How to Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Error in Windows 7/8/10

If you are an NVIDIA graphic card user, then you might have experienced the NVIDIA control panel missing issue.

According to the Google search results, many users have reported that they have faced NVIDIA control panel not available problem.

What is NVIDIA Control Panel

It is a place where users allow to change the properties of the NVIDIA graphic card. Also, the users can unlock the award-winning features of NVIDIA drivers via the control panel.

Where is My Control Panel

nvidia control panel desktop menu

Usually, you can access the NVIDIA control panel via the desktop right-click context menu. Also, you can access it from the start menu, control panel, and double click on the NVIDIA control panel.

Why Nvidia Control Panel Missing in Windows

Sometimes you will not be able to start the NVIDIA control panel from the above methods. You will not able to find it on your system.

This can happen due to corrupted driver installation, missing registry keys, and values, or some random faults here and there. Sometimes the windows updates make the NVIDIA drivers incompatible with the new update.

But don’t worry. You are not the only one face this issue. You are not alone. This error can be fixed with some tweaks.

In this guide, we will give you some best methods to fix your NVIDIA control panel missing issue.

Note: Before doing anything, don’t forget to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong

Method to Regain Access to the Graphic Card Control Panel

You will find some basic and advanced guides here. Try the basic steps first, and then you may need to follow the advanced steps if the basic steps didn’t work for you.

Method 01: Unhide the NVIDIA Control Panel

The control panel May be hidden by windows for some reason. If that is the case, you can open it by going to the windows control panel. To do so,

01. Go to the windows control panel. Type control in the search box, and you will see the control panel link at the top of the search results. Just open it.

02. In control panel change the view by option to Large icons

control panel view by option

03. Select the NVIDIA control panel and open it.

nvidia control panel missing solution from windows control panel

04. Go to the Desktop tab and then check Add Desktop Context Menu

nvidia control panel add desktop context menu

05. Right-click on your desktop to see if the control panel appears in the desktop context menu

nvidia desktop context menu

Method 02: Update Graphics Drivers

If the above option didn’t work or you couldn’t find the NVIDIA control panel icon even in the windows control panel, you need to update your graphics drivers again.

Also, by updating the NVIDIA graphics driver software, you may find some solution to other graphic driver related issues in Windows.

There are two options that you can try. Manual method and automatic method.

Manual method 01: Download and install official drivers from the site

NVIDIA keeps its drivers updating regularly. To download the drivers for your graphic card, you need to go to their official site and find the drivers related to your card and your windows version.

nvidia drivers download

After downloading the correct driver, double click it to start the installation procedure and follow the onscreen options.

Manual method 02: Update NVIDIA drivers from Device Manager

01. Go to Device Manager. To do that right-click on This PC and click Manage

02. Find the NVIDIA card under the Display adapters.

device manager update nvidia drivers
automatically update nvidia drivers

03. Right-click on it and select Update Driver Software. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update process. You need an active internet connection to complete this step.

Automatic method: Use a third-party driver detecting software

You can use any third-party drivers detecting software to identify and download the drivers for your card automatically. For example, 3DP Chip, Driver Easy, and Driverpack Solution.

But the most suitable method is to find it by yourself by going to the official website of the graphic card manufacturer.

Method 03: Restart NVIDIA Services

01. Go to Windows services. To do that, open the Run dialogue box and type services.msc in the text box and hit Enter or click OK.

open windows services

02. Locate the NVIDIA services and start or restart then one by one

restart nvidia services

Restart your PC to see the results.

Method 04: Uninstall and Re-install Nvidia Graphic Drivers

There are two options that you can follow to uninstall the NVIDIA drivers.

Method 01: Using device Manager

01. Go to the device manager and find the NVIDIA graphic card.

02. Right-click on it and select Uninstall device

uninstall nvidia drivers

03. Check the option Delete the driver software for this device and click Uninstall

04. Restart your system to see the effect.

Method 02: From the control panel

01. Go to Windows Control panel

02. Go to Uninstall a program under the programs

uninstall a program

03 Select the NVIDIA program and right-click on it. From the menu select Uninstall/ Change or select Uninstall/ Change at the top of the program list.

uninstall nvidia drivers in control panel

04. Restart your system

05. Install the drivers again to see the result.

Method 05: Perform a Clean Installation

Sometimes a clean installation may help you to overcome the issue.

01. Open the task manager

02. Perform an End task to all NVIDIA related processes.

end nvidia tasks in task manager

03. Go to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\

04. Find and delete the following files.




05. Go to the following directories and delete all the files there. Restart your PC

C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\

C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\

06. Run the downloaded NVIDIA driver file and perform a clean installation by selecting the Custom installation option

clean install nvidia drivers for nvidia control panel missing issue

Method 06: Open NVIDIA Control Panel Manually

01. Go to C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Control Panel Client folder

02. Right-click on nvcplui.exe and select Run as administrator

run nvcplui as admin nvidia

03. See if the error is gone. If not continue with the next method

Method 07: Solution Provided by NVIDIA

01. Go to C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation. Right-click on NVDisplay.Container.exe and select Copy

copy nvidia nvdisplay.container.exe

02. Open the Run dialogue box by pressing Windows key + R and type shell:startup. Hit Enter

run shell startup

03. It will open the location

C:\Users\usEr\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

04. Right-click on an empty area and paste the copied NVDisplay.Container.exe file

05. Again right-click on the file, Go to properties, then go to the compatibility tab and check Run this program as an administrator. Click OK

Then restart your PC and check if you can see the NVIDIA control panel back on your desktop content menu

Method 08: Reinstall the NVIDIA Control Panel App From Microsoft Store

01. Go to Windows settings and click on Apps

02. From the Apps and features search for NVIDIA control panel. If you have installed it on your system, uninstall it

03. Download and install the app by following this link

Hopefully one of the above methods should fix your NVIDIA control panel missing error. If you were unable to find a solution with the above methods, then it is better to ask your question on NVIDIA Forum.