What is NVIDIA Control Panel?
NVIDIA Control Panel is a hardware control application developed by NVIDIA. When an NVIDIA video card driver is installed on a computer, a Control Panel will automatically come with the driver. It provides NVIDIA video card users with an interface to adjust the driver settings and change the configuration of their NVIDIA hardware.
What to do when my NVIDIA Control Panel is missing?
Many NVIDIA graphics adapter users have reported that they could not find the NVIDIA Control Panel on their Windows computer. They used to be able to find their NVIDIA Control Panel on the desktop context menu. But now they can’t find it there (and some users can’t find it even in Windows Control Panel). This usually happens when upgrading from a previous version of Windows or waking their computer from sleep mode.
You may be very annoyed when you get this problem. You can’t adjust your NVIDIA graphics preferences without this Control Panel. And you may want to find a method to bring it back.
But don’t worry. Here are a few methods that can help you fix this problem. They have helped many NVIDIA graphics users, and may now be able to help you.
Methods to fix the NVIDIA Control Panel missing problem:
Your NVIDIA Control Panel may be hidden by Windows during the upgrade from a previous version or by software that has accidentally changed the graphics settings. You can open NVIDIA Control Panel in Windows Control Panel and then show it in your desktop context menu. To do so:
1) Press the Windows logo key and R on your keyboard to invoke the Run dialog.
2) Type “control” in the Run dialog and press Enter on your keyboard. This will open Control Panel (of Windows).
3) In Control Panel, under View by, select Large icons.
4) Select NVIDIA Control Panel.
5) In NVIDIA Control Panel, click View or Desktop, and then check Add Desktop Context Menu.
6) Right-click your desktop and see if your NVIDIA control panel reappears in the desktop context menu.
If the methods above can’t help you, or you can’t see NVIDIA Control Panel even in Windows Control Panel, you need to update your graphics driver. In most cases, NVIDIA Control Panel disappears because you are using the wrong graphics driver or it is out of date. So you should verify that your graphics adapter has the correct driver, and update it if it doesn’t.
If you’re not comfortable playing around with drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can download and install your drivers by using either Free or Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes only 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
1) Download and Install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click on the Update button next to your NVIDIA graphics adapter to download the latest and correct driver for this device. You can also click the Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all outdated or missing drivers on your computer (this requires the Pro version — you will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
4) Restart your computer. Then check to see if you have brought your NVIDIA Control Panel back.
If updating driver can’t help you, you may need to reinstall it completely. There may be corrupted driver files that simple uninstallation can’t get rid of. You need to clear all the files before you install the new driver.
You can also use Driver Easy to reinstall your driver (also Pro required). To do so:
1) Open Driver Easy and select Tools.
2) Select Driver Uninstall. Click your NVIDIA graphics driver in the Display adapters category and then click the Uninstall button. Your graphics driver will be removed soon.
3) Restart your computer. Then open File Explorer (on your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E).
4) Go to C:Program Files (x86) and C:Program Files, then delete all the NVIDIA folders.
5) Then you can use Driver Easy to re-install the NVIDIA graphics driver.
6) Check to see if this fixes your problem.