NVIDIA Control Panel Missing [Fixed]

The NVIDIA Control Panel is installed on almost all desktops and laptops with Nvidia graphics technology. To access the NVIDIA Control Panel, right-click anywhere on the Windows desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel. 

The Nvidia Control Panel may disappear or refuse to launch if there are issues with the Nvidia driver installation. Incomplete driver installation, missing Nvidia graphics can also stop the NVIDIA Control Panel from being displayed.

Now let’s discuss a few of the causes and solutions to a missing NVIDIA Control Panel.

Why is NVIDIA Control Panel Missing?

Some common reasons the NVIDIA driver is missing are as follows 

  • No Nvidia graphics
  • Outdated graphic driver
  • The issue with the Windows update
  • Not included in Control Panel
  • Removed by Windows update
  • Incorrect registry editor

How to Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Missing?

Here are a few things you can try to fix the NVIDIA Control Panel missing issue.

Manual Download and Install

The latest version of Windows doesn’t include the NVIDIA Control Panel anymore. You have to download and install the Control Panel from Microsoft Store manually.

You can follow these steps to download the Control Panel from the Microsoft Store.

  1. Click on the Start menu and type Microsoft Store
  2. Now, search for the NVIDIA Control panelnvidia control panel on store
  3. Click on Install

Note: The NVIDIA Control Panel will not open if the computer does not detect NVIDIA Graphic Card.

Unhide NVIDIA Control Panel

Sometimes, the control panel setting may change when we install the latest Windows version. This can hide the NVIDIA Control panel from the desktop.

To unhide the Control Panel, follow these steps.

  1. Click on the Start menu, and open Control Panel.
  2. On the top-right section of the dialog box, select View by as Large icons.
  3. Click on NVIDIA Control Panel. The NVIDIA Control Panel will open.
  4. Click on View (or Desktop). And then check the Add Desktop Context Menu.add deskotop context menu
  5. Close the dialog box. Right-click on the desktop to see if the NVIDIA Control Panel appears in the desktop context menu

Update/Reinstall Graphic Driver

A driver helps the device communicate and performs as per the requirement of the Operating System. If the driver is outdated, the OS and the device cannot communicate. Therefore, updating the NVIDIA driver can solve the issue with the missing Control Panel.

To update your driver:

  1. Press the Windows + X key and go to Device Manager.
  2. Expand the Display drivers.
  3. Right-click the NVIDIA driver and select Update Driver.update nvidia driver  

If you want to reinstall the graphics driver, right-click the NVIDIA driver and click uninstall the driver. If the processor you are using is Intel, once the NVIDIA driver is uninstalled, the OS uses Intel’s integrated graphics card to display anything on the screen.

To install the latest NVIDIA driver, you can download the NVIDIA driver automatically from the NVIDIA website. Go to the website and select the type of Graphic Card you are using along with the computer’s OS. Then, click on search.

search nvidia drivers

The site will display the driver for your device. Now, click on download.

Once the download is complete, open the executable (.exe) file to install the graphic driver.

Disable Integrated GPU And Enable Dedicated GPU

Sometimes, the integrated graphics on the Intel processors can cause issues with the dedicated graphic card.

If the computer has an integrated graphics card enabled and dedicated graphics disabled, it may use the integrated graphic as a display driver. In this case, your computer will not use the NVIDIA driver, and it will not display the NVIDIA Control Panel.

To disable the integrated GPU, follow these steps.

  1. Press the Windows + X key and click on Device Manager. Expand the Display drivers. Right-click on Intel ® UHD XXX and press disable the device. (here, XXX represents the mode number of the integrated graphic driver)disable intel graphics card
  2. Once this driver is disabled, the computer will recalibrate the screen.
  3. Then right-click on the NVIDIA Driver, and select enable device.  
  4. Again, the OS will recalibrate your monitor.

Now, right-click on the desktop to see if the NVIDIA Control Panel appears on the desktop context menu.

Update the Windows

An outdated Windows will have a lot of defects, and some compatibility issues with the driver can cause the NVIDIA Control Panel Missing error. You can try updating Windows to the latest version to solve the missing Control Panel issue.

