NVIDIA Control Panel Missing In Windows 10/11

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If your NVIDIA control panel is missing this will stop you from being able to configure certain settings. So if you have an NVIDIA graphics card installed in your Windows 10 PC or Windows 11 PC then you should have access to the NVIDIA Control Panel.

But if you have noticed that the control panel is either missing from Windows, or perhaps you are getting a popup notification warning you that it cannot be found? Don’t worry because this can easily be fixed, and that is what I will be explaining how to do in this guide.

As you probably already know the NVIDIA control panel has lots of great settings which help enhance and make your Windows computer run better. It also can help to improve how your games run on your computer. So not being able to use the NVIDIA control panel because its missing is not ideal.

You can usually access the Nvidia control panel from your Windows taskbar. But if it is not there or you get a message like the one below saying that the “NVIDIA control panel is not found”, then keep on reading.

NVIDIA notification saying NVIDIA control panel is not found.

What Is NVIDIA Control Panel

The Nvidia control panel allows you to make changes to your NVIDIA graphics card settings and make changes such as:

  • Resolution
  • Colour settings
  • Display rotation
  • 3D settings
  • Desktop size and position
  • Setup multiple displays

These are just a few examples of some of the settings that can be changed within the NVIDIA Control Panel options.

Related: Clear NVIDIA cache files

How To Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Not Showing

Below are methods for resolving the Missing Nvidia control panel in Windows. Try each method until one resolves the issue for you.

Fix 1. Restart Windows

Restarting Windows can resolve most problems. And it’s definitely worth giving it a try first if you haven’t done so already.

Fix 2. Restart NVIDIA Services

  • Open the start menu and search for Services and open it
  • Now find the NVIDIA services > Right-click each service and click Restart
Windows Services restarting Nvidia service.

Fix 3. Reinstall NVIDIA Driver

  • First, you need to go to NVIDIA Website here.
  • Now select your graphics card from the list then search for a driver for your GPU
NVIDIA website showing driver download list for the graphics cards.
  • Download and run the setup file for the NVIDIA driver and follow the steps
  • Choose if you would like to install Geforce Experience alongside the driver
NVIDIA driver setup window.
  • Now select Custom and press Next
NVIDIA setup window.
  • Tick Perform a clean installation and click Next
NVIDIA setup window showing clean install option.
  • Now Restart your PC and once restarted you should now be able to access the NVIDIA control panel. You can do this by right-clicking on your desktop or through the system tray and right-clicking on the NVIDIA icon
Windows context menu showing NVIDIA control panel option.

NVIDIA Control Panel Still Missing

If you have done the methods below and are still missing the NVIDIA control panel options in Windows, then the next thing I would suggest is to try creating a new user profile and see if that resolves the issue. As it could be a problem with the user profile which you are currently signed into.

If using a different user profile did not work then another thing you could try is using System restore and going back to a point in Windows when the NVIDIA control panel was working.

I hope the above guide has helped restore the NVIDIA control panel on your Windows PC or laptop. As I said above, not having access to the control panel does make things a little more awkward when wanting to change graphics settings.

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