What to do if your Nvidia Control Panel Won’t Open

Nvidia Control Panel Won’t Open. How can this be fixed?

When you install the Nvidia graphics driver on your Windows 10, the NVidia Control Panel is installed automatically. This software lets you tweak your graphics settings so that you can play games at high frame rates and run better. The NVidia Control Panel should not be missing from your PC if you installed the Nvidia graphics driver, but in some instances it may be missing or it simply doesn’t open.

Try all the fixes we have in our article until one of them works for you. Let’s see all the solutions and the steps required to fix this problem.

Fix 1: Reinstall NVIDIA Drivers

The first fix that may allow NVidia Control Panel to open is to reinstall Nvidia drivers. You will need to uninstall them first and the download them from the NVIDIA Driver page.

Step 1 – Open Device management console by pressing Windows + R and typing devmgmt.msc. Press Enter.

Step 2 – Check Display adapters in the Device Manager and right click on the NVIDIA Adapter. Click on Uninstall and check Delete the driver software for this device, then click on OK.

Step 3 – Head over to the NVIDIA Driver page to download the graphics card drivers. Choose Option 1: Manually find drivers, and fill in the required information before clicking on the Search button.

Step 4 – Go to the download location of your file and launch the installer. Select Custom Options, and Clean Install.

Step 5 – Restart your PC and launch the NVIDIA control panel to see if it properly works.

Extra Info and Tips: You can also try to update your drivers by following the Step 1 and go over to Display adapters – NVIDIA Adapter and choose Update Driver Software. Then, Repeat Step 5.

Fix 2: NVIDIA Display Driver Service

NVidia Control Panel may not open because the NVIDIA Display Driver Service is not started or needs a restart

Step 1 – Open the Services console by pressing Windows + R and typing services.msc. Press Enter.

Step 2 – Look for NVIDIA Display Driver Service and double click it to open. Change Startup type to Automatic and start the service if it was stopped. You will need to repeat this action for all the NVIDIA-related services

Step 3 – Restart your PC and launch the NVIDIA control panel to see if it properly works.

Fix 3: Restart the NVIDIA Control Panel Process

NVidia Control Panel may open after you restart the process.

Step 1 – Launch Task Manager by right-clicking your Taskbar and choosing Task Manager (or pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc)

Step 2 – Click on More details and go to Processes and search for NVIDIA Control Panel Process (nviplui.exe). Right-click it and select End Task.

Step 3 – Do the same for other NVIDIA processes, such as NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component (nvxdsync.exe).

Step 4 – Go to Desktop or Start Menu and launch again the NVIDIA Control Panel Process to see if this fix worked.

Extra Info and Tips: Alternatively, you can end the Nvidia Display Container process, which may have glitched and caused your NVIDIA Control Panel not to open. To do this, follow Step 1 and at Step 2 search instead for Nvidia Display Container process. Right-click it and select End Task. Repeat Step 4.

Fix 4: Open Nvidia Control Panel Directly from the Installation directory

Another easy fix would be to try and open Nvidia Control Panel directly from the folder where the app is installed.

Step 1 – Head over to the (C) drive in your PC and go to Program Files. Look for NVIDIA Corporation and enter the Control Panel Client folder.

Step 2 – Run the file nvcplui.exe

The file should open Nvidia Control Panel with no problem.

Extra Info and Tips: You can also create a shortcut of this app to the desktop so you can easily access Nvidia Control Panel: right-click nvcplui.exe and choose Send To -> Desktop (create shortcut).

Alternatively, you can force Nvidia Control Panel to start with your system by putting the same shortcut in the Menu Programs Start Up directory, which can be found here: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

Fix 5: Set Highest Resolution

Some users claim that changing to a higher resolution may fix your NVIDIA Control Panel.

Step 1 – Right-click on your Dekstop and head over to Display settings.

Step 2 – Change the resolution to a higher value, usually the one with the (recommended) option.

Step 3 – Go to Desktop or Start Menu and launch again the NVIDIA Control Panel process to see if this fix worked.

Fix 6: Registry Fix

If none of the fixes above worked, try registry fix. However, backup your registry beforehand.

Step 1 – Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows key + R and writing regedit. Press Enter. Accept the windows prompt that asks you if you allow this app to make changes in your PC.

Step 2 – In the bar with Computer type this key:


Step 3 – Find NvCplDesktopContext, right-click on it, and choose to Delete it.

Step 4 – Head over to the same bar and type this key:


Step 5 – Right-click on Shell, add a New > Key with the following name: Nvidia Control Panel.

Step 6 – Right-click on Nvidia Control Panel and then add a New > Key with the following name: command.

Step 7 – Double click on the default value and write the following key: C:\Windows\System32\nvcplui.exe

Step 8 – Click OK

Step 9 – Restart your PC, go to Desktop, right-click and select NVIDIA Control Panel to see if this fix worked.

Fix 7: Update VC++ Redistributable and .NET Framework

An update to Visual C++ and .NET Framework may fix this problem. Head over to Microsoft’s page here to get the latest .NET Framework and here to get the latest VC++ version.

Fix 8: Turn off Quick Boot

The PC may use the quick boot feature to start up faster. However, some third-party services may not properly work because of this feature.

Step 1 – Restart your PC and before it boots press the key that shows up on your screen to enter BIOS. There may be various keys, such as: Esc, Delete, F2 to F8, F10 or F12. Usually, Delete is the most common key to enter BIOS.

Step 2 – Enter the PCs BIOS settings and turn off Quick Startup/Quick Boot.

Step 3 – Let your PC boot and go to Desktop, right-click and select NVIDIA Control Panel to see if this fix worked.

Fix 9: Nvidia Control panel may be hidden

Check if Nvidia Control panel is hidden. This usually happens when the NVIDIA graphics card software is updated.

Step 1 – Press Windows + R keys and write Control, then press Enter

Step 2 – Choose the option View by: Large icons and double click on the NVIDIA Control Panel option

Step 3 – Go to Desktop (or View) and select Add Desktop Context Menu and Show Notification Tray Icon (if you also want to see the control panel in System Tray).

Step 4 – Go to your Desktop, right click anywhere and see if the NVIDIA Control Panel has appeared.

Final Tips

If none of these fixes helped, some users were able to fix this issue by disabling their antivirus that is interfering or blocking Nvidia Control Panel.

Other issues regarding Nvidia Control Panel have been solved with the above-mentioned fixes. Here’s what else these solutions can fix:

  • Nvidia Control Panel is not working Windows 7 64 bit
  • Cannot find Nvidia Control Panel
  • Nvidia Control Panel is missing or not showing
  • Nvidia Control Panel will not launch

If you’ve tried all our fixes, then Nvidia Control Panel should be working by now.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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