You can follow these steps to update your Windows.

Click on the Start menu and Settings > Windows Update (Security and Update for Windows 10). Click on Check for updates or Install Updates. Once the download is complete, restart the computer to install the updates.

windows update

Restore Windows Registry

Windows stores all its configuration information in a database called the registry. If you have backed up the registry, we can fix the internal issue with the OS and the application by restoring that backup file. You can follow these steps to restore the Registry.

  1. If you have backed up the registry file, it has a .reg extension. Usually, you can find the backup in the root folder for the C drive.
  2. Once located, open the REG file.
  3. Click Yes.
  4. You will get a dialog box with a message saying, “the keys and values contained on [REG file] have been successfully added to the registry.” Click OK.
  5. Restart your computer.

Alternately you can also follow these steps to restore the registry.

  1. Press the Windows + R key and type “Regedit” without the quotation mark. The Registry Editor dialog box will open.
  2. Go to File > Importregedit file
  3. Then, select the backup file and click on Open
  4. You will get a dialog box with a message saying, “the keys and values contained on [REG file] have been successfully added to the registry.” Click OK.
  5. Restart your computer.

Note: Do not change any Registry Editor value. If these values are changed randomly, you cannot boot into the Operating System.

Restart Nvidia Services

Several services are constantly functioning in the background to keep the application running on your computer. These services can sometimes stop working due to memory management issues which causes a service to malfunction.

For the control panel to reappear, you may need to restart NVIDIA services.

Please follow these steps to restart your NVIDIA services.

  1. Press the Windows + R key
  2. Type “services.msc” without the quotation mark and press Enter. This will open a Services dialog box.
  3. Please search for the NVIDIA Display Container LS and right-click on it.Nvidia container
  4. Click on Restart.
  5. Restart all NVIDIA services in the list.

Once this step is complete, right-click the desktop and check for the NVIDIA control panel.

Solution By NVIDIA

Since the missing driver issue is a hassle for many NVIDIA users, NVIDIA itself came up with a solution to fix the problem. 

  1. Go to C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NvContainer and copy the container file.nvidia container path
  2. Go to C:\Users\(Your Username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and paste the file you copied.
  1. Now, right-click the container file and select “Properties
  2. Navigate to the “Compatibility” tab and check the “Run this program as an administrator” option.
  3. Click on Apply, then Ok
  4. Restart the PC.

Set NVIDIA Graphic Card as Default in BIOS

The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) has access to all internal and external hardware. Using the BIOS, you can set the NVIDIA graphics card as the computer’s default display unit. If the computer uses an Intel processor, the OS uses the Intels dedicated graphics as its default display unit.

Follow these steps to set the discrete graphic card (dedicated graphic) as default.

  1. Start the computer and press the Del key (may vary according to the manufacturer) to enter BIOS.
  2. Use the arrow keys to navigate through BIOS.
  3. Go to Advanced > Built-in Devices > Graphics.
  4. Select Discrete Graphics (or uncheck Enable Switchable graphics). Then, click on Save changes and exit BIOS.discrete graphics


Is NVIDIA Graphic Driver Necessary?

This depends on what type of task you do on the computer. If you use it for gaming, then you will definitely need an NVIDIA graphic driver. The NVIDIA driver, when installed, lets you use the graphical memory provided by the NVIDIA graphics card.

However, if you only use the computer for general purposes, the integrated graphics will be enough. 

Can I Play Games Without NVIDIA Drivers?

You might be able to run some games on medium/low settings without NVIDIA Drivers if your processor has decent integrated graphics. But, if the game uses a lot of graphics memory, then the integrated graphics cannot handle GPU-intensive games.

What Happens if I Uninstall NVIDIA Driver?

We don’t recommend uninstalling the NVIDIA driver because your OS will run with the basic display driver with default resolution once you do it. The computer will revert you to onboard graphics from your CPU. Also, you will only be able to use one monitor at your Windows support resolution.

You cannot run graphic-intensive games as they depend solely on the GPU. However, you can reinstall the driver pretty easily. To install the latest NVIDIA driver, you can download the NVIDIA driver automatically from the NVIDIA website.

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