Is the NVIDIA Control Panel Not Opening? Here’s A Helpful Guide to Follow

Is the NVIDIA Control Panel Not Opening? Here’s A Helpful Guide to Follow

/ Andrew Holdeman

The devices we spend our hard-earned money on seem to be optimum performance based when we purchase them, but we can still make slight adjustments along the way. The NVIDIA display container process allows us to adjust our hardware and how minor and significant processes function.

Although this seems extremely useful, like some great tools, NVIDIA can run into the error of needing the ability to open the control panel. This article will provide high percentage solutions to help you regain access to the NVIDIA driver page.

 Update NVIDIA drivers

 NVIDIA control panel is specialized to get a hold of graphics in gaming consoles and PCs. For installing the control panel, you need specific graphic cards and drivers to support NVIDIA functioning on your device. All settings linked to resolution, colors, image quality, and 3D applications are controlled by NVIDIA.

As mentioned earlier, running an NVIDIA control panel needs compatible drivers, and any outdated driver would impede normal functioning and result in an NVIDIA control panel not opening error. Drivers can be updated manually and automatically. Here are the steps to update NVIDIA drivers. 

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Update drivers manually:

Step 1: Launch the ‘Run’ utility by clicking the windows key+R on the keyboard. In the Run command box, type ‘dxdiag’ and click ‘OK’ to continue. 

Step 2: will launch the DirectX Diagnostics tool and provide information about your system. 

Step 3: In the DirectX Diagnostics tool menu, select the ‘display’ tab and select ‘device.’ In the next window, note down the name and manufacturer of the graphic card and launch the manufacturer’s website. 

graphics card version

Step 4: In the download menu, select the compatible driver for your device and click download to complete the action. Restart your device to reboot it, along with the new driver settings. 


Update Nvidia Display driver Automatically:

Step 1: Launch the ‘Run’ utility via windows key+ R on the keyboard and type devmgmt. msc in the run command box. Click ‘ok’ to continue. It will launch the device manager. Otherwise, launch ‘device manager’ by right-clicking the windows icon and selecting device manager from the list. 

device manager

Step 2: In the device manager menu, expand the option of ‘display adapters.’ A list of drivers will appear. Right-click the targeted driver and select ‘update driver’ from the drop-down list. 

updating graphics driver

Step 3: in the next window, select the option of ‘Search automatically for updated driver software.’ It will automatically search for the compatible driver and download it on the device.

automatically search graphics driver

Restart NVIDIA Display Driver Service.

To successfully run on the device, NVIDIA installed various linked services that help the software perform efficiently. If these services work, you may avoid confronting the ‘NVIDIA control panel not opening.’ Restarting NVIDIA services may resolve the problem. Here are the steps to follow: 

Step 1: Launch the ‘Run’ utility by clicking the windows key +R. 

Step 2: In the run command box, type ‘services. msc’ and click ‘enter’ to continue. The services will be launched. 

run services msc command

Step 3: In the services menu, navigate to ‘NVIDIA Display Container LS’ and right-click the particular service to select ‘restart’ from the drop-down menu. 

restart nvidia display container

Step 4: As the service restarts, repeat the steps to restart other services like ‘NVIDIA LocalSystem Container, NVIDIA NetworkService Container, and NVIDIA Telemetry Container.’ 

Step 5: Once all services restart, check if the error is resolved, as the NVIDIA control panel will appear in the taskbar or main menu. 

Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10 to Fix Nvidia Control Panel Not Opening

It is believed that the fast startup feature on windows 10 enabled on your device will put your device in hibernation instead of a complete shutdown. It sometimes may cause problems and lead to errors like ‘NVIDIA control panel, not opening’ errors. In this context, the files and services of NVIDIA do not respond to fast startups and fail to work.

Hence, disabling the fast startup on windows 10 would help fix the Nvidia Display Driver Service. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Launch the ‘Run’ utility on the device via windows key+ R from the keyboard. The Run command box will appear. In the command box, type ‘control’ and click ‘ok’ to continue. It will launch the control panel for windows 10. 

control panel

Step 2: Set the view mode on ‘category’ followed by selecting the option ‘hardware and sound.’ 

hardware and sound

Step 3: In the option of ‘power,’ click on ‘Choose what the power buttons do.’ In the next window, select the option of ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable.’ 

change settings that are currently unavailable

Step 4: Check if the ‘fast startup’ is turned off. Click ‘save changes’ and restart your device to resolve the error. 

disable fast startup

Restart the NVIDIA Control Panel

Suppose you need to open the NVIDIA control panel due to the ‘NVIDIA control panel not opening’ error. In that case, the easiest fix is to end the task, i.e., quit the application from the task manager and reopen the application. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Start the process by right-clicking on the taskbar, and from the list, select ‘device manager.’ 

open the task manager

Step 2: In the task manager menu, select the option of ‘NVIDIA Control Panel’ followed by selecting the option of ‘end task.’ Allow time to end the task and relaunch the NVIDIA control panel to check if the error is resolved. 

