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How to Install ICC Color Profiles Windows

Video and written tutorial for installing profiles in Windows

Mac OSX User? Click here for instructions

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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-click on the folder and choose "Extract All" then follow the instructions.

2) You will see a duplicate folder that is now unzipped. Delete the zipped folder.

3) Now double click on the new folder to see the contents.

How to extraxt unzip a profile Windows

Double click the newly extracted folder to see its contents. You will see an instructions document (either PDF or TXT) and the profile.

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

Note, your folder display may look different than the image at right. Regardless of how it looks, you will still see the two items mentioned above.

Red River Paper profile and instructions after file unzip

Step 2 - Install the profile

When you open the Now right click on the profile and select "Install Profile".

Restart Photoshop and the profile will be ready for use.

Right click to install profiles Windows


If you do not see the Install Profile selection, you either do not have the file unzipped properly, or there is a glitch in your Windows installation. In this case, just copy and paste the profile to the proper folder below.

For Windows 7-10, navigate to the "Color" folder which is on 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.

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.