Fix NVIDIA control panel not showing In Windows 10 / 11 [Solved]

Many NVIDIA Graphics Card users have reported NVIDIA Control Panel not showingissue. This control panel that lets users control properties of NVIDIA Graphics Card installed on users PC goes missing from Desktop Context menu, Start menu, or from Desktop out of the blue. This could be a result of a faulty graphics card driver, because of latest updates, missing registry subkeys and values, or some random error here and there.


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If your NVIDIA Control Panel is missing as well, do not panic. Give the following methods to fix missing NVIDIA Control Panel in Windows 10 a try, and you will be all set.

Methods To Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing

The following steps include basic troubleshooting as well as some advanced techniques. Do not skip the advanced ones if the easier ones do not help to get back your missing NVIDIA Control Panel.

#1 – Restart NVIDIA Services To fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Issue

It may happen that NVIDIA Control Panel went missing from the Desktop context menu as well as the System Tray. Another basic method for you to try is to restart the NVIDIA specific services. Let us see how to restart these services on your PC:

Step 1: Open the Run box by pressing Windows + R keys together. Now, type services.msc in the Run box and press Enter button.


Services Nvidia Control Panel Missing Windows 10


Step 2: This will open the Services window. Here, you will find all the running services on your PC. In the list of services, look for services whose name start with NVIDIA. Select each NVIDIA service and click on the Restart button available on the left side of the window.

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If the service is not running, right click and click on Start.

If it gives an Error 14109 with message saying windows cannot start Nvidia Display Container Service, follow the steps below.

1. Right click on Start button and Click on Device manager to open it.

Device Manager

2. Expand Display Adaptors.

3. Right click and Uninstall Nvidia driver.

Uninstall Nvidia Geforce

4. Restart your PC.


See if this method brought back the missing NVIDIA Control Panel. If it didn’t, restart your PC and check again. If nothing happens, try the next method.

#2 – install Nvidia Control panel App from Microsoft store

1 – Go to This Nvidia Control panel install Link in Microsoft store and install it.

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#3 – Open Nvidia Control panel from the search

1 – Just search Nvidia Control panel from the search located in Taskbar.

2 – Now, Click on Desktop Tab from the Nvidia control panel which just opens up and then make sure Add desktop context menu is selected. If it is not selected, select it.

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#3 – Manually Launch NVIDIA Control Panel to get back Missing NVIDIA Control Panel

Till the time you cannot find a permanent fix, you could also try to manually launch the NVIDIA Control Panel on your system to fix the issue. Here are the steps to follow to manually launch and create desktop shortcut of NVIDIA Control Panel:

Step 1: Open My Computer folder. There, go to C Drive folder and look for Program Files folder. In the Program Files folder, you will find NVIDIA Corporation folder. If you can’t find NVIDIA Corporations folder in there, look for the same in Program Files (x86) folder. Once you are in NVIDIA Corporation folder, open the Control Panel Client. In this folder look for nvcplui file.


Step 2: Right-click on the nvcplui file and click on Run as administrator option.

You can also create a Desktop Shortcut of the NVIDIA Control Panel from the right-click menu of nvcplui.

#4 – Unhide NVIDIA Control Panel

If you can’t find NVIDIA Control Panel on your Desktop Context Menu or Start Menu, there’s a possibility it might be hidden. This happens mostly when you update the NVIDIA graphics card software. Let ‘s see how to get back NVIDIA Control Panel with the following steps:

Step 1: Open the Control Panel. To do so, press Windows + R keys at a time, type Control in the Run box, and press Enter.


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Step 2: In the Control Panel that opens, view the options by Large Icons, then double click on the NVIDIA Control Panel option.


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Step 3: Look for Desktop or View menu, click on it, then select the Add Desktop Context Menu option from the drop-down.


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Go to your PC’s Desktop and see if the NVIDIA Control Panel appears in the Desktop context menu.


#5 – Permanent Solution to NVIDIA Control Panel Missing by NVIDIA Support

Even though other methods were capable of fixing the missing NVIDIA Control Panel, some users reported they were getting this error again and again. So, NVIDIA support provided a permanent solution to this issue. Follow these simple steps to give this method a try:

Step 1: Open My Computer and follow the below-given folder path:

Program Files (x86)

NVIDIA Corporation


Note: If you cannot locate the NVIDIA folder in Program Files (x86) folder, look for it in Program Files folder.

Step 2: In the Display.NvContainer folder, you will find a file named Display.NvContainer. Right click on it and slect the Copy option.


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Step 3: Open Startup Folder. To do that, Press Windows + R keys together and open Run box. In the Run box, type shell:startup and press Enter button.


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Step 4: In the Startup folder that opened, do a right-click and Paste the copied Display.NvContainer file.


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Step 5: Right-click on the Display.NvContainer file you pasted in Startup folder, and select the Properties option.

Step 6: In the Properties window, go to the Compatibility tab. There, you will get a Run this program as administrator checkmark option; select it. Then click Ok to apply the settings.


