How to Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Error


Many people across the world use NVIDIA graphics cards. NVIDIA GPUs provide many customizable options for users. These cards are used in deep learning, artificial intelligence, etc. And artificial intelligence has several uses like weather prediction, self-driving vehicles, and many more.

The NVIDIA control panel controls NVIDIA graphic cards. However, many NVIDIA graphic card users have reported that their NVIDIA control panel is missing from their Windows.

What Causes NVIDIA Control Panel Missing Error?

Maybe you’re wondering the cause behind this error. Although there is no direct cause of this error, there can be several causes. Some of the causes that might be causing the issue are:

  • Graphics card driver issues: There might be some issues with your graphic card driver. For example, if your graphic card is outdated, it might cause a problem while playing modern games. You might also face errors due to corrupted driver files or due to compatibility issues. If there is an issue with your graphic card, it will get resolved by updating the driver.
  • Windows update: There is a possibility that your graphic card driver is not compatible with your Windows or with your system. This generally happens when you update your Windows.
  • Missing or incorrect Registry entries: Sometimes, there may be missing or incorrect registry entries. As the registry is used to control many settings on your computer, it can cause the control panel not to appear on your computer. If you want to correct your registry entry, you can use the registry editor for that purpose.
  • Corrupt NVIDIA Control Panel: There is the possibility that your NVIDIA control panel is corrupt. It would help if you reinstalled the control panel to fix this issue.
  • Other errors: The NVIDIA control panel might be missing due to some general Windows 10 viruses or errors.

Method 1 – Manually launch NVIDIA Control Panel

This fix might not be the permanent solution for this issue. But for the time being, you can try to launch the NVIDIA Control Panel to manually fix this issue. The steps to manually launch the NVIDIA Control Panel are listed below:

Step 1: At first, open the My Computer folder, and then go to C Drive.

Step 2: Further, click on the Program Files folder and then look for the NVIDIA Corporation folder. If you don’t find the NVIDIA Corporation folder in Program Files, check for the same in the Program Files (x86) folder.

Step 3: Let’s move ahead; once you have found the NVIDIA Corporation folder, click on it. Now open the control panel client.

Step 4: Now it is time to look for nvcplui file. Once you find this file, right-click on it.

Step 5: Finally, click on the Run as Administrator option.

You can also create a desktop shortcut of the NVIDIA Control Panel as you right-click on nvcplui.

Method – 2 Reinstall NVIDIA Control Panel App from Microsoft Store

If the issue is not fixed, it is better to reinstall the Control Panel Application from Microsoft Store. Here are the steps to reinstall NVIDIA Control Panel application.

Step 1: Firstly, click on the Start button, and then open settings by clicking on the gear-shaped icon.

Step 2: Further, click on the Apps icon.

Step 3: Let’s move ahead; now look for the Apps and Features icon in the left menu. After you find it out, click on it.

Step 4: In the search box present, search for Nvidia Control Panel. Uninstall the NVIDIA Control Panel if it is already present on your computer.

Step 5: Finally, go to Microsoft Store and install the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Method 3 – Permanent Solution to NVIDIA Control Panel Missing by NVIDIA Support

If you tried the above methods, but none of them worked, and you’re still facing the error, then there is a permanent solution to this issue that NVIDIA has provided, which you can use if the other methods cannot fix the error. Here are the steps which you need to follow.

Step 1: At first, open the My Computer folder, and then go to C Drive.

Step 2: Further, click on the Program Files(x86) folder and then look for the NVIDIA Corporation folder. If you don’t find the NVIDIA Corporation folder in Program Files(x86), check for the same in the Program Files folder.

Step 3: Now, open Display.NvContainer folder. After you open it, you will find a file named Display.NvContainer. Right-click on the same and click on the Copy option.

Step 4: Let’s move ahead. Now press Windows+R keys. As you press these keys together, it will open the Run box. In the Run box, type shell: startup and click on the OK button.

Step 5: As you press the OK button, a Startup folder opens. Now paste the file that you copied in Step 3.

Step 6: Now it’s time to select the Properties option by right-clicking on the Display—NvContainer file.

Step 7: Finally, it’s time to go to the Compatibility tab in the Properties window. Now you need to select the option ‘Run this program as an Administrator.’ Now press the OK button.

It would help if you restarted your PC as soon as you complete these steps, and you will finally find the NVIDIA Control Panel back on your desktop screen.


Many people face this issue in Windows 10. Go through the above article to find the best-suited solution for your problem. They are the most effective methods to solve the issue of “NVIDIA Control Panel not showing.” If one method does not work, then you can always try the other method. If still, you get the error, then try the permanent solution. Make sure you follow all the steps carefully to attain the desired result.