Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet for Windows XP

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 4, 2008
Updated • Apr 5, 2018

Designers want to make sure that the colors of a product look like the colors were intended to look. Making sure that colors look identical in the finished product on any user system or device would make sure that a user watching a commercial on TV and a user watching the same commercial on YouTube or a user watching a print ad and an Internet ad would see matching images.

We are talking about any two devices that are somehow connected to each other, this could also be text or images on the computer and printer or images from a digital camera and the computer.

That's where Color Management comes into play which makes sure that the conversion between formats yields the desired results. Microsoft released a software named Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet for Windows XP which you may use to add additional Color Management Modules to Windows XP.

This is probably only interesting to users who are working with applications that install their own Color Management Modules. Photoshop does for instance. Some modules can also be downloaded from the Internet. Adobe is offering a download of the Adobe Color Management Module on their website.

The Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet is located in the Control Panel. To start it open the Control Panel, locate the Appearance and Themes menu and click on Open Color. A validation of the operating system is required before the software can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.

Update: Microsoft has removed the Color Control Applet download from the Microsoft Download Center. The download is no longer available and the page where it was originally found on is returning a not found error.

We have uploaded the latest version of the program to our own server. Please note that it has been designed for Windows XP and not for newer versions of the Windows operating system. To download The Microsoft Color control Applet for Windows XP, click on the following link: (Download Removed)

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  1. David Bradley said on July 4, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    This post reminded me of an item I did about how to compliment your partner with hex code, which involved passing off a specific color (using its hex code) as a compliment to one’s partner. Of course, you’d have to make sure you both have the same monitor calibration otherwise that putative complimentary hue of luscious green could come across looking like a cow pat if you’re not careful…

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