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After completing these steps, restart your PC to find the missing NVIDIA Control Panel back on your desktop context menu and system tray.

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

If the above method didn’t work for you, then there must be a driver problem. In such case, go to Device Manager and update your NVIDIA Graphics Driver to fix missing NVIDIA Control Panel in Windows 10. Follow these steps:

Step 1: On your keyboard, press the Windows + X keys together to open Win + X menu. From the menu, click on Device Manager option to open it.


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Step 2: In Device Manager, look for Display adapters option. Expand it to find NVIDIA graphics card driver. Right-click on the driver and click on Update driver option.


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Step 3: A new window will open; click on Search automatically for updated driver software option. This will automatically look for a driver update and install it if available. If no update is available, it will inform you that as well.


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If the update didn’t help the case of missing NVIDIA Control Panel, try reinstalling the driver.


#7 – Reinstall NVIDIA Graphics Driver

Updating the NVIDIA Graphic Driver didn’t work for you? Try reinstalling it if you cannot find NVIDIA Control Panel in the desktop context menu and system tray. Here are the steps that will help you do so:

Step 1: Open the Device Manager by pressing Windows + X keys together, and selecting Device Manager from the list that appears.


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Step 2: Expand the Display adapters option from the list of drivers in Device Manager. Right-click on the NVIDIA Graphics Card driver and select the Uninstall device option.


Uninstall Nvidia Control Panel Missing Windows 10


Step 3: After successfully uninstalling the driver, go to NVIDIA – Download Drivers webpage. There, select the appropriate Product Type, Product Series, and Product options from the respective drop-down menus according to your computer’s configuration to download the latest driver. Once downloaded, install the driver on your PC.


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Restart your PC and see if the NVIDIA Control Panel is available now in the Desktop context menu and system tray.



Although the method #4 and method #5 are the ultimate solution to fix NVIDIA Control Panel missing in Windows 10, you should always begin with the methods mentioned at the top of the article. If these methods also fail for you, try raising a query on NVIDIA Forum. Till then, you can use Method #6 to manually open NVIDIA Control Panel and access the graphics options.

24 thoughts on “Fix NVIDIA control panel not showing In Windows 10 / 11 [Solved]”

  1. Thank you SO much! #4 worked for me. It was unchecked this whole time. I could have saved so much time by searching here first, instead of uninstalling and reinstalling multiple versions of Nvidia drivers.

  2. Specs:
    Windows 10 x64
    AMD A8-7650k
    8gigs of ram
    Nvidia geforce gt 1030

    solutions #1 – #6 doesn’t work. Downloaded a driver from solution #7, but the installer said
    “This NVIDIA graphics driver is not compatible with this version of Windows”
    “This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware

  3. hi i have a prblm i dont find anything named with nvidia in all of this steps (i downloaded nvidia controll panel to)

  4. Just did the first method. And NVIDIA Control Panel reappeared. Thanks alot bro. Love you. <3

  5. thank you so much really worked ..i spent 2 days in finding solution on Internet..but nothing worked .thank you so much for this post it helped me a lot.
    thanks…keep it up …

  6. just download the nvidia control panel from microsoft store app the nvidia control panel should go to the computer system so you must check your store app setting to download it on your system disk

  7. hi, i have a lenovo think pad yoga 260 signature running intel graphic settings. i need to set up and use nvidia control panel for gaming purposes. i have downloaded the software and installed it. however i receive a pop up message saying that Nvidia display settings are not available. have gone in to my laptop bios but i cannot find where to make the graphic card “switchable” for me to be able to run Nvidia as well as intel. could you help me anyhow?
    thank you

  8. As of 2020/4 none of the above works on the latest Win10 x64 1909 Enterprise!
    I found that installer is NOT installing or copying the Control Panel to force you download the crap Windows Store / .NET Core version!
    Of course new Windows Store based on .NET Core will have the same destiny as Windows Mobile platform!
    Our 2 decade of development on .NET FW was replaced by .NET Core in 1 night by some genius Indians in MS!
    And they wanna force installations from the store by such amoral methods!

  9. I’ve done and tried everything, nothing works. The app from the Microsoft store, I can click to install and it says starting download but it’ll be stuck and then the progress bar disappears.

  10. When I open my NVIDIA Control Panel, Its pop-ups (Windows Cannot Access Specified Device Path Or File. You May Not Have Appropriate Permissions to access the item.) Can I know how to fix it?

  11. I had the “buy” the app for $0.00 on the app store before it would let me download and install. That seems to have worked, at least for now.

  12. It fixed the problem but after restarting the pc the problem occur again and again. It fix but once u turn off pc and turn on it happens again as if i dint fixed anything.

  13. #3 should be the #1!
    In the past the NVCP was installed by the driver. Now it isn’t… You need to install it from the M$ Store.
    That simple.

  14. Thank you, restarting NVIDIA services fixed it for me. I hope everyone else who has the control panel problem looks at this website, the official NVIDIA forum didn’t work.

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