Many NVIDIA graphics card users reported the “NVIDIA Control Panel not showing” problem. This control panel that allows users to control the properties of the NVIDIA graphics card installed on their computer disappears from the context menu of the desktop, the Start menu, or the desktop. This could be due to a bad graphics card driver, due to the latest updates, missing subkeys, and registry values, or a random error here and there.
There are several ways to restore the Control Panel, but some of these solutions may seem long and complicated. In that case, you should follow the rest of the article to find solutions to solve the problem.
1.Unhide NVIDIA Control Panel:
If you cannot find NVIDIA Control Panel on your desktop Context Menu or start menu, there is a strong possibility it might have hidden. This problem always arises when you update NVIDIA graphics card software. Now we can see how to get NVIDIA control Panel back in the context menu.
Step 1: Open Control Panel. You can do this by pressing Windows + R keys at a time. Now type Control in the box and press Enter
Step 2: In the Control Panel, under View options, select large icons. Now double click on NVIDIA control panel option.
Step 3: Search for Desktop or view menu in the menu bar. Click on it and select Add Desktop Context Menu
Step 4: Now go to Pc’s desktop and see and the NVIDIA Control Panel appears in the Desktop Context menu.
2. Restart NVIDIA Services to fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Issue:
Sometimes it is common that the NVIDIA control panel goes missing from Desktop Context Menu and also from the system tray. Another simple method to solve this problem is to restart the NVIDIA specific services. To restart these services follow the given steps below.
Step 1: Open the Run Box which can be done by pressing Windows + R keys together. Now type services.msc in the box and press Enter
Step 2: Now the services window is opened. Here you can find all the services running on your PC. In that list, look for the names starting with NVIDIA. Select all Nvidia Services and click the restart button available on the left side of the window.
3. Update NVIDIA Graphics driver to Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Issue:
If still, you can see the NVIDIA Control Panel, you have to update the drivers. To update the drives, do the following steps:
Step 1: On your keyboard press Windows + X keys together. A menu pops u. In that menu, Click on Device Manager option to open it.
Step 2: Now in Device Managers, search for Display adapters option Expand it and look for NVIDIA graphics card driver. Right click on it and click Update driver option
Step 3: A new window opens, click on Search automatically for updated driver software option. This will search for an updated driver and installs it if it is not available.
5. Reinstall NVIDIA Graphics driver:
If updating NVIDIA Graphics driver does not work for you, you can try reinstalling the drivers. Here are the steps to do so:
Step 1: On your keyboard press Windows + X keys together. A menu pops up. In that menu, Click on Device Manager option to open it.
Step 2: Now in Device Managers, search for Display adapters option Expand it and look for NVIDIA graphics card driver. Right click on it and click Uninstall device option
Step 3: After uninstalling the existing driver, visit NVIDIA Download Drivers webpage. In that choose your Product Type, Product series and your computer configuration to download the latest available drivers for your graphics card. Once you downloaded it, Install the driver on your PC
6. Manually launch NVIDIA Control Panel to get back NVIDIA missing Control Pane:
Until you can find a permanent solution, you can also manually try to start the NVIDIA control panel on your system to fix the problem. Here are the steps to manually start and create a shortcut on the NVIDIA control panel desktop:
Step 1: Open the My Computer folder. Go to the C Drive folder and look for the Program Files folder. In the Program Files folder, you will find the NVIDIA Corporation folder. If you can not find the NVIDIA Corporations folder, look for it in the Program Files folder (x86). Once in the NVIDIA Corporation folder, open the Control Panel client. In this folder, locate the nvcplui file.
Step 2: Right-click on the nvcplui file and click on the Run as administrator option. You can also create a shortcut on the NVIDIA control panel desktop from the nvcplui pop-up menu.
Although Method # 4 and Method # 5 are the definitive solution to fix the missing NVIDIA Control Panel in Windows 10, you should always start with the methods shown at the top of the article. If these methods also fail, try creating a query in the NVIDIA forum. Until then, it is possible to use method n. 6 to manually open the NVIDIA Control Panel and access the graphics options.