So I finally got a colorimeter, X-Rite EZ Color with eye one display 2 for my monitors, scanner, and printer.

Now I have profiled my monitor on my desktop and "calibrated it." It's running Windows Vista x64. For some reason in firefox (when color management is enabled), windows photo gallery, photoshop, and lightroom, which are all "color managed," my color is way off. It's washed out and looks bad. In firefox, if I turn off color management, the color comes back and it is not washed out/desaturated.

In this picture you can see what I mean. The thumbnails do not match what shows up in windows photo gallery.

On my laptop (XP), everything is profiled and everything looks consistently good.