayscale, but stayed in RGB, then your document profile and the display profile could be involved.
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What are the exact steps you are using when you're converting your images to Black and White?

In CS4
Open image as JPEG, then go to: Layer > Adjustment Layer > Black & White.
Image has Sepia tint.

In CS4
Open image as RAW, then go to: HSL/Grayscale > Tick convert to Grayscale
Image has Sepia tint.
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So it is most likely a problem with your display profile -- the white point in the profile does not match the actual white point of your display.