Windows 10 Light Gray Text

Light Gray Text

Red Selections

Hi guys, I've got a problem with Windows 10 which nobody else seems to have, that I also had in Windows 8/8.1, but not in 7.

As pictured in the screenshots above, in my file explorer and other programs such as Edge, Chrome, and Notepad, some (Seemingly random) text is much lighter gray than the other text. This is on a fresh install and complete drive format, and was not caused by installing a program, as it happened out of the box. Also, whenever I select text, it is highlighted in that bright ugly red. Does anyone have a fix or any potential cause of this? Thank you in advance.

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Hi Jordan,

I suggest you to Run System File Checker Tool (sfc).

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. Follow the steps given under the heading “Windows 8.1 or Windows 8”.

https://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833/en-us

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Jordan, I have the same problem with Win 10. I would bet that many other people have the same problem, as well.

I've tried everything, and it's just Windows 10 itself.

That's one reason why I reverted back to Win 8.1. For me, 8.1 text is acceptable.

I have reverted to a Dual Boot, running 8.1 on one partition and W10 on another.

I've also installed W10 from a setup DVD, because the Upgrade scenario gave me other problems, such as the Photos app crashing, vanishing text and graphics, and the dreaded spinning wheel while accessing web pages.

I like W10 now after the clean install; except for straining to read that darn light text.

I hope someone comes up with a definitive answer, because I would like to continue with W10.

I am using an ASUS x64 i5 17" Notebook, model X550CA, with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated adapter.

It's only 18 months old, so it should be able to handle W10 without a problem.

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Jordan Siemering, I believe I have a solution for you.

In Windows 10:

- Right click on your Desktop

- Select "Graphics Properties" from the drop-down menu

- On the new screen Select "Display"

- At the top Select "Color"

- At the bottom of the screen is "Gamma"

- Set that number to between 0.4 and 0.7 you will see a dramatic difference.

Mine was originally set to 1.0

After you've done that, check your Photos; they may appear deeper and richer, but their basic color composition has not changed.

Let me know how that works on your system.

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Doesn't work whatsoever.

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Hi, Joe.

Thank you for posting your response.

I would suggest that you log into safe mode and un-installing and re-installing the Graphic Driver. To do so refer the steps below:

Step 1: Safe Mode. 

  1. Open Run Command (Windows button +R)
  2. A dialog box will open type “msconfig”
  3. Locate and select the Boot tab and select Safe with Minimal as option.
  4. Restart Computer
  5. Follow the same procedure and uncheck the safe box in Boot tab to return to normal desktop mode.

Step 2: Un-installing and Re-installing Driver

  1. Click on the Start button, and type “Device Manager” on the search bar.
  2. Open Device Manager, expand "Display Adapters”.
  3. Right-click the device, and click Uninstall.
  4. Windows will prompt you to confirm the device’s removal. Click OK to remove the driver.
  5. After the uninstallation is complete, reboot your computer.
  6. After you have successfully uninstalled the driver, please go to the computer manufacturer’s website, download the Windows 10 Graphics driver for your computer and check.

If the issue still persist, I would suggest that you run the driver in compatibility mode. To do so follow the step below:

Step:

a. Right click/tap twice the driver setup file and select Properties then tap or click the Compatibility tab.

b. Place a check in the Run this program in compatibility mode for: box.

c. Tap or click the drop down box and select a previous operating system, then tap or click OK.

d. Try installing the driver/software and check.

Hope this information helps. Do revert back to us with the outcome, so that we can
assist you further.

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What theme are you currently using?  These colors are usually sub-aspects of your current theme.  If you switch to a High Contrast theme and then back to the normal Windows theme, does that fix you up?

Generally speaking these colors should be associated with some specific registry values, but -- just switching themes is a great first step here.

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I have windows 10, right clicking on desktop does not show "graphics Properties" option.    I haven't been able to find anything that will change the text to be a little more bold and more readable.  I have been trying for days.  All of the "help" doesn't seem to help.  

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Laurie, this problem is apparently an incompatibility between the Graphics Adapter and Win 10.

Since the Nov., 2015 version of Win 10 and the Intel HD Graphics 4000 Display Adapter Driver update dated 12/21/2015 Version 10.18.10.4358 I have had minimal problems with disappearing light blue or gray text.

If you RIGHT click, not LEFT click on your desktop and you don't see the "Graphics Properties" option on the drop down menu then you must have a bad installation of Win 10; because if I have that option then everyone else in the world who uses Win 10 should have it.

Anyway, you can get to the same place by :

Typing ... HD Graphics ... in the search box
In my case it will reveal ... Intel HD Graphics Control Panel ...

  (whichever graphics you have, click on that)

Click Display
Click Color

You will see the Gamma adjustment at the bottom.

For information sake, here is my system:

ASUS i5 Laptop X550CA
Intel HD Graphics 4000 display adapter
Driver date 12/21/2015
Driver Version 10.18.10.4358
Windows 10 build 10586

For System Information, type ... System Information ... in the Search Box.

For HD Graphics Display Adapter info, go to Device Manager and double click "Display Adapter" to reveal the Make and Model beneath it. Right click on the make and model and select "Properties" then click on the "Driver" tab for the Date and Ver. If you want the latest driver, right click on the Make and Model and select "Update Driver Software" ... hope this helps.

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Well, let's see.

Start with these menus and let us know how y'all get on:

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This is not helpful at all.

There are no missing files.

What has happened is that Microsoft took away the user's ability to control text and background colors on displayed text on Windows Home.

Windows Pro and Windoews Enterprise users can control text and background colors.

Yep.

This is by design...and a very bad decision.

Usability features should be present in all versions of Windows.
Juan T. Llibre

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