Many NVIDIA graphics card users report that the NVIDIA Control Panel is missing from their Windows computers. They can’t find the NVIDIA Control Panel in the desktop context menu or the Windows Control Panel.
You may be very frustrated if you have this problem. But don’t worry about it. It can be fixed. Here are some solutions that you should try.
What causes the Nvidia control panel to be missing or disappear?
Windows 10 Update: Have you recently updated your system to the latest version or upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous operating system? If so, your graphics card driver may no longer be compatible with your system. Resetting the update may help you solve this problem.
Driver problems: There may be a problem with your video card drivers or the NVIDIA display driver. An outdated, corrupt, or incompatible driver can damage your video card control panel. You can easily fix this problem by updating or reinstalling the most important drivers.
Damaged NVIDIA Control Panel: The NVIDIA Control Panel itself may be damaged if its files have been deleted or corrupted. This can be resolved by completely reinstalling the software.
Missing or incorrect entries in the Windows Registry: The registry is used to control many of the settings on your computer. If entries are missing or incorrect, your computer’s control panel may be missing. To solve this problem, you need to use the registry editor.
Common Errors: Some common errors in Windows 10 can cause the NVIDIA Control Panel to be missing.
How to repair a missing or disappearing Nvidia control panel?
Update the NVIDIA graphics drivers
- On your keyboard, press Windows + X to open the Win + X menu.
- Click Device Manager on the menu to open it.
- In Device Manager, find the Display Adapter option.
- Expand it to find the NVIDIA graphics card driver.
- Right-click on the driver and select Update Driver.
- A new window will open; click on the Automatically check for driver software updates option.
- This will automatically check for a driver update and install it if it is available.
- If no update is available, you will also be notified accordingly.
Reinstall NVIDIA graphics drivers
- Open Device Manager by pressing Windows + X and selecting Device Manager from the list that appears.
- In the Device Manager driver list, expand Display Adapters. Right-click the NVIDIA graphics card driver and select Uninstall Device.
- After successfully uninstalling the driver, go to the NVIDIA – Download Drivers web page.
- Then select the appropriate product type, product series, and product options from the appropriate drop-down menus depending on your computer configuration to download the latest driver.
- Once downloaded, install the driver on your computer.
- Restart your PC and make sure the NVIDIA Control Panel is now available in the desktop context menu and taskbar.
Display the NVIDIA Control Panel
If you cannot find the NVIDIA Control Panel on the desktop context menu or Start Menu, it is likely hidden. This usually happens when you update your NVIDIA graphics card software. Let’s see how you can restore the NVIDIA Control Panel by following these steps:
- Open the Control Panel. To do this, press the Windows + R keys simultaneously, type Control in the Startup window, and press Enter.
- In the control panel that opens, you will see options in the form of large icons, then double-click on the NVIDIA Control Panel options.
- Find the Desktop or View menu, click it, and then select Add Desktop Context Menu from the drop-down list.
- Navigate to your computer’s desktop and see if the NVIDIA Control Panel appears in the desktop context menu.
Install the Nvidia Control Panel application from the Microsoft Store
- Click the Start button, then click the gear icon to open Settings.
- Click on Applications.
- In the left menu, click Applications and Features.
- In the search bar, look for the Nvidia Control Panel.
- If you already have the Nvidia Control Panel installed on your system. Uninstall it.
- Now go to the Nvidia Control Panel in the Microsoft Store and install it.
Frequently Asked Questions
- In the Run dialog box, type "control" and press Enter on your keyboard.
- In the Control Panel, under View by, select Large icons.
- Select the NVIDIA control panel.
- In the NVIDIA control panel, click View or Desktop, and then check Add Desktop pop-up menu.
- Activate the control panel.
- Update the graphics driver.
- Reset the graphics driver software.
- Restart Nvidia services.
- Manually run the Nvidia control panel.
- Use Nvidia support.
Sometimes you can't open the Nvidia Control Panel because your antivirus program is interfering with it. To solve this problem, you need to check your antivirus settings and make sure that it is not blocking the Nvidia Control Panel. If not, try disabling some of the antivirus features and see if that helps.
The NVIDIA Control Panel allows you to manage your NVIDIA graphics driver settings as well as other NVIDIA utilities installed on your system.