How to Troubleshoot “Nvidia Control Panel Won’t Open” Problem on Windows 10

For systems with an NVIDIA graphics card, the NVIDIA Control Panel is essential. It allows you to get into the control system of your card and adjust its performance at the system level.

If this panel is not available, you may have a problem: you are missing out on optimization, customization, and potential performance enhancements. It also indicates that there’s something wrong with your NVIDIA settings or the system itself.

So, how do you open the NVIDIA Control Panel? Read on to find out.

What causes the “Nvidia Control Panel won’t open” problem?

One of the main reasons why the Nvidia Control Panel doesn’t open is because your computer is using faulty or outdated video card drivers. The panel will only work if you have an Nvidia video card with correct and working drivers installed on your computer.

The QuickStart feature in Windows 10 shortens your computer’s boot time and provides a faster boot process. However, there is a price to pay for this. Some programs, including the Nvidia Control Panel, may not work correctly if this feature is enabled.

Several services must be running on your computer for the Nvidia Control Panel to work. Normally, your computer will start these services automatically when you turn it on. However, it is possible that for some reason these services stop working, preventing you from opening the Nvidia Control Panel.

How to solve the “Nvidia Control Panel won’t open” issue?

Perform a Windows Update

  1. Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to the “Update and Security” section.
  3. In the right pane, click the Check for Updates button.
  4. If updates are available, they will be automatically downloaded and installed in the background when you restart your computer.

Temporarily disable the antivirus software

  1. Click the Start button, type Security, and select Windows Security in the results.
  2. Select Virus and Threat Protection.
  3. If you don’t have third-party antivirus software installed, you can disable Windows Defender protection.
  4. In this case, you can click Open App and disable your antivirus program from the menu.
  5. In Avast, for example, you can disable protection in the Protection menu, then Basic Shields.

Disabling the quick launch option in Windows

  1. Press the Windows + S key, type Power Options, and then select Power and Standby Options from the menu.
  2. Find the Related Options section and click Advanced Power Options.
  3. The Power Options window opens. From the left menu, select Select What Power Buttons Do.
  4. Click Change settings that are not currently available.
  5. Uncheck Enable Fast Boot (recommended) and click Save Changes.

Reinstall the driver through the NVIDIA GeForce Experience

  1. Open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience.
  2. Now go to the Driver section.
  3. Select the Reinstall Driver option, select the components and click Install.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the reinstall process.
  5. After reinstalling the driver, check to see if the problem persists.

Update your drivers

  1. Right-click Start and select Device Manager.
  2. Right-click on your NVIDIA driver and select Update Driver.
  3. If a driver update is available, the wizard will automatically install the driver; otherwise, your driver is already updated.
  4. Restart your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot open the NVIDIA Control Panel on your computer, the problem may be with your drivers. To resolve this issue, you need to update your NVIDIA drivers. Go to the manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers for your video card. Install them on your computer and the problem will be solved.

  1. Right-click on your Windows desktop, then select NVIDIA Control Panel from the context menu.
  2. From the Windows Start menu, select Control Panel, and then double-click the NVIDIA Control Panel icon in the Control Panel window.

  1. Run a malware scan.
  2. Try opening the Control Panel in Safe Mode.
  3. Try to open it with Explorer.
  4. Run sfc /scannow.
  5. Check and set the file association for the control panel files.