Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Won’t Open Windows 10 With a Foolproof Solution

NVIDIA drivers have a Control Panel to fine-tune the graphics card settings. But, many users are complaining that the NVIDIA Control Panel won’t open and this is preventing them from customizing the graphics card saving on their PC. This problem can arise if the antivirus software installed on your PC interferes with it. On the other hand, the NVIDIA display seem to contain certain processes which sometimes seem to resist the computer from accessing the Control Panel. There are many such issues which we are going to discuss in this article so that you can have a suitable solution at your desk. So, let’s move on to that section.

Solutions to Fix NVIDIA Control Panel Won’t Open Windows 10 Issue

We have come up with these solutions only after having them tested with the other NVIDIA users who were facing the same problem where Nvidia Control Panel won’t open:

Solution 1: Disable the Antivirus

According to most NVIDIA users, their antivirus is the actual factor causing this issue. Therefore, you will need to uninstall the antivirus software to check whether it is the actual cause or not. To uninstall the antivirus, open the Control Panel from the Windows search bar. Windows 10 users can right-click on the Start menu and access the Control Panel directly on their PC. Then choose ‘Programs’ and click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link. Scroll through the list of programs installed on your PC and select the antivirus. Then, right-click on it and select the ‘Uninstall’ option. Click ‘OK’ on the resulting popup to confirm the uninstallation process. After uninstalling the antivirus, restart the system if asked and see whether NVIDIA control panel opens or not. If not, then nail down your way to the solution below.

Solution 2: Stop NVIDIA Display Container Process

Being a technical gadget, your PC may suffer from minor to major glitches at times. These glitches can be a conflicting factor for NVIDIA Display Container processes. Thus, we will ask you to end these processes by the following steps:

  1. Press ‘Ctrl, Shift, and Esc’ keys altogether to open the Task Manager or search for it at the Start menu.
  2. Among the list of multiple processes, right-click on NVIDIA Display Container process and choose the ‘End Task’ option from the context menu.
  3. The process will automatically restart and fix the NVIDIA Control Panel won’t open issue.

Solution 3: Check Whether the Necessary Services are Running or Not

Certain services need to be running correctly on the PC in order to access the NVIDIA Control Panel. Generally, NVIDIA relies on two services that you will need to ensure by the following way:

  1. Press Windows logo key and ‘R’ at the same time to launch the Run application.
  2. Type ‘services.msc’ into it and Press ‘Enter’ or click the ‘OK’ button.
  3. On the Services window, search for NVIDIA Display Container, double-click on it and open ‘Properties.’
  4. Navigate to the ‘Startup Type’ option and set it to ‘Automatic.’
  5. Click the ‘Start’ button, hit the ‘Apply’ button and then ‘OK’ to start the service.
  6. After that, find out NVIDIA Network Service Container, select the ‘Automatic’ option for the ‘Startup type.’
  7. Now check whether these two services are running and you can open the NVIDIA Control Panel.  

Solution 4: Start the Application from the Installation Directory

You can easily open the NVIDIA Control Panel by starting the application straight from the installation directory. To start the application, do as discussed below:

  1. Navigate to the ‘C: Program FilesNVIDIA CorporationControl Panel Client’ directory and run ‘nvcplui.exe’ extension.
  2. It is going to start the NVIDIA Control Panel on its own.
  3. Alternatively, you can create a shortcut of NVIDIA and add it to the ‘C: ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartUp’ directory in order to force start NVIDIA Control Panel.

Solution 5: Create a Reimage for Various PC Problems

Though it is a great way to fix the NVIDIA Control Panel won’t open issue, it requires technical assistance. Otherwise, your attempt of creating a reimage for various problems might be fatal. Therefore, hire a computer software expert to repair common errors, and provide protection against loss files. Furthermore, ensure that your PC is not suffering from hardware failures. If so, then you will need to fix the faulty hardware and optimize its performance as well.

Also Read: NVIDIA Installer cannot Continue

Solution 6: Fix the Corrupted and Missing Files

A virus or malware can make entry into your Windows Operating System and corrupt or replace some of the system files. Thus, run a System File Checker tool of Windows to fix these files.

  1. Type ‘cmd’ in the Windows search box and press ‘Enter.’
  2. Then select Command Prompt(Admin) to open the Command Prompt window.
  3. Type ‘sfc/scannow’ in the command line and press ‘Enter’ to launch the System File Checker.
  4. Let the tool scan your PC, repair the corrupted files and get recover the missing files.
  5. After the tool has completed its task, restart the system and open the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Solution 7: Disable Fast Boot Option in Windows 10

Fast Boot is Windows 10 feature that let the Operating System boot faster than in previous Windows versions. However, this feature can cause various issues and NVIDIA Control Panel won’t open is one of them. Thus, you will need to disable this feature and try to fix the issue by the steps below:

  1. Type ‘power settings; in the search box and press ‘Enter.’
  2. Choose ‘Power and sleep settings’ from the search results.
  3. Go to the right panel of the ‘Power Settings’ window and scroll down to the ‘Related Settings’ section.
  4. Click ‘Additional Power Settings’ link to open the ‘Power Options’ window.
  5. Click ‘Choose what the power button dows’ option and select ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  6. Make sure that the ‘Turn on fast startup(recommended)’ option is unchecked or else uncheck it and tap the ‘Save Changes’ button below to apply the changes.
  7. After disabling the Fast Boot feature, reboot the system and open the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Solution 8: Update the Graphics Card Drivers and Operating System

An older version of drivers of Operating System may prevent Windows from opening the NVIDIA Control Panel. Thus, you need to update the graphics card drivers as well as the Operating System to their latest versions. So, visit the official website of NVIDIA and search for the latest graphics card drivers. If a newer version is available, then click the ‘Download’ link to get it on your PC. Updating the driver manually is not a guaranteed way as you may download wrong drivers that are incompatible with your system. Thus, we will suggest updating the driver by a third-party tool.

After updating the driver, it’s time to install the latest version of the Operating System. So, go to Settings by using the shortcut of Windows key and ‘I’ on the keyboard. Then move to the ‘Update and Security’ section and select the Windows 10 Operating System. Click the ‘Check for updates’ link and let Windows install the available updates on your PC. After the whole process is over, restart the system and check whether you can open the NVIDIA Control Panel or not.

Solution 9: Reinstall the Driver from NVIDIA GeForce Experience

Several NVIDIA users have fixed the issue by simply reinstalling the driver from the NVIDIA GeForce Experience application. Therefore, open NVIDIA GeForce Experience on your PC and head over to the ‘Drivers’ section. Choose the ‘Reinstall the driver’ link and tap the ‘Quick Install’ button. Then, follow the instructions coming up on the screen to complete the reinstallation process. After the installation is finished, restart the PC and access the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Solution 10: Ensure that the NVIDIA Control Panel isn’t Hidden

Certain software or Windows update can hide the NVIDIA Control Panel without your knowledge. As a result, Windows fails to access the Control Panel. Thus, you will need to check this thing by opening the Control Panel. So, launch the Control Panel as we have discussed in the earlier section of the article. On the Control Panel window, choose the NVIDIA Control Panel so that it opens on your PC. Then go to the ‘Desktop’ tab and select ‘Add Desktop Content Menu’ option. Check the box for ‘Show Notification Tray’ icon and ensure that the NVIDIA Control Panel is visible in the taskbar of your PC.

Now, you are hopefully going to solve the NVIDIA Control Panel won’t open issue in a few minutes only. For sharing your feedback write a comment in the comment section below.

Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa