Many users reported that NVIDIA Control Panel keeps crashing on Windows 10. For some the Control Panel crashes when clicking on Manage 3D settings, and for some it just won’t open at all.
But don’t worry. This issue might not be so hard to fix. And here’re some ways you can get the Control Panel working right away.
Try these fixes
You might not need to try them all. Simply work your way down until you find the one that does the trick.
- Run as an Administrator
- Check files on your Desktop
- Check for system updates
- Update your graphics driver
- Remove conflicting programs
- Rebuild files of NVIDIA Control Panel
- Repair system files
Fix 1: Run as administrator
In some cases, it would just be a permission issue. So first you can try running NVIDIA Control Panel as administrator and see if it works for you.
- On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) and type or paste C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Control Panel Client. Then press Enter.
- Right click nvcplui.exe and select Run as administrator.
If this method doesn’t work for you, simply continue to the next one below.
Fix 2: Check files on your Desktop
It might sound strange, but some users reported that the culprit was some files/folders on their Desktop. According to the feedback, you can check and move any files or folders with a lengthy name. Or you can move everything on your Desktop to another drive and see if NVIDIA Control Panel works now.
If this trick doesn’t give you luck, check out the next one below.
Fix 3: Check for system updates
You might run into issues if your system is missing some important updates. Normally Windows will update automatically, but you can make sure you have installed all the patches manually.
- On your keyboard, press Win+I (the Windows logo key and the i key) to open the Windows Settings app. Click Update & Security.
- Click Check for updates. Windows will then download and install the available patches. It might take some time (up to 30 mins).
When you’re sure your system is up to date, do a reboot and launch NVIDIA Control Panel.
If the issue persists, you can move on to the next solution.
Fix 4: Update your graphics driver
It’s very likely the issue is driver-related, which means you could be using a broken or outdated graphics driver. You should always make sure your drivers are up to date as it’d help you steer clear of lots of issues.
You can update your graphics driver manually, by going to the NVIDIA website, finding the latest correct installer for your model and installing step by step. But if you don’t have the time or patience to do that manually, you can update automatically with Driver Easy. And its restore point feature will help you safely recover from buggy driver updates.
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- 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 you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
After updating your graphics driver, restart your PC and check if NVIDIA Control Panel is working properly.
If the latest drivers don’t seem to fix the issue, you can try the next method below.
Fix 5: Remove conflicting programs
According to some users, the conflicting programs include but not are limited to the Opera browser and some major 3D programs. You can start from checking recent changes to your computer, or you can do a clean boot to find out the offenders.
- On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the r key) at the same time to invoke the Run box. Type or paste msconfig and click OK.
- In the pop-up window, navigate to the Services tab and check the box next to Hide all Microsoft services.
- Uncheck all the services EXCEPT those belong to your hardware manufacturers, such as Realtek, AMD, NVIDIA, Logitech and Intel. Then click OK to apply the changes.
- On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager, then navigate to the Startup tab.
- One at a time, select any programs you suspect might be interfering, and click Disable.
- Restart your PC.
If a clean boot fixes the issue, you can repeat the steps and only disable half of the services and startups to root out the offender.
If the problem lingers on, you can continue to the next fix below.
Fix 6: Rebuild files of NVIDIA Control Panel
The constant crashes can be caused by corrupted files. If that’s the case, you can use the following steps to rebuild the critical components.
- On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) and type or paste C:\ProgramData\NVIDIA Corporation\Drs. Then click OK.
- Delete nvdrsdb0.bin and nvdrsdb1.bin. Next restart your PC and check if NVIDIA Control Panel is working correctly.
If the issue is still there, you can take a look at the final fix.
Fix 7: Repair system files
The worst case scenario here is that your system is corrupted. But before you take the nuclear approach to reinstall Windows, you can try to repair the system.
Reimage is an online repair tool that will fix Windows automatically. By replacing only the corrupted files, Reimage keeps your data intact and saves you the time to reinstall.
- Download and install Reimage.
- Open Reimage and click Yes. This will run a free scan of your PC and give you a detailed report of your PC status.
- Wait for Reimage to scan your PC. This may take a few minutes.
- Once finished, you’ll see a report showing all the issues. To fix all the issues automatically, click START REPAIR (You’ll need to purchase the full version. It comes with a 60-day Money-Back Guarantee so you can refund anytime if Reimage doesn’t fix your problem).
Hopefully this post helps you stop NVIDIA Control Panel from crashing. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to leave a comment down below.