When you go into the NVIDIA Control Panel to change the settings, you see this message pop-up: Access Denied Failed to apply selected setting to your system. You’ll absolutely feel confused and upset. But don’t worry, this problem should be easy to fix. Try below methods to fix it.

Try these fixes:

  1. Update your NVIDIA graphics driver
  2. Reinstall your graphics driver
  3. Run the NVIDIA Control Panel as administrator
  4. Close Game Bar

Method 1: Update your NVIDIA graphics driver

The “Access Denied” problem probably caused by an old, wrong or missing NVIDIA graphics driver. 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 NVIDIA graphics adapter: manually or automatically.

Option 1 – Download and install your driver manually

NVIDIA keeps updating drivers. To get them, you need to go to the NVIDIA website, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct driver for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update your NVIDIA graphics driver

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your NVIDIA graphics driver 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 update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version, it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and 30-day money back guarantee):

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 the Update button next to the audio driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.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 which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

If you encounter problems while using Driver Easy, please send an email to support@drivereasy.com.

4) Run the NVIDIA Control Panel to check if this fixes your problem.

Method 2: Reinstall your graphics driver

If updating the 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.

1) Run Driver Easy and select Tools.

2) Select Driver Uninstall. Click Display adapters folder and select your NVIDIA graphics driver. Then click the Uninstall button. Your graphics driver will be removed soon.

3) Restart your computer. Then press the Windows logo key and E to open File Explorer.

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. (Follow method 1)
Note: If you click Scan Now button but your graphics adapter doesn’t appear, you should go to Device Manager and click the button to refresh it first, then back to Driver Easy to install the driver.

6) Run the NVIDIA Control Panel then check whether the “Access Denied” message will appear or not.

Method 3: Run the NVIDIA Control Panel as administrator

To resolve this problem, another way is to run the NVIDIA Control Panel as an administrator. The “Access Denied” problem may be encountered by the program running without permissions. So, run the NVIDIA Control Panel as an administrator, with high integrity access, the problem may be resolved.

1) Press the Windows logo key and E together to open File explore.

2) Navigate to C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Control Panel Client then right-click on the nvcplui.exe and click Properties.

3) Under the Compatibility tab, tick Run this program as an administrator then click OK.

4) Right-click on the nvcplui.exe and click Run as administrator.

5) Run the NVIDIA Control Panel and check whether the message will appear or not.

Method 4: Close Games Bar

The Game Bar is a built-in tool in Windows to improve your gaming experience. It is automatically enabled with the Windows update, but it seemed to interfere with the NVIDIA Control Panel. You can try to turn the Games Bar off to solve this problem.

1) Press the Windows logo key + I together to open the Windows Settings. Then click Gaming.

2) Click the button to turn off the Game Bar.

3) Run the NVIDIA Control Panel and check whether the “Access Denied” message will show up.

Hope this article will meet your needs. If you have any questions, please leave comments below, we’ll try our best to help.

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