Graphic cards are extremely popular among gamers and graphic artists today. They help them have an excellent gaming and rendering experience respectively. Nvidia is a very popular name in the world of graphic cards. The company is known for its high-quality products and ability to deliver optimized experiences for different user needs. At times, you may want to configure the settings of your graphic card. For this, you will need to go to the Nvidia control panel. However, you may not be able to find it. This may happen due to several reasons.
You won’t be able to optimize the settings of the graphic card according to your preferences if you are unable to access the control panel. Even if this does happen, you can easily fix the issue. You’ll master several techniques to resolve this issue by reading this blog.
Possible Reasons You Can’t See the Control Panel
Before we start explaining how you can resolve the Nvidia control panel missing issue, you must know why it happens in the first place. This may likely happen due to the following reasons:
- Outdated Drivers
- Outdated Windows
- Incorrect/Missing Windows Registry Entries
- Corrupt Panel of Nvidia
- Common Bugs
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How to Fix the Nvidia Control Panel Missing Issue?
Now, let’s read about the several techniques you can use to resolve this issue once and for all. They are as follows.
Fix #1: Unhide the Control Panel
Human error can be the cause of the issue at times. You may have hidden the control panel by mistake. You can follow the steps below to unhide it.
- Type “Control Panel” in the search bar at the left bottom of the screen and open it.
- Type “Nvidia Control Panel” in the search bar at the top right corner of the “Control Panel”.
- Open the “Nvidia Control Panel” and click on the “Desktop” tab.
- Make sure to check both the “Add Desktop Content Menu” and “Show Notification Tray Icon”.
- Now, you’ll be able to access the Nvidia control panel from the system tray. You can also access it by right-clicking on the desktop and clicking on the “Nvidia Control Panel” option.
Fix #2: Restart All Nvidia Services
At times, small bugs may be responsible for the disappearance of the Nvidia control panel. The computer is working on a lot of tasks and it may not display the control panel for your graphic card. In such a case, simply restart Nvidia services and the problem may resolve on its own.
- Press the Windows key and “R” together to open “Run”.
- Type “services.msc” (no quotation marks) and click “OK”. The Services window will open.
- Here, look for the “Nvidia Display Container LS” service. Right-click and choose the “Restart” option.
- Do the same for Nvidia LocalSystem Container, Nvidia Telemetry Container, and Nvidia NetworkService Container.
- After completing this activity, check if the control panel is visible or not.
Fix #3: Open the Control Panel Manually
Well, the good news is that you can open the control panel manually. Follow the steps below to do so:
- Open the “Task Manager” by right-clicking on the home screen and choosing it from the options in the context menu.
- Click on “More Details” to maximize the window.
- Click on the “Processes” tab. Now, keep scrolling down until you find the “Nvidia Container”. Different versions of this process may be present here which is okay.
- Right-click any of them and choose “Open file location”.
- Now, you will reach the destination folder.
- You can also navigate directly to C:\Program Files\Nvidia Corporation.
- Here, search for nvcplui.exe. Right-click on this file and run it as administrator. You may have to enter your account password.
- After this, the control panel may start appearing in your system tray. Also, check the desktop context menu.
Fix #4: Do Not Overclock Your GPU
There are many blogs present on the internet that support the overclocking of GPUs. While this is a very common activity and tech enthusiasts overclock their devices to experience top performance from their PCs, it does not come without a price. Overclocking your PC will result in better processor and graphic card performance but it may contribute to issues in the long run. The computers may break down while working extremely hard to deliver you its best performance. An overclocked GPU may even be the primary cause of a missing Nvidia control panel. The reason is not known yet, but according to certain users, the control panel reappeared once they disabled the overclocking on their GPUs.
The Nvidia graphic card is an excellent device to boost the graphical performance of your computer. It can also help you watch movies in HD and play heavy games. If the Nvidia control panel disappears, you can easily find it and make it reappear in the system tray by unhiding the control panel, restarting Nvidia services, or disabling the overclocking on your computer’s GPU. Have a great time using your powerful graphic card!