NVIDIA Control Panel Missing for Windows 10: Rescue Tips

NVIDIA Graphics Card users, many a time have reported NVIDIA Control Panel, not showing the issue.

The control panel which gives users control properties of NVIDIA Graphics Card get installed on users PC sometimes, goes missing from Desktop Context menu, Start menu, or Desktop by the result of a faulty graphics card driver, as the latest updates, missing registry subkeys and values, or some random error here and there.

Methods To Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing

The following steps have basic troubleshooting with advanced techniques. Try not to skip the advanced steps when the easier ones are not coming handy to get back the missing Control Panel.

#1 – Restarting the NVIDIA Services To fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Issue

It may happen that the Control Panel went missing from the Desktop context menu and the System Tray. The basic method to try is to restart the NVIDIA specific services. Let check how to restart services on the PC:
Step 1: Open Run box by tapping Windows + R keys together. Type services.msc in Run box and tap the Enter button.
Step 2: The above step will open the Services window. Get all the running services on the PC. From the list of services, check for those with their name starting with NVIDIA. Select each NVIDIA service and tap on the Restart button available on the left side of the window.

#2 – Manually try to Launch NVIDIA Control Panel to get the missing Control Panel

Unable to find a permanent fix, until then, try to manually launch the NVIDIA Control Panel on the system to fix the issue. Follow the steps to manually launch and create a desktop shortcut of the NVIDIA Control Panel:
Step 1: Open My Computer folder. There, go to C Drive folder and search for the Program Files. In the Program Files get the NVIDIA Corporation sub-folder. Unable to find NVIDIA Corporations folder in there, try to search for it in Program Files (x86) folder. Open the Control Panel Client in NVIDIA Corporation folder.
Step 2: Press Right-click on the nvcplui file and tap on Run as administrator option.

#3 – Using Microsoft store Reinstall Nvidia Control panel App

  • Tap on the start button and gear-shaped icon to get into the settings
  • Press on Apps
  • Tap on Apps & Features on the left menu.
  • Try to search Nvidia Control panel in the search box. Suppose Nvidia Control panel is already installed on the system, first uninstall the panel.
  • Now, go to Nvidia Control panel install Link in Microsoft store and install it.

#4 – Unhide NVIDIA Control Panel

Unable to find the NVIDIA Control Panel on the Desktop Context Menu or Start Menu, there’s a possibility it might be hidden. Let‘s see how to get the NVIDIA Control Panel back by following the given steps:
Step 1: Open the Control Panel. Tap Windows + R keys simultaneously, type Control in the Run box & tap Enter.
Step 2: In the Control Panel which opens after the above step, view options by Large Icons, double click option on the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Step 3: Check for Desktop or View menu, tap on it, select the Add Desktop Context Menu option from the drop-down.

#5 – Permanent Solution for NVIDIA Control Panel Missing using NVIDIA Support

NVIDIA support offers a permanent solution to the arising issue. Follow simple steps to get a try:
Step 1: Tap and Open My Computer to follow the folder direction:
1. Program Files (x86)
2. NVIDIA Corporation
3. Display.NvContainer
Note: In case, unable to locate the NVIDIA folder in Program Files (x86) folder, look for it in the Program Files.
Step 2: In the Display.NvContainer folder, try to find a file named Display.NvContainer. Right-click on it and select Copy.
Step 3: Click to open Startup Folder. Tap Windows + R keys together to open Run box. Inside the Run box, type shell: startup and tap on Enter.
Step 4: Startup folder which opened, do a right-click and Paste copied file Display.NvContainer.
Step 5: Press right-click on Display.NvContainer file, pasted in Startup folder to select Properties option.
Step 6: Go to the Compatibility tab in the Properties window. You will have to run this program as administrator checkmark option and select it. Click Ok to apply the settings.

#6 – Update NVIDIA Graphics Driver To get Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Issue

If the above method is not working up to the mark, there should be a driver problem. For this, go to Device Manager and update your NVIDIA Graphics Driver to fix missing NVIDIA Control Panel in Windows 10. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Tap press the Windows + X keys together, on the keyboard to open the Win + X menu. Tap on Device Manager option to open it from the menu.
Step 2: In Device Manager, look for the Display adapters. Expand to search for NVIDIA graphics card driver. Right-click on the driver to tap on Update driver option.
Step 3: A new window will open and tap on Search for updated driver software option automatically to search for a driver update to install it when available. When an update is unavailable, it will inform it as well. In case of the update didn’t help the case of missing NVIDIA Control Panel, try reinstalling the driver.

#7 – Reinstall NVIDIA Graphics Driver

Step 1: Open the Device Manager by tapping Windows + X keys together, and opting Device Manager from the list.
Step 2: Check and expand the Display adapters given in the list of drivers in Device Manager. Right-click on the NVIDIA Graphics Card driver to select the Uninstall device.
Step 3: After uninstalling the driver successfully, go to NVIDIA – Download Drivers webpage to select appropriate Product Type, Series, and options from the respective drop-down menus according to the computer’s configuration to download the latest driver. Install the driver on your PC. Restart PC and check if the NVIDIA Control Panel is available now in the Desktop context menu and system tray.

Concluding Words

Although method #4 and method #5 are the ultimate solution to fix NVIDIA Control Panel missing in Windows 10, always begin with methods mentioned at the start of the article. When these methods fail, try checking to raise a query on NVIDIA Forum. You may use Method #6 to manually open the NVIDIA Control Panel and access the graphics options.