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Fix for NVIDIA Control Panel that Won’t Open

Fix for NVIDIA Control Panel that Won’t Open – NVIDIA is an American company responsible for one of the most popular brands of graphics processing units. Almost every computer, gaming or professional has this technology as well as some of gaming consoles now.

This chip has its own control panel wherein you can change settings and configuration which is helpful because you can customize your display to what suits your eyes. Recently, it has been reported to Microsoft the NVIDIA Control Panel won’t respond or won’t even come up at all. Even when all the drivers show up to date, the system just would not bring the panel up.

Fix for NVIDIA Control Panel that Won’t Open

Sure, you can try to go with rebooting your system but if it does not work, here are some other methods you can try.

Method 1. Make sure NVIDIA Display Driver Service is running

NVIDIA Display Driver Service is in control of launching its control panel. Try getting this up as it’s a dependency system by doing the following steps;

  • Press Windows plus R to open the run prompt. Type in msc and hit Enter to open the console.
  • Search for NVIDIA Display Driver Service in the service window.Double click and set the Startup Type to Automatic and then start the service if it shows stopped.

Fix for NVIDIA Control Panel that Won’t Open

  • Redo the same steps for all other NVIDIA settings you see.
  • Attempt to bring up NVIDIA Control Panel.

Method 2. Use Display Driver Uninstaller

  • Visit here to download the uninstaller.
  • Be sure that you are in Safe Mode when you do this process.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions as you run the uninstaller.
  • Restart your computer and install the latest NVIDIA drivers from the official NVIDIA website.

Method 3. Set Highest Resolution

It may be because the NVIDIA Control Panel won’t open in a lower resolution so try to set the display resolution to highest.

  • On your desktop screen right click on the blank space .
  • In the settings, change the resolution of your display and set it to the highest value. There usually is an indicated recommended value which you can choose.
  • Apply the settings.
  • Reboot your computer and try launching the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Method 4. Update NVIDIA Graphics Card Driver

It is most likely that the drivers may not be updated or corrupted so, some services won’t work, including that of NVIDIA control panel. You may try to update the driver and see if it solves the issue. You may do this manually or automatically.

For Manual update

  • Go to the official NVIDIA website and locate the most updated driver. Make sure to select the driver that works for your operating system.

For Automatic update

  • You may download Driver Easy from this Website.
  • Run the application and click Scan Now. This will scan your computer and find any drivers that needs fixing or updating.
  • If the NVIDIA update comes up then click on the update button to automatically download and install the correct version of driver.
  • This application has free and paid version. For paid version, it can update all drivers you need to update at the same time.

Method 5. Uninstall NVIDIA Graphics Card Driver

Fix for NVIDIA Control Panel that Won’t Open

  • Type Device Manager on the Search button.
  • Right click on NVIDIA graphic card and select Uninstall. Click yes for confirmation.
  • Type Control Panel on the Search button.
  • Go to Uninstall a Program
  • Uninstall everything related to NVIDIA
  • Reboot your computer and reinstall the most updated drivers either manually or automatically.

Method 6. Update .NET Framework and VC++ Redistributable

NVIDIA runs on .NET Framework and VC++ Redistributable. You can browse around this web-site to install the latest version of .NET Framework  and browse around this site for Visual C++.

You may also run a Windows update by hitting Start and typing Windows update, click on Search for updates on the list that comes up.

Method 7. Registry Fix

This method is where you have to be careful as you will be dealing with data from registry. One incorrect move just might cause a real bigger issue.

  • Type regedit on Search. Accept if it asks you to grant access.
  • Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\ContextMenuHandler
  • Locate NvCplDesktopContext, right click and select delete.
  • Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell.
  • Right-click Shell and add a New > Key with the words Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Right-click on Nvidia Control Panel and add a New > Key with the name command.
  • click two times on the default value, provide the key C:\Windows\System32\nvcplui.exe and click on OK.
  • Try launching the control panel after restarting your PC, which you now can do by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Nvidia Control Panel.

You may also contact NVIDIA’s customer service and have their experts assist you with your case.

Updated: December 19, 2018 — 8:05 am

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