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How do I get rid of X-Rite color assistant?


X-Rite color assistant is a software program that is designed to help users calibrate and profile their monitors for accurate color display. It works with various X-Rite color measurement devices to take readings and make adjustments to your monitor’s settings. While color assistant can be useful for creative professionals who need color-accurate displays, some users may wish to remove or uninstall it if they no longer need it.

There are a few methods you can use to get rid of color assistant from your computer. The easiest way is to use the standard uninstall process on Windows or Mac OS. You can also manually delete the program files and registry entries if the standard uninstall does not fully remove color assistant. Resetting your monitor calibration through your operating system is another option to revert back to default color settings.

Uninstalling Through Windows

If you have color assistant installed on a Windows PC, you can uninstall it using the following steps:

1. Open Control Panel on your computer. You can access it by typing “control panel” into the Windows search bar or navigating to Control Panel in the Start menu.

2. Click on “Uninstall a program” under the Programs section of Control Panel. This will open the Uninstall or change a program window.

3. Find X-Rite color assistant in the list of installed programs. You may need to scroll down to locate it.

4. Double click on color assistant to open the uninstallation window.

5. Click the “Uninstall” or “Uninstall/Change” button in the window.

6. Follow any on-screen prompts to confirm the program uninstallation.

7. Restart your computer once the uninstall process is finished. This will clear out any remaining files or registry entries.

Uninstalling color assistant through the Windows Control Panel is the recommended way to fully remove the program from your system. It should eliminate all program files, registry entries, and other related data.

Uninstalling on Mac

To uninstall X-Rite color assistant on a Mac, use these steps:

1. Locate color assistant in your Applications folder. You can search for it using Finder or Spotlight.

2. Drag the color assistant application file to the Trash bin. This will immediately remove most of the program files.

3. Open the Finder window and select the Go menu. Choose “Go to Folder.”

4. Type in “/Library/ColorSync/Profiles” and press Enter. Delete any profiles or folders related to color assistant.

5. Launch the Terminal app and enter the following command: `sudo rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/X-Rite/Color\ Assistant`

6. Enter your administrator password when prompted. This will remove leftover support files.

7. Restart your Mac to complete the uninstall.

Following these steps will manually remove the program files, configuration files, profiles, and other data associated with X-Rite color assistant on a Mac computer.

Manual Removal

In some cases, using the standard Windows or Mac uninstall process may not remove 100% of the X-Rite color assistant program files and registry data. If you find leftover files or want to do a clean sweep, you can manually delete all traces of color assistant.

Here are the general steps:

– Delete the color assistant program folder and all contents. This is usually located at C:\Program Files\X-Rite\Color Assistant on Windows or the Applications folder on a Mac.

– Go through all users’ profiles and app data folders to remove any color assistant files or configuration settings.

– On Windows, use the registry editor to carefully delete any registry keys or values related to color assistant. Make backups first.

– Remove any custom color profiles, calibration data files, or logs that color assistant created.

– Reboot your computer when finished for changes to take effect.

This detailed manual removal process will eliminate any trace of the program on your system. Be extremely careful when editing the registry on Windows and only delete keys clearly associated with color assistant.

Resetting Monitor Calibration

An alternative to completely uninstalling X-Rite color assistant is to simply reset your monitor calibration and color profiles back to the default settings. This will override any changes made by color assistant without removing the program itself.

On Windows 10:

1. Go to Start > Settings > System > Display.

2. Click on the “Advanced display settings” link near the bottom.

3. Select the monitor you want to reset and click “Display adapter properties.”

4. Go to the Color Management tab.

5. Click “Change system defaults” and choose “Reset” on the next screen.

6. Confirm that you want to reset to the default color profile.

This will revert your display calibration back to the original settings for that monitor model. Repeat for each connected monitor.

On Mac:

1. Open System Preferences > Displays > Color.

2. Click the “Calibrate” button to start the calibration wizard.

3. Select “Expert Mode” in the wizard.

4. Choose the “Defaults” button to reset the profile.

5. Confirm the reset and allow the system to revert to the factory display profile.

Using the built-in calibration tools in Windows and Mac OS is an easy way to overwrite changes made by X-Rite color assistant without fully removing it. The process may vary slightly between operating system versions.

Should I delete monitor profiles?

When removing color assistant, you may be wondering if you also need to delete any custom monitor color profiles that were created by the software.

Here are some guidelines on handling monitor profiles:

– If resetting calibration, you don’t need to delete profiles as they will be overwritten.

– If uninstalling color assistant, delete profiles located in C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\color on Windows.

– On Mac, delete profiles in /Library/ColorSync/Profiles and user account folders.

– You can keep profiles if you still need accurate calibration for other programs.

– Third party programs may recreate profiles again anyway.

– Back up old profiles before deletion in case you need to restore them later.

In general, resetting calibration or systematically uninstalling color assistant will remove associated profiles. But you can manually delete them as well for a clean slate. Keep profiles if you require ongoing accurate color management without color assistant specifically.

Will I lose monitor calibration without color assistant?

If you uninstall or delete X-Rite color assistant, you will lose any custom monitor calibration and profiles that were created by the software. Your display will revert back to its original factory settings.

This means that your monitor colors, gamma, brightness, and other calibration metrics will return to the default values rather than the optimized profile color assistant had configured.

