I just transferred my Lightroom 5 software to my new laptop, which runs Windows 8.1. I have calibrated the monitor using the software that comes preloaded with that version. The color display looks great on everything except when I open Lightroom. The colors are very gray and washed out in the program. I am wondering if there is a setting within Lightroom that may need to be changed. It is at factory settings as I have just loaded it a couple of days ago. Any ideas greatly appreciated!
It sounds like LR is trying to use your display profile and cannot for some reason. If your calibration is based on a manufacturer-supplied profile for your display, that could be the problem because many manufacturer-supplied profiles are not compatible LR.
What I’d suggest is set your display profile to sRGB-whatever in the Color Management applet in Control Panel, then reboot, then run through the Windows display calibration procedure, again. This will make a display profile based on the standard sRGB profile instead of whatever you were using, before.
Here is a document that describes how to switch your display profile to sRGB in Windows 7, which would be similar to Windows 8:
Thank you so much!! I will try that today.