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How to Install ICC Color Profiles Windows

Video and written tutorial for installing profiles in Windows

Mac User? Click here for instructions

Click to learn how to uninstall profiles

The process of "installing" an ICC color profile is nothing more than pasting (or drag and drop) into a specific folder in the operating system. Your printing software looks in that folder when it comes time to print. It then creates a profile list you can choose from in the print dialog.

If you use Photoshop CS4 or earlier, or Photoshop Elements, restart your computer after following these instructions.

Written Instructions for Windows

Step 1 - Extract / Unzip the file you downloaded from our website

You do not need special software to extract zip files. Windows comes with this capability.

On most Windows computers, the zipped file will look like a folder with a zipper.

1) Right mouse-click on the zipped filer and choose "Extract All".

2) The Extract dialog will appear.  We recommend you leave the destination as is. 

We recommend checking the "Show extracted files when complete"

3) When the folder is extracted, you will see the files:

Profiles will have a .ICC or .ICM extension.  The profile will contain the name of the paper and your printer model. 

Step 2 - Install the profile

Right click on the profile you want to install. 

A menu will appear.  

Select "Install Profile".

There will not be a confirmation of success.  This shortcut simply puts a copy of the profile into the system folder. If you do this process and the profile is not available in your printing application, scroll down to the troubleshooting section.
Right click to install profiles Windows

This concludes the tutorial. Good luck and happy printing.  Contact Red River Paper support with any questions.

Next Steps - Using Profiles

After the profile is installed, you will use them during the print dialog of your photo or art editing application. Detailed help using ICC printer color profiles.


If you do not see the "Install Profile" option, the file is not extracted or there is a glitch in your Windows installation. In this case, you will have to copy and paste the profile to the proper system folder.

In Windows, profiles are stored in the Color folder. It resides in this path:

Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color

The "Windows" folder (the beginning of the path above) is reached by going to your root directory, usually the C Drive from My Computer or Computer menus.

Use the File Explorer (Not Internet Explorer the web browser) to get to this folder.

1 - In most versions of Windows, find the search bar at the bottom and type "Explorer"

2 - From the results, find and click on File Explorer.

1 - When the File Explorer launches, locate the Windows C drive on the left column and click.

2 - Look for the Windows directory under the C drive.

You can then navigate to the Color folder.

Last updated: May 30, 2023

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