Quit the NVIDIA Display Container process 

Sometimes, the ‘NVIDIA control panel not opening’ error occurs due to another NVIDIA service running in the background, and it majorly happens due to the NVIDIA display container. Ending this task with the task manager utility will help to resolve the error, and it will help to launch the NVIDIA control panel. Here are the steps to follow: 

Step 1: Launch the ‘task manager’ utility by right-clicking in the taskbar space. Choose ‘task manager’ from the list. Double click option to launch ‘task manager.’ 

open the task manager

Step 2: In the task manager, navigate to the ‘details’ tab, and in the next window, select ‘NVIDIA Display Container.’ Right-click the option to select ‘end task’ from the drop-down list. Once the task ends, restart your device and relaunch the NVIDIA control panel. 

end nvdisplay container task

How to unhide the NVIDIA Control Panel

NVIDIA control panel not opening error may sometimes occur due to the NVIDIA control panel missing from the taskbar or windows main menu. It happens due to any third-party application installed on the device that may cause the icon to hide automatically. Here are the steps to unhide the NVIDIA control panel again. 

Step 1: Launch the NVIDIA control panel, and in the header menu, change the view mode of icons. Change it to ‘large icons.’ From the ‘items’ menu, select the option of ‘NVIDIA control panel.’ 

nvidia control panel in windows control panel

Step 2: In the next window, select the option of ‘desktop tab’ and check if ‘Add Desktop Context Menu and Show Notification Tray’ is checked. 

add desktop context menu

Step 3: The NVIDIA control panel will quickly launch from the taskbar or main menu. 

Reinstall Drivers from the NVIDIA GeForce Experience to Fix Nvidia Control Panel.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience is a compatible software with NVIDIA graphic cards. This third-party application helps the service to update outdated drivers. Here are the steps to reinstall the graphics card drivers with GeForce Experience. 

Step 1: Start typing ‘GeForce Experience’ in the taskbar’s search box. Double-click the result appearing in the list to launch the application. 

search geforce

Step 2: In the GeForce Experience window, navigate to the ‘driver’ tab. In the next window, a list of drivers will appear on the screen. Choose the currently installed driver from the ‘currently installed’ menu. 

reinstall driver in geforce

Step 3: Select the targeted driver and right-click the option to choose ‘reinstall driver’ from the drop-down menu. Once the driver is installed, reboot your device and launch the NVIDIA control panel. 

Check for a Windows Update to Access Your Nvidia Graphics Card Driver

Updating windows can sometimes resolve the error of ‘NVIDIA control panel not opening.’ Updating windows to the most recent versions can be one of the quickest fixes to open the Nvidia control panel sub. Here are the steps: 

Launch settings via the main menu and select the update and security option from the settings window. In the update and security window, choose the option of windows update. And check for updates—select update to resolve errors. Once you have installed the Windows update, try re-accessing the Nvidia driver.

check updates

Uninstalling and reinstalling the NVIDIA Graphic Card driver

If the faulty graphics card driver is constantly troubling the NVIDIA control panel opening, then uninstalling and reinstalling an older Nvidia graphics driver can resolve the error. Here are the steps: 

Step 1: Launch’ device manager’ from the main menu. Right-click the windows icon and select the device manager option from the list. 

Step 2: In the ‘drivers’ tab, select the targeted graphic card drivers and right-click to select ‘uninstall.’ Once the process completes, reboot the device to let it automatically reinstall compatible drivers for running the application on your device. 

uninstall graphics driver

Use a Registry Fix to Access the Nvidia Display Driver Service.

Using a Windows registry, i.e., utilizing a command line-based mechanism to resolve the problem with the Nvidia control panel process, ‘NVIDIA control panel not opening’ can be fixed. Here are the steps to use the registry to correct the problem. 

Step 1: Launch the ‘run’ utility by windows key+R. In the run command box, type ‘regedit’ to launch the registry editor. 


Step 2: In the registry editor, locate the following key and expand the menu handler to search ‘NvCplDesktopContext.’ Right-click the key to select ‘delete.’ 

delete regedit entry


Step 3: In the next step, navigate to the following location to launch ‘shell.’ Then select the option of ‘new’ and click on ‘key.’ Rename the key as ‘NVIDIA Control Panel.’ 

Step 4: Right-click on ‘NVIDIA Control Panel’ and select the option of ‘new’ followed by selecting ‘key.’ Rename the key as ‘command.’ 

create new regedit entry

Step 5: In the ‘command’ option, right-click the option to select ‘default value’ to set it as ‘C:\Windows\System32\nvcplui.exe.’ Click ‘ok’ to complete the action. 

new registry nvcplui entry

Step 6: Reboot the device and launch the NVIDIA Control Panel to check if the error is resolved. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Nvidia Control Panel Not Opening

What is the Nvidia Control Panel Application?

The Nvidia Control Panel is a tool that allows users to customize and optimize their hardware settings for maximum performance and stability. It provides access to various settings, such as resolution and display configuration, antialiasing, stereoscopic 3D, and ambient occlusion.

The panel also includes several performance monitoring tools that provide information about the status of hardware components;
– Memory
– Storage devices.

By optimizing performance using the panel, Nvidia graphics card users can improve their gaming experience on Nvidia graphics cards.

Andrew Holdeman
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Andrew has extensive experience with a wide range of writing platforms and automation systems. He has spent over 6 years creating content and troubleshooting for various companies. He also enjoys spending time with his family and his fiancé, while staying active and healthy.