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How to fix “NVIDIA control panel missing” issue

Here you will find out:

  • what causes the “NVIDIA control panel missing” issue
  • how to fix this issue
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

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What causes the “NVIDIA control panel missing” issue?

The graphics card on your computer controls a lot of things and that makes it one of the most essential components in a computer system. If your PC's graphics card is manufactured by NVIDIA and you come across the "NVIDIA control panel missing" error message, it means that your NVIDIA graphics card has gone bad. However, in some cases, this error may be due to corrupt registry entries or Windows files. Regardless of the cause of this error, here are some proven troubleshooting techniques to try out.

How to fix this error

Method 1: Unhide NVIDIA Control Panel

A Windows update may “hide” the NVIDIA Control Panel and that may be the cause of this error. Hence, by unhiding the panel, you can possibly get rid of the error message. So, how do you unhide the NVIDIA Control Panel?


  • Open the Control Panel page (right-click on “Start” and click on “Control Panel”).
  • Change the “View by” option to “Large icons” (the button is in the top-right corner).
  • Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel and open the page.
  • Click on the “Desktop” menu and activate the “Add Desktop Context Menu” and “Show on system tray” options.

Method 2: Update the graphics driver

If your graphics card is outdated, error messages like this are bound to occur. If it's been a while since you updated your drivers, maybe that's what you need to do to fix the "NVIDIA Control Panel Missing" error. Follow the steps below to utilize this method.


  • Get the newest driver software from the developer's website and install it manually on your PC.
  • Alternatively, you can update your drivers automatically:

Press Windows key + R to launch “RUN”.

Type devmgmt.msc into the bar.

Click “Run” or press Enter.

Double-click on “Display Adapters”.

Right-click on your graphics driver and choose the “Update Driver” option.

Select “Search automatically for updated driver software”.

Method 3: Reinstall the graphics driver

If updating the driver doesn't work, then you should consider uninstalling it from your system. After uninstalling the driver, you will need to reinstall it. These are the steps for how to uninstall and reinstall your NVIDIA graphics driver:


  • Open devmgmt.msc via RUN (explained in previous method).
  • Expand “Display Adapter”, right-click on your graphics driver, and click “Uninstall”.
  • Visit the NVIDIA drivers’ download page and get the exact NVIDIA graphics driver you uninstalled.
  • Afterward, reinstall the driver manually.

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