People who work on graphic intensive applications like games or any video rendering software constantly need to control how their graphics card is used. Some gamers constantly need to toggle their Graphics Quality settings to get their FPS (Frames Per Second). Some need to adjust the size, orientation, scaling, etc., of their displays to work better or use their computer more efficiently. Here is where NVIDIA Control Panel comes into the picture. First of all, this software works on computers only with an NVIDIA Graphics Card attached. So, if you use any other graphics card, this would not work for you. But what if you find that the NVIDIA Control Panel is not opening on your Windows computer?
NVIDIA Control Panel not opening
If the NVIDIA Control Panel is not opening, responding, or working on your Windows 11/10 computer, here are a few things that can fix the problem for you:
- Restart the NVIDIA Control Panel process
- Restart the NVIDIA Display Driver Service
- Upgrade your NVIDIA Display Drivers Software
- End Nvidia Display Container Process
- Update NVIDIA Display Driver or Graphics Driver
Let us see these in detail. You will need admin permission to resolve this. The Nvidia control panel is the driver software for its hardware in Windows for those who are not aware.
1] Restart the process for NVIDIA Control Panel
To restart the process for NVIDIA Control Panel from your Task Manager, hit the CTRL + Shift + Esc button combinations on your Keyboard.
Look out for a process called NVIDIA Control Panel Application.
Expand it and right-click on the NVIDIA Control Panelsubprocess. Click on End Task.
Now try to open the NVIDIA Control Panel from the Start Menu and check if this fixes the issue or not.
2] Restart the Service for NVIDIA Display Driver
You will have to open the Windows Services Manager. Start by hitting the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility. Then type in, services.msc and then hit Enter. It will now launch the Services window and will populate a list of services.
Now, look out for services called NVIDIA Display Container LS. Double-click on it to open its Properties box.
Ensure that the service is Started. If not, Start it. If it is already started, Stop it and then Start it again. Also, ensure that the Startup Type is Automatic.
Do the same for the NVIDIA LocalSystem Container service.
Check if this fixes your issue.
Read: NVIDIA Control Panel missing.
3] Update your NVIDIA Display Drivers Software
One of the main things that you should be doing is updating your NVIDIA Display Drivers.
For that, you need to head to their latest Display Driver Download Website to download the NVIDIA driver software.
Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Your NVIDIA Control Panel should be working just fine!
PS: TheReduxPL suggests in the comments below: “Update the Nvidia Control Panel with the Microsoft Store app…and the app immediately started working”.
4] End NVIDIA Display Container Process
One of the known culprits behind the high CPU usage is the nvdisplay.container.exe application. If you open Task Manager and sort them based on CPU, you would notice that this application takes a toll on the computer.
Sometimes applications get stuck, and they cannot close result in resources stuck for a long time. All its eventually results in the bottleneck. The best way to get rid is to right-click on the Nvidia Display Container Process and end it using the Task Manager.
5] Update NVIDIA Display Driver or Graphics Driver
Possible the updated windows or the driver has a conflict. Usually, an outdated driver has all sorts of problems. A fresh installation or update might help. You can update the graphics card driver in two ways:
Open Device Manager using WIN + X followed by pressing the M key. Next, please navigate to the display adapters list, and expand it. Right-click on the Nividia listing, and choose to update the driver. It will ask you to search the driver automatically and then point you to search for an updated driver in Windows update.
Click on it, and then click on Optional Update under the Windows Update button. It will be enabled only when there is an update. Locate the driver update, and install it.
You can install it manually if you know the driver version. Use Device Manager to go to the Properties of the display adapters, and switch to the Driver tab. Check for the version.
Next, visit the OEM website, and download the driver based on your version of Windows. Install it, and check if the issue is resolved.
I hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to resolve where NVIDIA Control Panel was not opening.
Can’t open Nvidia Control Panel Windows 10?
If you cannot open Nvidia Control Panel, you may want to update your drivers and system. Check your antivirus. You can also try to disable the Fast Boot option in Windows 10. If that does not work, try starting the application directly from the installation directory.
How do I force open the Nvidia Control Panel?
To force open the Nvidia control panel, restart the Process for NVIDIA Control Panel. Then, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc at the same time to launch Task Manager. Next is to locate NVIDIA Control Panel Application, expand it, and right-click the NVIDIA Control Panel sub-process to choose End Task. After you have done these steps, open NVIDIA Control Panel to see if you can access it.
Related read: NVIDIA Control Panel Access denied.