How to fix NVIDIA Control Panel not opening on Windows 10

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) up. Some need to adjust the size, orientation, scaling, etc. of their displays to work better or use their computer in a more efficient way. 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


NVIDIA Control Panel not opening

If NVIDIA Control Panel is not opening, responding or working on your Windows 10 computer, here are a few things that can fix the problem for you:

  1. Restart the NVIDIA Control Panel process
  2. Restart the NVIDIA Display Driver Service
  3. Upgrade your NVIDIA Display Drivers.

Let us see these in detail.

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.

Restart the Service for NVIDIA Display Driver

You will have to open 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 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 NVIDIA LocalSystem Container service.

Check if this fixes your issue.

Update your NVIDIA Display Drivers

One of the main things that you should be doing is updating your NVIDIA Display Drivers.

For that, you just need to head to their latest Display Driver Download Website to download the NVIDIA driver.

From the drop-down menus, you need to select the exact model of your Graphics Card. Then upon hitting the Search button, you should be able to see the latest release of the driver for your graphics card. Accept the terms of use and then download the driver. Finally, run the downloaded file to install your latest drivers.

Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Your NVIDIA Control Panel should be working just fine!

Related read: NVIDIA Control Panel Access denied.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.