Out of the box monitor calibration is often reasonably accurate. However, it may not be tuned for your specific monitor panel, age of display, graphics card, ambient lighting, and other factors that influence calibration.

Without color assistant making dynamic adjustments, you may notice colors are not as vibrant or accurate over time. White point, graybalance, and other aspects of display performance can degrade gradually.

You can always recalibrate your monitor using the built-in tools in Windows and Mac OS for basic calibration. Or install a third party calibration utility for more advanced and ongoing calibration capabilities similar to color assistant.

Just keep in mind that each monitor requires calibration to counter various changes over time. Losing a specialized profile can degrade color and brightness accuracy compared to a professionally calibrated display. Perform periodic recalibration without color assistant.

Are there alternative monitor calibration tools?

If you decide to remove X-Rite color assistant but still want to keep your monitor calibrated, there are alternative third party calibration tools available. Some popular options include:

– DisplayCAL – Open source display calibration and profiling. Supports many colorimeters.

– Datacolor Spyder – Display and projector calibration with proprietary colorimeter.

– NEC SpectraView II – Calibration software for NEC monitors with built-in calibration sensor.

– BasICColor Display – Professional monitor profiling software with a wide range of features.

– Chromix ColorThink Pro – Advanced color management with monitor, printer, projector, and camera profiling tools.

– Klein K-10 – High end colorimeter and Calibration software focused on ultimate accuracy.

These programs offer similar automated display calibration capabilities as color assistant. They work with an external colorimeter device to profile your specific monitor. This can help maintain accuracy for color-critical work after removing color assistant.

The level of complexity, features, automation, and accuracy varies among the calibration tools. Open source options like DisplayCAL provide powerful professional-grade options at no cost. There are also solutions tailored specifically for certain monitor brands.

Overall, you have many alternative calibration utilities to choose from to replace X-Rite color assistant if needed. Proper and regular calibration is essential for color accuracy in media production, photography, design, and other fields.

Should I reinstall graphics card drivers?

When making significant display setup changes like removing color assistant, it can be a good idea to also reinstall or update your graphics card drivers afterward.

Graphics drivers play an important role in controlling and managing color profiles, 3D LUTs, gamma, and other critical display calibration factors. Updating to the latest drivers can ensure proper compatibility and performance after deleting custom profiles.

The steps to reinstall graphics drivers vary between AMD, Nvidia, Intel, and other manufacturers. But in general you will want to:

– Download the latest drivers from the manufacturer website. Often they have an auto-detect utility.

– Use an uninstaller tool to fully clear old graphics drivers before installing the new version.

– Reboot into safe mode when installing drivers for best results.

– Perform a clean driver reinstallation rather than just an update.

– Enable calibrated color defaults again in the driver settings if available.

– Confirm the proper color profile is set under color management.

Keeping your graphics drivers fully up to date when making major display changes will prevent conflicts or issues with managing color output. Test for any color shifts after reinstalling them. Adjusting some color settings directly in the graphics driver may be necessary for proper calibration.

How can I restore color assistant later?

If you decide to uninstall X-Rite color assistant but want to restore it later, there are a few options:

– Reinstall color assistant from the original installation file or discs if you still have them.

– Download color assistant again from the X-Rite website and do a fresh install.

– Restore from a system image backup that contained color assistant.

– Use system restore on Windows to roll back to an earlier restore point before uninstalling.

– On Mac, use Time Machine to recover color assistant files from an older backup.

– Retrieve the .reg backup file you saved before deleting color assistant registry keys if you did a manual uninstall on Windows. Import it to restore those keys.

– Repair Office or Adobe app installs that bundle color assistant as a component.

The easiest way is to keep the original color assistant install file, download a fresh copy from the vendor, or use system restore capabilities to retrieve the program. Automated backup systems like Time Machine or Windows File History make it easier to restore deleted applications.

When reinstalling color assistant, you will likely need to recalibrate your displays again from scratch. Old calibration data and profiles are unlikely to be restored. But you should be able to get back to a properly calibrated configuration.


Removing X-Rite color assistant fully from your system involves uninstalling the software through the standard Control Panel process on Windows or dragging to the Trash on Mac. You may need to follow up with manually deleting files, registry entries, color profiles, and drivers for a clean removal. Resetting your monitor calibration through OS tools is an alternative to deleting color assistant.

There are many alternative display calibration utilities available as well from vendors like Datacolor, BasICColor, NEC and others. Keeping your graphics drivers updated is also good practice when making major display changes. With proper calibration management, you can maintain excellent color accuracy even without color assistant.

Method Pros Cons
Standard Uninstall
  • Simple process
  • Automatically removes most files
  • May leave some leftover files
  • Does not delete profiles
Manual Deletion
  • Fully removes all trace of program
  • Lets you delete associated profiles
  • More complex
  • Risk of accidentally deleting critical files
Reset Calibration
  • Leaves color assistant installed
  • Reverts settings back to default
  • Loses precision of custom profiling
  • Default calibration may be suboptimal

In summary, there are a few effective options to remove color assistant depending on your needs. Fully uninstalling and manually cleaning up files offers the most complete removal. Resetting calibration is quickest if you just want to revert settings. Carefully consider the pros and cons before deleting color profiles.