Many NVIDIA graphics adapter users have reported that their NVIDIA Control Panel is missing on their Windows computer. They can’t find the NVIDIA Control Panel on the desktop context menu or in the Windows Control Panel.
You may be very annoyed when you‘re experiencing this issue. But don’t worry. It’s fixable. Here are a few fixes you should try.
Try these fixes
You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.
Your NVIDIA Control Panel may be hidden by Windows during the upgrade from a previous version or by software that has accidentally changed the graphics settings. You can open NVIDIA Control Panel in Windows Control Panel and then show it in your desktop context menu. To do so:
1) Press the Windows logo key and R on your keyboard to invoke the Run dialog.
2) Type “control” in the Run dialog and press Enter on your keyboard. This will open Control Panel (of Windows).
3) In Control Panel, under View by, select Large icons.
4) Select NVIDIA Control Panel.
5) In NVIDIA Control Panel, click View or Desktop, and then check Add Desktop Context Menu.
6) Right-click your desktop and see if your NVIDIA control panel reappears in the desktop context menu.
If the methods above can’t help you, or you can’t see NVIDIA Control Panel even in Windows Control Panel, you need to update your graphics driver. In most cases, NVIDIA Control Panel disappears because you are using the wrong graphics driver or it is out of date. So you should verify that your graphics adapter has the correct driver, and update it if it doesn’t.
There are two ways you can update your graphicsdriver:
Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.
Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.
Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually
NVIDIA keeps updating drivers. To get your NVIDIA graphics driver, you need to go to the NVIDIA website, find the driver corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.
Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
Option 2 – Automatically update your graphics driver
If you’re not comfortable playing around with drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can download and install your graphics driver by using either the Free or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:
1) Download and Install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
If updating driver can’t help you, you may need to reinstall it completely. There may be corrupted driver files that simple uninstallation can’t get rid of. You need to clear all the files before you install the new driver.
You can also use Driver Easy to reinstall your driver (also Pro required). To do so:
1) Open Driver Easy and select Tools.
2) Select Driver Uninstall. Click your NVIDIA graphics driver in the Display adapters category and then click the Uninstall button. Your graphics driver will be removed soon.
3) Restart your computer. Then open File Explorer (on your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E).
4) Go to C:\Program Files (x86) and C:\Program Files, then delete all the NVIDIA folders.
5) Then you can use Driver Easy to re-install the NVIDIA graphics driver.
6) Check to see if this fixes your problem.